That brings up my other Q: I have been looking
for "CURRENT" fishing reports up/down the
VA side of the Bay, and all the web sites I
find appear to have only 3 or 4 reports from
this spring. Do people fish that little in the
My opinion is that every trip should be reported -- the good, the bad, and the ugly. You can learn as much from a report about a bad trip as you can about a good outing. What's NOT working is just as important as what IS working. Many fishermen (including myself) fish areas that are two to three hours from home. Nothing more disappointing than renting a room, buying a ton of bait, then finding out "you should have been here two weeks ago!" The essence of a good bulletin board is TIMELY and ACCURATE information.
There is one BB that has a NJ charter captain who posts one successful day after another, week in, week out. He posts on the board meant for fishermen (the site has a seperate board for charters/headboats.)He's been caught in a few "nontruths" when one or more of the fishing party posted their own report.
Here in Philly we have Lou Rodia's Fishing Report in the Daily News every Thursday. I've seen partyboats post results for trips I was on... Many times the number of fish caught or the weight of the pool fish are, shall we say, exaggerated. In all fairness, Lou's column has "advertisement" written above it (in very small print.) But I've always been wary of too many good reports coming from the same boats week in, week out.
That brings us to the value of a good BB system. A central forum for timely reports (both good and bad) from fishermen willing to share locations and methods is a priceless resource. I believe we have one right here....
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