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THE INTERNET AND ITS AFFECT ON ANGLING…
WE recently attended a meeting with representatives from the Environment Agency, Angling Trust, the Local Council, tackle shops, etc. to discuss the barriers that young people face when trying to get into angling.
A large part of the meeting included the topic of social media and the internet in general and how it can be used to help people find pathways into fishing.
Since I returned home I have been thinking about the internets effect on angling in general and whether or not it is a good thing…
- Anglers have a chance to share their stories and adventures through personal websites, YouTube Channels and Facebook Pages.
- People are able to find out information quickly and easily from a range of different sources.
- Social networking enables people who live far apart to arrange sessions, exchange information and even discuss tactics.
- Companies are able to promote their products and some sell online (which is a positive but also anegative in some respects).
- It can help people connect with angling ‘celebrities’ such as Martin Bowler or Matt Hayes, butalso form a community of likeminded people.
- People can meet new people to fish with and can help you find other people in your area who fish.
- You can keep up to date with everything going on in the angling world (news spreads quickly online).
- The information can be written by anybody so is not necessarily correct.
- The content (if written by companies) can be completely product pushing and purely a means to sell more (which can be the case in any form of angling media).
- Rumours are spread fast online, and it only takes someone to say something ridiculous and someone’s career or respect goes down the drain.
- Everything to do with computers and technology can go wrong and can also be confusing.
- Some people feel that because they are behind a computer screen they can say whatever they like, even if it is offensive and rude.
Overall, I believe that the Internet has actually helped fishing in general and will continue to be a useful resource, especially if we are to find new ways of recruiting more juniors. I am, however, somewhat biased due to the fact that without the internet, I would not have the pleasure in writing this blog, or sharing our films with thousands of fellow fisherpeople!
Apologies for this blog being a short one, we are actually in France at the moment and will update you on our holiday on our return. But in the meantime, do have a look at these wonderful fishy related interweb thingies. Or ‘links to appropriate sites’ as a technology nerd would say…
SOME OF OUR FAVOURITE LINKS…
Angler’s Mail Blogs: http://www.anglersmail.co.uk/category/blogs
Angler’s Mail tips: http://www.anglersmail.co.uk/category/fishing-tips/
Angler’s Mail TV Player: http://www.anglersmail.co.uk/tv/
Angler’s Net: http://www.anglersnet.co.uk
Environment Agency: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk
Our personal website: http://www.carlandalexfishing.co.uk
Our twitter account: https://twitter.com/CarlandAlex
Our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/carlandalex
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