Welcome to 2012 and the Ma Forum
If youâ€™re a saltwater fisherman, you have to consider yourself blessed to live in an area which has some of, if not the most prolific, productive striped bass waters on the planet. Right at our doorstep, we have seemingly endless bays, beaches, surf, harbors, estuaries, and blue water opportunities. Then thereâ€™s our most beloved venue, The Canal.
Fishermen from all over Massachusetts, as well the nation visit not only these waters, but SOL looking to share their experiences, and seek advice.
Angler #1 and I thought this would be the right time to go over a few long standing ground rules so that we all begin the new season on the same page.
If youâ€™re new to SOL, it is imperative that you follow all of SOL rules. TimS has them posted on his homepage. In case you canâ€™t find them, Iâ€™ve included the link: http://www.stripersonline.com/surftalk/faq.php
Angler #1 and I would also like to put some additional emphasis on a few points.
- Have fun. Here on SOL, weâ€™re not looking to balance the nation debt or solve all the ills of health care reform. Weâ€™re looking to have fun. Pass on fishing information and knowledge to those less fortunate than ourselves, shorten the learning curve, and help all be more productive anglers and better sportsmen. If the only reason you come to this family site is to intimidate and not contribute in a positive manner, then perhaps this is not the place for you.
- Sharing information is what places like this is all about. We all were rookies at some point. Iâ€™m sure we can all recall the frustration and exasperation associated with the steep learning curve. For someone new to saltwater fishing and the canal, posting a newbie question on a site such as this can be an intimidating process. While we understand itâ€™s not always possible, please make ever effort to keep replies germane to the topic matter at hand. In other words, try not to hijack threads.
- Opinions are welcome, agendas are not. Each spring around May 20, when the canal is full of large bass, someone invariably begins a thread â€œThe internet and sites like this are ruining the canal.â€ That is an agenda. The authors of such threads can expect a swift and abrupt â€˜time out.â€™
Everyone is entitled to express their opinions. Controversial topics are bound to come up, and providing they are discussed in a respectful manner, thatâ€™s cool. Be advised, in situations such as this, itâ€™s fine to challenge someoneâ€™s opinion or viewpoint, but itâ€™s not OK to attack the person himself. The term â€œad hominemâ€ means to attack the man. That, along with flaming and personal attacks will not be tolerated. In other words, be cool, or be gone. There are plenty of other places on the Internet where someone can go and behave like a jerk, but this is not one of them.
The best rule of thumb is, to just be respectful of your fellow man. Probably the same rules we all have in our homes. Humor, horse play, and tongue-in-cheek humor are great. Vulgarity, personal insults, crude remarks are not.
- In closing, the internet can be a faceless, impersonal venue. Sometimes we (me included) forget thereâ€™s a living, breathing human being sitting on the other end, with feelings just like yours. So, if youâ€™ve just typed a vicious, scathing reply, before you hit the â€œsubmitâ€ button, think how youâ€™d feel being on the receiving end, for all to see?
So, thatâ€™s it kids. The bass will be here in a few short months, and God willing, massive numbers will find their way into our home waters, and especially the canal.
Put in your time, throw the right bait, at the right place, at the right time, and God willing you will be rewarded, and rewarded handsomely.
Angler #1 and I wish all a healthy and rewarding 2012.