www.fishingspotspecs.com – History

The roll out of Fishing Spot Specs ™ (FSS) on January 7th was the culmination of a dream of hooking anglers up with the most up-to-date fishing data about 15 years ago. At that time it was built as a stand alone program called VisualLog. Information could be purchased on floppy disks and uploaded to the program or you could just type in your own. Development stalled, the program got put on the shelf to collect dust and plan B, the Lake St. Clair Combat Bass Fishing Newsletter was born. The hardest part about leaving the program behind was that a top-notch graphics developer, Dan Kohls had put a considerable amount of time in to develop it too and in most respects the program worked. It still needed a few parts and then to go through a vigorous beta testing process to get it to market though. I credit Dan with helping to form the vision which FSS fulfills in part today.

Although the advent of FSS is personally gratifying, the real winners will be you, the end user. If there is anything that a decade of publishing the newsletter has taught me is that the method of delivery of the information is as important as the information itself. There are things that I do on the water that don’t translate well to an end user. One example of that is an area fishing method I use which can be extended as much as five hours without catching a single bass. In hour six, seven and eight though I can do no wrong and the day ends with us having to leave biting fish. This has to do more with style than data but it could be taught. The purpose of fishing information however is to get data into the angler’s hands and allow them to fit their confidence presentations and baits into the realities of the fishing environment. That’s the lesson learned during the long wait for this product and in that respect, http://www.fishingspotspecs.com delivers.

The search screen alone offers so many choices for filtering raw data to meet your needs. In the case of my data, a search can be made on a specific body of water – Lake St. Clair, the St. Clair River and the Detroit River or all of them together. You can break those out further by filtering out only those fishing reports that relate to a single jurisdiction – U.S., Canada or Walpole or all of them together as well. Beyond that there are date, fish, water and weather specifics which can make the resulting report worthwhile.

As of this writing there are only 77 live records available which are relevant, but limited in scope. You can tell from the front page of the website if any more have been added. Once I hit 200 records it opens up some research potential for pre-season planning then as that number grows, things get even more interesting. Records added after the season opener on the last Saturday of April will take on a greater importance yet towards keying you in to bass movements, bait selection, location, presentations and more.

(c) 2010 Wayne Carpenter

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