Bernie's in "the industry" and makes his living off talking about fishing and getting exposure, he should be everywhere.I spent some time looking for this mystery website since coming back to the forum and wondering if that had anything to do with the decline here (thinking maybe people ventured elsewhere in my decade absence)
With that, I could only assume that the references were pertaining to FishExplorer.com
Kind of hard to determine from navigating the site what the big stink about it is? Seems like a decent place for info. Even saw Bernie on there, and made me think of my ice rod stashed someplace in the Upper Peninsula
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There's only so much water, I've been dumb in my early days on here and had some small ponds whored out by folks who had never met me but saw my information about the ponds on here....I'm not the only one who has dealt with seeing a bunch of internet report chasers blowing spots up.Interesting info, thank you for sharing. I guess I like the concept of an easy place to find accessible info on lakes and reports, and it would save time filtering thousands of posts with uninformative information. This is especially true for me as I am always making out of state trips and it can be a real struggle to find the most basic of feedback. But I also agree that a site with that format takes some of the uniqueness away from a forum, if a forum is what their goal was.
Other than what you shared, I really know no other information about the other site. I started coming here after meeting Don B and never went anywhere else (even WSA when I moved from Denver to GJ...that used to be the real competition back in the good ole days)
Just a little unfortunate that the amount of valuable posts from our members here has declined significantly over my 9 years away. Especially since the amount of general online internet users has spiked during this time along with everyone's access via mobile devices (back then, Blackberry was the elite phone)...but I still very much enjoy seeing the quality of fish coming out of CO and the beautiful back drops in the pictures, which will keep me lurking.