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Carl & Alex, as this picture shows, have been out together having fun…for Angler’s Mail magazine. Read about their session with Gary Newman, the Mail weekly columnist, in this week’s issue – with free rod rest.

 

 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…

The Carl & Alex Facebook page.

 

The pros:

  • 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).

 

Twitter – where rumours can spread fast!

The cons:

  • 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…

 

YouTube – our YT account got wiped a few months ago (technology eh!) …but it’s back and better than ever.

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 

Maggotdrowning.com: http://www.maggotdrowning.com

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 

 

VIDEO AND GIFT ALERT! Click below for a sampler of our session with Gary Newman – read it in full in the next issue of Angler’s Mail with FREE ROD REST!

 

 

 

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Carl & Alex’s last blog – including video

 

THE CARL & ALEX BLOG RETURNS HERE NEXT FRIDAY, AUGUST 30.

 

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