We all have put some leg work in and found a very special spot that was either loaded with fish or had a beast living there tucked away to catch on your next trip. Even though we love to “Post for fame”, we sometimes get “Poached by lame”. In this age of the internet, people want to take the easy way and get instant gratification without putting in the time to acquire the experience. There are a few reasons that I could think of.
-The World Wide Web gives you access to whatever you want to know at the touch of a key.
-People are extremely busy with family and work and have no time to find fish. It’s just easier and faster to find where other people are catching.
-Possibly a feeling of entitlement for those who never had to work to accomplish a goal.
This is not to say that it is a bad attribute to take the path of least resistance, but there are people who work very hard and put their time in to find the places and patterns. After all it costs gas money, time, and frustration when trying to find the species you are targeting. We have all told someone to keep it “Secret” just to come back to find multiple people fishing that exact place you asked to keep secret. It never fails, but in the interest of the people who work hard to get rewarded, it sometimes pays to photoshop out back grounds or not even have anything in the back ground to begin with. Besides, many of the photoshop back grounds are pretty amusing and it gives it a little comic relief to the post.
Most people are willing to “share knowledge”, such as rigs, baits etc, but be prepared to not be told every trade secret and definitely not specific honey holes. Those places are earned and well deserved to be kept from the rest of us as it took a lot of hard work and maybe a little luck. I am not suggesting that everyone Photoshop or edit every background when posting their fishing experience, but be aware that people do this for a good reason and there is no need to hate on them for doing it.
When you see that fish are being caught, just know that there is also somewhere else that they are being caught. Rig up for that particular species and get out there for a scouting mission. I can’t begin to tell you how rewarding one of these missions could be and make you the one that is posting for fame.
I think many of you understand this point I’m making whether you agree with it or not. It’s just something that many good fishermen I’ve run across mention. This is in fact what helps them stay on their game and continue to be successful. Just like most things in life, hard work and patience will reward those over taking the easy route.