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Why do you take pics of fish to post on the internet?

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4 hours ago, hwsmike said:

How else would some of them catch fish…ever wonder when you’re there catching, and 30 come out of the woodwork? IG heroes…people who have nothing better to do than beat their chests. It is nice to get a call here and there..but I go when I can. 
not everyone has a leisurely life to do as they please collecting

Thats this website too 

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Is it a problem that i have more pictures of fishing plugs than fish?  Im trying to decide if its a plug problem or me actually catching fish problem.  

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1 hour ago, Goldy said:

Is it a problem that i have more pictures of fishing plugs than fish?  Im trying to decide if its a plug problem or me actually catching fish problem.  

Ahhhh.... you are addicted to plug porn.. 

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3 hours ago, SurfCaster01289 said:

Thats this website too 

Of course it is….I don’t beat my chest here though.

I get it..newbies catching and being excited about it. Maybe it was from the help of someone here. Maybe it was sheer luck. But nowadays this site is the least of it IMO

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On 9/12/2021 at 0:01 PM, JimK said:

I have posted a picture occasionally..probably less than 10 over the last 20 years.. and none in the last 2 or 3 , maybe more.  And to be honest most of the fish were not really bragable.. so it made me examine my motives.. especially since I am potentially doing more damage to a fish that is already stressed beyond belief from what I just put it through.. Generally  I found my motivation is self promotion, bragging.. attention seeking.  So I decided to stop with the pics..although if I catch a truly big fish there will be a picture.. but endless pics of small fish are pointless to me.

 

So why do you post pics of your fish?  Why do you choose to put additional stress on a resource we all value so greatly? If you are keeping the fish for the table it's a moot point.. otherwise

... fire away.. I've got thicker skin than a cow nose ray ..

I take pictures of most fish that I catch. A quick snap with my phone for the smaller stuff and I usually have a GoPro on a spike in the sand ready to go for the more notable catches. All of 10 seconds start to finish so not really concerned about damage to the fish since it’s really not that much additional time out of the water, handled properly, and never touch dry sand. 
 

Now why do I do it? Many reasons. Both my grandfather and dad were/are great fishermen. They’ve landed some serious fish over the years yet only have a handful of pictures to document this; I always wished I could see more. So part of it is a log for my kids and future grandkids to have one day and technology nowadays makes it very easy with quality cameras built into phones and compact cameras that are easily transported. The rest is a social log for my Facebook / Instagram fishing account which has led to great opportunities, including a ton of free tackle, being commissioned by a company to shoot promotional videos of their lures, and meeting some really great people along the way. 
 

I see no issue with it as long as one’s able to get the picture in quickly and handles the fish with care. 

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4 hours ago, Goldy said:

Is it a problem that i have more pictures of fishing plugs than fish?  Im trying to decide if its a plug problem or me actually catching fish problem.  

I had a smaller problem than you I solved it with Fresh Bait - Sand Spike Beach Chair Umbrella Cooler. 

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So my question is why post a catch report?

 

why post that you went fishing?

 

Why post tides, time etc…..?

Of course its self promotion…..What is else could it be? 
I posted a pic a blue fish eye stuck on the trebles once. 
So is it actually more self promoting to post a pic of a larger fish then a 24” fish?

 

Besides we all know it’s to help Tim S. get rich……

 

My ego rules bro…..

 

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13 hours ago, Jay Blair said:

Maybe the folks that are appalled at posting fish pictures probably don't have or want any fishing buddies.

 

I have fished with friends and their kids for 50 years and we have annual trips that are just as much about the camaraderie and friendship as fishing. We have a couple of friends that act as archivist and keep a record of our fishing trips, fish photos, other photos: and it helps the new younger members buy-in into our fishing fraternity and sport when they see our pics, hear our stories and we add their pics and stories.

 

When I fish by myself I am more focused on fishing: being stealthy, reading the water, picking my casting targets, angles of retrieve, speed, depth, and type of lure retrieve and rarely take pics. If you are not paying attention when you catch a big fish you will have a tough time duplicating what you did to catch it.

 

When I fish with others it is all about putting them on good fish, with effective techniques, and acknowledging their success and enjoying their comradery. Some of the folks on this site that have fished with me will tell you as much.

 

This Fall will not be typical. With health issues and job issues due to Covid and the economy, family issues and with one friend just starting new job, only a few will be with me this Fall, but they are all long time friends.

 

I have mixed feelings about my last trip, because I am getting old and I will be fishing by myself in a difficult to wade high gradient gorge with no easy way in or out. It maybe my last trip to the gorge by myself, but it is a great trophy spot and I have to go again after fishing it for 15 years because I know what lurks there. We have won and lost numerous trophy sized trout in that gorge and I will miss my buds who would normally fish it with me, their pics, sharing the time with them on the river and their camaraderie.

 

I know fish better and catch more fish when I fish by myself, but it is not the same as sharing it with a like minded individuals that are your friends. I would rather share the fish and the experience and the pics help preserve those memories. If you live long enough there may come a time when memories are all you have.

Thank You My days Fishing was Great met and fished with many New and Old Freinds some long gone but in memory Now. I to was a Sharer even a Teacher to some. Loved the Bayshore Monmouth County for the Easiest access and  Great Seasonal Fishing. The Ocean Front was Rarely visited  But for Ocean Grove North to Seabright. When my One Grandson took to it my interest exploded to share it all with him Have to dig up some photos but these will suffice for now He was very dedicated and spent hours Casting Catching was a Reward, I would feel bad when he did not catch a fish & Beleive it or not it was he who told me, Grandpa, we can Not catch fish all the time he was 7 at the time. at about 11 he discovered the Surf Board Fishing was 2nd but when no waves it was Fishing.  

 

I think Fishing taught him a lot in Lifes lessons of the Good - Bad - Trust & Ugly in People He never found the need to Compete like in Surfing Fishing meant Good Times. 

Had to add one more photo that shows how dedicated and interest in Fishing he is Was ___ Union Beach Spring Stripers Rainy Nasty Cold but he Hung in There even after being Skunked for the day.

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3 hours ago, hwsmike said:

Of course it is….I don’t beat my chest here though.

I get it..newbies catching and being excited about it. Maybe it was from the help of someone here. Maybe it was sheer luck. But nowadays this site is the least of it IMO

totally agree. A really great way to stop/ start to discourage those photos + culture would be to take down the reports thread! It does so much more harm than good. And just to add - the reports crew speaks often about how its the same 10 guys always sharing and thousands watching - why dont they just exchange info and report to each other?

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Wow all the Fuss over Photos being Posted 

Problem Solved

#1 ignore them. 

#2 Pass them by.

#3 Do not open them up.

#4 Look without passing judgments.

#5 Block Poster.

I post Pictures for the literary Handicapped :howdy: Like they Say a Picture is Worth ( Better ) Than a 1000 Words. 

Is it all Jealousy - Envy - Offensive -  My Fish is Bigger than Yours Its Look what's for the Supper today :idea: It is Fishing Sportsmanship Brothers of the same Interests Comradery  Not The Political Grafity Forum?  

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Yes taking pictures stresses the fish. But who I am to judge? Recreational c&r is considered cruel by many. Exactly what moral high ground do I have? Its a good discussion. And btw everyone concerned with virtue signalling is right but by mere mentioning it you have now virtue signaled your anti virtue signaling position. 

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