I joined this forum with intentions of reading and sharing fishing information on a mature level. It seems that a certain individual seems to get more pleasure in stirring the pot and launching personal attacks on other posters. This person, C. Ward from Rocky Mount, AKA, Dabig2na seems to have a good knowledge of fishing but can't seem to share it without throwing a few rocks in the process. It appears that he belongs to no less than a dozen other forums, don't see how he has time to fish, plus has a nice pic of himself on Myspace.
I also blame the Moderators for allowing all of the immature back and forth that goes on here, the posters of such should have been booted, myself included, long ago.
With this said, this is my last post, life is just too short for this.
God Bless and good luck to the genuine posters and fisherman.
It seems that when you and your Linkdin associate felt like stirring the pot, it was always the other fella that was the problem. If you stir a pot and it boils over who is to blame? The oil or the water?
Moderators are unpaid fellas who were originally in place because they had respect for the sport and former owner, why ask them for anything?
Some folks find links tacked onto every discussion extremely irritating, it kind of shuts a good storyline down. I never open links to sites that I did not initiate the search for..too many viruses and hackers about. That activity has increased tenfold in the short time I have been on this forum, as a result I do not feel the need to tell stories like I used to when I first joined.
There is a perception on the internet that some folks can ask any question no matter how inane and expect a perfect and polite response, as if you actually paid cash money and were deserving of what ever response you were seeking. It also is surprising when someone posts a question and the response is different from what they were expecting so they get assertive and combative.
If you had grown up fishing the Point and Piers when I did back in the 1980's and you were smart ass or disrespectful of those fishermen who came before you, there were only two remedies.
1. You had to go and find another place to fish as the negativity would be too much to take.
2. You toned your act down and was grateful that someone took the time to show you the correct way.
You and Tuna would probably get along if you fished together in reel life. It may take some time, but eventually most things moderate out.
It will take a book to detail the abuse from the real life bullies, fighters and drunks and dopers I went through trying to get a position as an OBX Drum and King Fisherman and secure the right to put my rod in whatever notch I chose, and not hear a bunch of grief from the locals who owned the piers, and believe me they did own the ends of the T or the tip of the Point. A couple fellas come to mind, with whom I felt my only recourse was felony battery with intent.
I just kept showing up at 4:00 AM at Rodanthe with my heavers over my shoulder and a five gallon bucket of tackle and a humble attitude. At some point the Redhead who was a TERROR when he was young took pity on the Tourist from Nags Head and opened up the book of secrets and shared them with me, and the rest of my antagonists either grew to like me or the at least kept silent. I was a TERROR too back when I was young and strong.
Anyway there are some world class fishermen on this site. Some all calm, some just were borne with a bit more adrenaline, kind of like the Bull Shark, why poke at one?