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.
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