Here’s how you can actually get fishing tips, tricks and help from Twitter.
You’re probably sick of articles about the unexpected places where social media has popped up recently. This is the last one, I swear.
Yes, Twitter is actually a valuable tool for fishing if you know how to use it. Information can make or break a fishing trip: how’s the weather, how are the fish behaving, where are the recent hotspots? After technique, it’s the single greatest factor that decides whether you get a lot of strikes, or strike out.
And the purveyors of that information have congregated on Twitter with the rest of the world. They have a lot to offer, if you know how to connect.
Twitter Lets You Know What’s Relevant
Google is a valuable tool, but it has one weakness: you need some idea of what you’re looking for.
Twitter has the advantage of surprising you with a perspective you may not have been aware of, or thought to search for. Fishing pays dividends when you’re prepared for the unexpected.
Connect With Experts
If only Lee Wulff were alive today, and had a Twitter.
It’s well known that Twitter gives you a unique opportunity to connect with celebrities and other high profile figures. For fisherman, that means writers, pros, and local guides. Their advice can sharpen your game, helping you prepare in advance of your trip to the river.
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There Are TONS of Fishing Report Accounts
Websites that post fishing reports often get their content out through Twitter. Reports are a great way to get in depth, boots-on-the-ground information on where to fish and what to expect. Check out these accounts to get a sense for what you can find.
Unfortunately, these outlets use their Twitters in a less focused way than you’d want. There’s a lot of news, videos, and other content not directly related to where you want to fish.
But there’s a bunch of accounts out there, too. Do some digging, and you’ll find what works.
You’d Be Surprised Where You Can Get Reception
More times than not, I’m fishing somewhere where I’m getting cellular service. If you’re deep in a national park or offshore you’ll probably lose the signal, but otherwise you can get updates on the fly.
This is especially useful for weather. Some newspapers run a Twitter account that gives accurate reports multiple times a day. It’s also pretty focused—none of the dross that often clogs up other feeds.
Use Lists to Filter Your Feed
Twitter is a hype machine, first and foremost. Topics of national interest are going to overwhelm your feed, making it harder to see the information you want. I’m comfortable saying that fishing reports are never going to be a topic of national interest.
The solution? Make a private list. A list will show you a feed only for the accounts relevant to that list, filtering out the story of the hour. If you follow a lot of fishing accounts, you could even create multiple lists with more limited topics.
Creative use of the medium has kept Twitter alive and growing for eight years. The world-famous hashtag is a great example: it started out as an ad-hoc tool to let users search topics, but its usefulness became a defining feature of the platform. #Fishing may give you much more than you ever dreamed it could.
So use your imagination. Twitter has uses far beyond what I’ve listed here.