WELCOME TO BD OUTDOORS
After more than a year of planning, scheming and dreaming, the crew from Bloodydecks is proud to present its new-and-improved website, BDOutdoors.com! Before you freak out, the forums that made Bloodydecks the largest, most-active online saltwater fishing community on the web today will NOT CHANGE. We're simply giving our users more information and photos in an expanded format.
BD Outdoors features in-depth articles and product reviews, a cutting-edge multimedia viewer, recipes, forum feeds, destination features, video galleries and much more. And as always, it's all FREE!
BD Outdoors is not constrained by the boundaries of traditional print media. The site can display everything from breaking news to lengthy photo galleries in a timely, attractive, magazine-like format that readers can access from anywhere on a number of devices.
“No one has truly harnessed the multimedia capabilities of the web to capture the essence of the sportfishing lifestyle,” says Ali Hussainy, president and co-founder of BD Outdoors. “We want to bring the adventure and passion of the fishing world online, using the latest technologies and top-tier content from around the world.”
The company hired on Charlie Levine to lead the editorial development and create a team of writers and photographers. Levine has written hundreds of articles about boating and fishing and has more than 10 years of experience editing magazines. Before coming to BD, he served as senior editor of Marlin.
To head up the creative effort, the company brought on board Derek Redwine. For the past 16 years, Derek has owned and operated BoldWater, a web-development and design firm. Over his career Derek has drawn thousands of fish and designed countless logos and websites for marine-related companies. Derek is responsible for giving BD Outdoors its unique look that is unmatched in the world of fishing websites.
We're also happy to welcome many of the sport's top writers and captains to the BD Outdoors team. Leading up the offshore content is Capt. Steve Lassley, who's won just about every tournament on the West Coast. Steve will be writing a bi-monthly column called “As I See It,” and will also contribute feature articles on various aspects of the sport. We're also excited to introduce outdoor writer Gary Graham as BD's Baja Editor. Gary will cover all of the action south of the border in his “Baja Bytes” column. Gary has been covering the Baja region for years. He will write several articles throughout the year as well. Some of the other contributors that will be writing for BD Outdoors include Dave Hansen, Ben Secrest, Todd Mansur, Bill Boyce, Tony Peña, Fly Navarro and Nate Treadwell, just to name a few.
We'll also be featuring reports and photos from our users on the homepage and throughout the site, so make sure to continue to post your fishing stories.
We've created a Pro Staff made up of the top captains across the United States and abroad. These guys will be our eyes and ears on the water and file reports and photos from their regional areas.
What it all boils down to is a love of fishing and the outdoors. It's this passion that drives everyone on the BD Outdoors team and fueled the desire to give our community an information-filled, action-packed fishing and outdoors site that they can call their own. We hope it will get you fired up.
Impact Zone Media Player — This large-format player will highlight photography in the same vein as glossy magazines. The interactive feature will appear on numerous pages of BD Outdoors.com.
Regional Experts — Weekly fishing reports and photos from the sport's top captains, writers and local experts.
Fishing Reports — Detailed reports from contributors and users highlighting all of the action from around the globe.
Photo Galleries — We all love to look at photos. Our creative team will build galleries on a wide range of topics.
Behind the Scenes — These factory tours show you how your favorite products are made, from sunglasses all the way up to the boats themselves.
World Records — We continually update and feature all of the notable world-record catches cataloged by the International Game Fish Assoc.
Species Galleries — Impact Zone galleries depicting the range of species from various hot spots around the fishing world.
Product Reviews — Full galleries and reviews on the sport's latest tackle, accessories, clothing and electronics.
Travel Destinations — Highlighting the fishing world's most popular and up-and-coming locations around the world with editorial content, photos and video. Seasonal Hot Spot maps and locators.
Recipes — Cooking the catch is a big part of the lifestyle and we've got world-class chefs supplying us with an endless stream of recipes.
Contests — Product and travel giveaways keep our readers engaged and help our partners gain demographic information and exposure.
Boat Reviews — We differentiate ourselves by looking at each boat from a fisherman's perspective. We work directly with boat manufacturers to highlight each boat's key components that separate it from the rest. More photos, less verbiage.
Breaking News — We scour the internet in search of off-beat news while we also stay on the pulse of the outdoors industry. When something big happens, whether it's a world-record catch or a potential fishing closure, you can read about it on BD Outdoors.
Newsletter — BD Outdoors will send out a bi-monthly newsletter highlighting all of the latest fishing action. This will go out to a list of more than 70,000 email addresses from readers who opted in. We don't spam our community, nor do we send out spam.
Video Galleries — Covering a range of topics from rigging and how-to segments to destination videos about the sport's finest lodges.
Social Media — Each article and feature is programmed so users can “like” it and/or "share" it on Facebook.
User-Generated Content — BD works with avid forum contributors to create feature-length articles and photo essays.
Tournament Coverage — Covering the tournament world with real-time scoring and on-site reports.
Conservation — Dedicated pages for the industry's most active groups including the American Sportfishing Assoc., International Game Fish Assoc., United Anglers of So. Calif., National Coalition for Marine Conservation, The Billfish Foundation, Coastal Conservation Assoc. and Ducks Unlimited.
Fishery Resources — Coverage of state and federal fishery issues, along with contact information.
Thank you for all of your support. We hope you enjoy the new site. It's been a great ride so far and it's just going to get better from here.