Louisiana Fishing Forum Hits The Web


No matter their fishing preference, whether it?s blue marlin or black bass, Bayou State anglers now have cost-free access to what is arguably the most powerful tool in a fisherman?s arsenal ? firsthand, up-to-date information. Following in the wake of its hugely successful predecessor Texas Fishing Forum, Louisiana Fishing Forum is now online and already assisting anglers with the latest news on where to go and what to throw.

Web entrepreneur J.P. Greeson conceptualized and implemented the creation of TexasFishingForum.com in 1998, when websites on the whole, and particularly interactive online forums, were still in their infancies. Since then, TFF has evolved into the most widely-visited angling forum in Texas with over 68,000 registered users. Greeson, now president of Outdoor Sites Network, says that today the site regularly receives an average of 10 million-plus page views a month.

?Texas Fishing Forum is still growing,? Greeson says, ?and with every new user the power of the site is proportionately increased. Louisiana fishermen are by no means any less serious about the sport than their counterparts to the west, so it doesn?t come as a surprise that many of the state?s premier freshwater and saltwater fishermen have already registered for Louisiana Fishing Forum.?

Like Texas Fishing Forum, LFF is a multi-faceted website. Aside from allowing users to immediately share fishing hotpots, up-to-the-minute conditions and details on the most effective baits and lures for various locations, the site will inevitably facilitate a great many fishing friendships.

?People tend to view Internet forums as impersonal venues,? Greeson says. ?They don?t realize, though, that for fishermen of all types angling is a personal passion, a participation sport that by its essential nature calls for individuals to personally interact. These days, with rising fuel prices and a recovering economy, it?s more important than ever for fishermen to be able to team up with others who will share expenses, provide a boat in exchange for fuel costs or whatever the situation may be. TFF has created, and continues to create, a great many wonderful friendships. By its inherent nature, Louisiana Fishing Forum will undoubtedly do the same.?

Many newcomers are amazed at the instant camaraderie and overall civility they find on Greeson?s forums. For that, he says, most of the credit goes to a dedicated team of ?moderators,? all of who are avid anglers as well. ?We don?t censor information,? he says. ?We do, however, make sure that the sites are suitable for use by families, youngsters and angling novices. It?s pretty amazing how much quality information fishermen are willing to share. Those with a bit of experience will readily assure you, though, that the payback is exponential. When you?re in real-time contact with tens of thousands of people who love to fish as much as you,? he says, ?it?s virtually impossible not to discover new locales and learn priceless info every time you log in.?

Greeson is no stranger to Louisiana. His father is from Lake Charles, and much of his family still resides in the state. ?I take every chance I get to fish Louisiana waters,? he notes. ?Whether you?re talking the state?s lakes and bayous, its massive bay systems or its cobalt-blue offshore waters, Louisiana is home to some of the most diverse and consistently productive fishing in the nation. We?re proud to be bringing Louisiana Fishing Forum east of the Sabine.?

LFF registration is free. Registered users can view, and participate in, a remarkably broad spectrum of interactive forums ranging from ?Open Freshwater Discussion? and ?Open Saltwater Discussion? to forums on specific species and specialized techniques. LFF members will also find the site useful, again at no charge, for buying and selling everything from boats to baits and tackle.

?We are still in the process of setting up the site, so please be patient if you see anything that needs adjusting,? Greeson asks. ?If you have any suggestions as to what we might do to make Louisiana Fishing Forum more relevant to your needs, please email us at lff@outdoorsites.net.? To see the entire gamut of topics and services currently available, visit Louisiana Fishing Forum at www.louisianafishingforum.com.

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