9.26.2012

The Fine Line and an Apology

Blogging, at least for me, carries a challenge of giving enough information for people to learn what works for me vs giving away too much. While I am no expert, if something works for me I like to pass that on to others. Maybe it will work for you, maybe it won't.

On a recent post, I posted an image to illustrate a story of how I managed to take a swim in Lake Michigan. I went through a conscious effort to hide enough background so as to not give away the spot I was fishing.

Apparently, that effort was not enough and people had a couple of ideas of where I may have been. While I won't say that any of the guesses were correct, there were a couple of people that came pretty close.

The problem that I have with this is that the spot I was fishing was not a spot that I had worked to find. It was a spot that was shown to me by others who had put in the legwork to find it. While I have no doubt that other people knew about the spot and that the the chances of it being over-fished are practically zero, it could contribute to people flocking to that spot under the illusion that the only place you can catch fish is right there.

As silly as that sounds to some, many people think that way and I fear that the spot may become a bit more crowded. Personally, I hate fishing shoulder to shoulder as it takes away from the enjoyment of the sport. The fact of the matter is that there are many places to catch these fish and all of them will produce equally as well, if not better.

I feel terrible for outing a location that was shown to me because I understand how valuable it is to have other anglers share the knowledge that they have worked to gain.

In the future, I have to remember that people actually read this blog and can pick up on details from a seemingly vague photo.

I will still continue to document outings and give details needed to allow others to share the same success that I was fortunate enough to have. Those details should help others catch fish no matter where they happen to be fishing. These will also help me look back a year or more from now and allow me to remember what was successful.

What I will not do is give away exact locations because quite frankly, it shouldn't really matter.

With that, I apologize to those who worked really hard to find that spot and assure you that it will NOT happen again.

-BFA



© 2012, BrookFieldAngler

22 comments:

  1. I have some tips for you on the topic, if you'd like. My favorite: literally use the name of the body of water directly to the east or west. If you're fishing a pond, say that you're fishing the river that the pond drains to.

    I'll take anybody fishing to anywhere I'm allowed to go. But I don't want them to find out where it was by cyber-scouting and just go blow the place up with fishing pressure.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Well, I never actually named the water or the exact spot but I get what you are saying. My fault came in the images that I used. The body of water in many scenarios for me doesn't really matter because most of them are big. Ponds would be the exception to that.

    It's the exact parts of those waters that I like to guard. I can still apply that overall idea though.

    Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Nick, we have not fished all that much together but I am a pretty good judge of character and I do not think that you would ever intentionally do anything to hurt anyone else's spot. Additionally, I think that you and the group that you hang around with are good sportsman and fishermen with some skills. That being said, many people could go to the same exact spot and not do as well. I would not sweat the issue and keep washing those lures and hooking into those big kings!!!!!!! Maybe we will have a chance to get out before the season ends and I am hunting every weekend.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Tom. I appreciate it! I sure hope we can!

      I may take you up on hunting this year. I gotta get my FOID card again since I lost my last one. Also need to get a hunting license

      Delete
  4. I knew exactly where you guys were fishing from the picture. In fact I was fishing across from you for a while that morning.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. And that was the problem with the picture! With that said....how's you do?

      Delete
    2. Only so so that day. Exhausted from a full night the night before. 6 for 9 the night before though. I agree with Teddy I figured that spot would produce the second I saw it. However, most anglers fishing for fall kings are not "decent anglers". Mostly rumnuts who rely on reports before they go out.

      Delete
  5. I'm not sure what this is all about but being that I was there;If I would have gone there for the first time and was by myself I still would've hit that spot. The narrowest section of water always seems to be a top priority spot.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hit publish too soon. I think any decent angler with a working knowledge of the spawn would have a general idea that would be a pitstop amongst other spots to fish.

      Delete
  6. What nonsense. Not you, the fact that spots have to be so secret.

    There are no secret spots.

    Every time you put up a shot of the Fox River, I recognize the background in just about all of them. Considering that I've waded from Geneva all the way past Yorkville, does that make the whole river my spot? Am I supposed to be pissed that the backgrounds can be clearly identified?

    I've given away those spots to a few hundred people. Guess what, I run into no one out there.

    This issue constantly cropping up on the internet is painfully dull.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I agree it does suck. I have noticed though that the secrecy of spots seems to be much more prevalent for fish that can't be caught from shore on a regular basis. I think that may be the key difference between the Fox and Lake Michigan salmon.

      I think a big part of that is the somewhat limited shore access. As I said before, this spot was no big secret as proven by the two fellows that showed up and crowded their way between the 6 of us that were already there.

      Delete
  7. Photo shop and cropping can be your new best friends. I hear you about keeping places a secret. I have a few on Kentucky Lake where I get bluegill and I refuse to tell anyone where they are and won't take photos when I'm there.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I am quite practiced at both and figured that what I had done originally would be enough. I still don't think that the average joe who has never been to that area would have been able to figure it out based on my but I digress.

      Delete
  8. I usually opt to draw out the situation if there's the possibility of giving the location away. If it's accessible by the public, I'll -never- use an actual satellite image. When I saw that image, the first thing that popped into my mind was: "Well, someone's gonna know -exactly- where that is now".

    And a well placed true lie like River Mud suggested has never failed me :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. As I have mentioned in other comments, the satellite image that I used would only be useful to those who have actually been there. With the exception of one key feature, I can almost guarantee that others wouldn't have been able to definitively figure out the location unless they spent hours combing the shoreline via Google Earth. At that point, I figure they probably earned it at that point. I could find at least 4 other locations with google earth that look nearly identical.

      Delete
  9. I've fished that area for years (shore and boat) and it's not a secret spot by no means.I've taken dozens of people with me and shared it with many when asked where they should go? I'll share and if the ones I told share and enjoy it also? Well thats good.Plenty of fish in that area and Tons of area to fish from shore and catch fish. The area you pointed out I like more for viewing the girls on the path more than the fishing.

    Honestly you didnt give much away to the area unless you have fished it before. I figured out that spot from another forum from your buddies post because I fished it Sunday night and many years past. That was before I clicked the link to your site and saw your image.

    Like Ken G said most dont even fish the areas there told about or shown? If so maybe once or twice. They still need to catch them if they do show up?

    Just apologise to who's offended and go on with your day. It's no secret.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Btw- You have a great site and I enjoy your posts. Keep them coming

    ReplyDelete
  11. Apparently, a reminder is needed on Picture Posting and Writing Guidelines...

    http://waterdogjournal.com/2011/05/03/picture-posting-and-writing-guidelines/

    ReplyDelete
  12. Like the others I agree that it's too bad that a spot be unnamed at all. But it seems that this has been the case since people began fishing. No you named nothing but in this day of age it's one and the same. John Montana purposefully does not post pictures of any background other than vegetation and fish and fish with people. And this is on the Columbia for goodness sakes. Sometimes it depends on where you are. Some ponds I do mention are tough, I don't see anyone doing well with out homework, lots of it. Also here we have decided lack of carpers who care, they have boats and can target the Snake River, a destination in many eyes. What you said is fair and just, just too bad as well.

    Gregg

    ReplyDelete

Let's hear it!

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Search This Blog