Very valid points from the last several posts!
Admittedly I love fishing in general, but I have a real fascination about fishing under sail combined with scuba
or free diving
. I wouldn't ask about freshwater fishing in a bluewater cruiser's forum, though and I wouldn't ask about saltwater fishing at a more general fishing forum if I wanted to do it while sailing.
My logic was that if there is a subcategory for bluewater sports in general, that you would have a place to ask about the arts of diving, snorkeling, surfing, etc and also get to read about a lot of other interesting things people do at anchor
as well as their favorite places to do them at.
I've seen and heard of several cruisers who strap a kayak or surfboard to their rails and use them once they get to their destination
. If someone has a question about kayak fishing, they could start a thread in the bluewater sports subcategory and have a great chance of learning
more about it from someone who actually does that while sailing
. Or, again, for me, how and where to spearfish and not have to worry about getting arrested, getting sick or any number of other unexpected things.
I've personally spent a little time on "spearfishing" forums and didn't really enjoy it or learn anythign relevant. Why? Because it was only for Florida
, or it was for a retail website trying to sell their gear
or it was for a particular club who does things a certain way. Just not really my cup of tea.
Going back to the original example in my first post, I would love to ask advice about free dive and scuba
spearfishing as well as diving wrecks and other interesting places like Guardian of the Reef in Grand Cayman or Ocean Atlas in New Providence. There's just so much knowledge and experience at Cruisers Forum that readers could learn from! And all of these topics don't really need to have their own special subcategory in the context of a cruiser's lifestyle.
Based off of what I've heard so far, maybe a great subcategory to go under Bluewater Sports and Fishing
could be related to gathering fish and other aquatic foods in general as well as preparation of said foods. So much potential! (The subcategories were really just examples of what might be found in the new category.)
I feel like these things are very much relevant to the cruising lifestyle and would provide a great avenue for newcomers to learn about them as well.
Surely you wouldn't tell a guest who's asking for advice to leave
Cruisers Forum because there are better places to learn about their topic of interest? Or maybe because it's not related enough
to be discussed???