I say go ahead and split them. I usually fish in MD but will fish in DE from time to time. I know that the majority of the reports are MD but there are plenty of DE reports to justify separate boards.
You think we have enough people here to split them up?Who would we choose as a Moderator for Deleware?I don't know I'm still sort of partial of not having them split;Besides, theres not too many hot spots on the Deleware list but there's more spots that need to be inclued.We'll find them with a little more reserch.I don't know?
I think that splitting them up has nothing to do with having enough people to justify the new forum. It's the area. People who love to fish in Delaware should have one centralized location to find posts, fishing reports, and questions related to their area without muddling through dozens of posts on the bay, Choptank, the Narrows, etc. to find something about Delaware fishing.
The MD/DE forum as it exits today concentrates mostly on fishing the Chesapeake Bay and the surrounding rivers and tributaries. Delaware fishing is mostly ocean and inlet fishing. Fishing at OC inlet is not like fishing at IRI.
Let's establish the new forum on a trial basis and see how it runs. If it does not generate enough posts, fishing reports, or users, then dissolve it. At least we have given it a fair shake.
IMHO - I personally think that if enough MD fisherpersons had more information concerning fishing the DE beaches and inlets, they would be more willing to give it a try.
I think most of us here fish both. Heck, DE is hardly big enough to consider a separate state from MD...LoL! I often fish both the same day.
I would find it much easier to look at one place for all of my info.
Also, it seems as though where people are posting from changes with the season. Last spring it was all about the choptank, but by may or early june people were talking about Cape Henlopen, Roosevelt inlet, and IRI. In the fall there was some talk about both chesapeake spots and IRI along various surf locations. Many of us posted reports or asked question about locations in both states.
Why divide us? I think you will end up with two forums being used by the exact same people.
I think Delaware State Seashore including specific spots like three R's and Key box, Cape Henlopen Point(not just the pier), broadkill beach, roosevelt inlet, and massies landing need to be listed as hotspots.
I might be willing to write up the information sometime in the future, but would prefer if someone else would step up to the plate.
As Duke said it would be the same people using both boards. Often we fish the tank then AI then OC then IRI, what board would be the proper place to post???
I also agree that fishing at the Tank is different than fishing at IRI. Maybe divide it as MD/DE Coastal and MD/DE Inland......but then where right back where we started. The same paople using both boards.
My Vote : Leave it as it is, If it ain't broke don't fix it.
Roosevelt Inlet is probily at the top of the list when it comes to new hot spots.Can't wait to try it this year for Trout and Flounder(Fluke)and hope the Flouder fishing is better next year.I will also try Masseys this year for Tog;We need some new hot spots for Deleware forget trying to spit them up. It's just a waste of time.
Being from PA, I don't know if I even get a vote. I do all of my MD fishing on the Eastern Shore of Chesapeake Bay. But I feel if the DE guys (and gals) want their own board, so be it. I really don't think it will be that much of an inconvenience; I check the Open Forum, NJ, MD-DE, and Boating boards every visit. When things are slow, I'll even stray onto the VA and NC boards, and sometimes keep on going through to FL. And from the posts I read, I'm not the only one. One more board won't kill me....
At best, the MD guys who fish both states will get insight into new hotspots and methods; At worst, it will be as dead as the NJ board.
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