"Other" website fishing reports

Fiish

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Feb 12, 2008
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Has anyone else experienced this:

You pay to go on a boat - 1/2 day, 3/4 day, over night, etc...

You get back and wonder how the other boats did that day, so you go online to check the reports and say, "hey, wait...that's the boat I was on, and that is certainly NOT what we caught!"

I'm wondering if anyone out there knows, or has an idea of, why this happens.

I check 976-tuna.com and sportfishingreport.com...

Both of these websites have been guilty of reporting false counts. By this I mean, the counts they have reported for boats that I have been on have been completely wrong on more than one occasion.

Also, while checking these website's reports, I have seen CRAZY crap- like...500 Sand bass for 20 anglers on a half-day boat. I'm guessing that one was actually 500 Sand Dabs.

Today I checked 976-tuna and saw this:

Alicia out of H&M Landing - "4-18 day" trip...caught 30 rockfish, 2 lingcod, 13 sculpin, and 2 red rock cod.

WTF!??!

Was it a 4 day trip? was it an 18 day trip? do I believe that they only caught rockfish on a "4-18 day" trip? and if they did give up on everything else, how could they only catch 35 assorted rockfish?

How can these websites continue reporting such inaccurate information?

Is it the captains who report the false info?
Is it the landings who report the false info?
Is it the person who enters the info into the website? (which I believe is most likely, after reading the posts on this website from a certain person who claims to be a writer for 976-tuna.)

Anyway...

I'm starting to lose respect for the aforementioned websites.
I'm starting to think that anyone can get the info- have someone enter it into a website- and, after a short time, get a CRAPLOAD of HUGE fishing companies to sponsor me and let me quit my job and fish.

Has anyone experienced this same thing?

Does anyone have any knowlege or any idea why this happens?
 
Jul 4, 2006
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Tony
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17.5' Seaswirl c/c
Has anyone had experienced this:

You pay to go on a boat - 1/2 day, 3/4 day, over night, etc...

You get back and wonder how the other boats did that day, so you go online to check the reports and say, "hey, wait...that's the boat I was on, and that is certainly NOT what we caught!"

I'm wondering if anyone out there knows, or has an idea of, why this happens.

I check 976-tuna.com and sportfishingreport.com...

Both of these websites have been guilty of reporting false counts. By this I mean, the counts they have reported for boats that I have been on have been completely wrong on more than one occasion.

Also, while checking these website's reports, I have seen CRAZY crap- like...500 Sand bass for 20 anglers on a half-day boat. I'm guessing that one was actually 500 Sand Dabs.

Today I checked 976-tuna and saw this:

Alicia out of H&M Landing - "4-18 day" trip...caught 30 rockfish, 2 lingcod, 13 sculpin, and 2 red rock cod.

WTF!??!

Was it a 4 day trip? was it an 18 day trip? do I believe that they only caught rockfish on a "4-18 day" trip? and if they did give up on everything else, how could they only catch 35 assorted rockfish?

How can these websites continue reporting such inaccurate information?

Is it the captains who report the false info?
Is it the landings who report the false info?
Is it the person who enters the info into the website? (which I believe is most likely, after reading the posts on this website from a certain person who claims to be a writer for 976-tuna.)

Anyway...

I'm starting to lose respect for the aforementioned websites.
I'm starting to think that anyone can get the info- have someone enter it into a website- and, after a short time, get a CRAPLOAD of HUGE fishing companies to sponsor me and let me quit my job and fish.

Has anyone experienced this same thing?

Does anyone have any knowlege or any idea why this happens?
It's called making money. Truth stands in the way of that goal, so catches are bumped upward.
 

MikeyLikesIt

did you say F I S H I N G ???
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heck, its just a typo. LOL



yeah, it happens sometimes, me included. are they inflating the counts to create business....maybe. Most down here in SD do not, to my recollection; at least on a regular basis. But, so what? do you base your decision to fish COMPLETELY on the fish count? if so, might pay to just assume that the count could be padded a little and rethink.

I dont see it as a big deal, unless it becomes a pattern, in which case, the offending landing would be shooting themselves in the foot.....once the word was out, people would go elsewhere.......

Not being critical of you for asking......just saying it might be a typo. :D
 

Saluki

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May 10, 2003
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Mikey, what was the name of the cook on the Alicia when we took that 18 day trip on it?
 

Fiish

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Mikey, what was the name of the cook on the Alicia when we took that 18 day trip on it?
Ha! really...

you got me-

besides- I'm not so sure that the majority of these false reports are from boats "padding" their counts...

I think that, as is the way with most every issue, the correct answer is that it is a combination of all possibilities.

I'm guessing (as I mentioned in my first post) that the majority of the false information comes from the typos by the briliant people entering this info into the websites.
 

Fiish

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O ---and BTW- GO LAKESHOW!

("thread jack"? no...it's my thread!) HA!
 

Kareem Korn

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Feb 17, 2005
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It is what it is..... I don't read fish reports for counts, just clues.
 

Afry

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Jul 5, 2005
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Try that around here and you will get owned in about, oh...8.5 secs.
 

ECMFab

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Mar 24, 2008
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Sold her :(
I was gonna say get your own boat and stop reading the reports but you already have one.. Next action?
 

wakeupnride

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Oct 18, 2006
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soon i hope!
Sportfishingreport.com, Chad Woods site, has some major errors at times. Its the programming. Earlier in the year, all fish were registering as yellowtail. If you check the archives, you will see boats catching hundreds of yellowtail in the winter time.

As for 976-Tuna, they have a way of making nothing sound like something special. Their #1 sponsor boat, the Legend, always seems to get the best coverage and is listed as the #1 albacore boat in 2007. That is most definitely false.

The incorrect fish counts are not because the captains are lying, its the websites screwing up on accident. Sometimes I think they do it on purpose. When 976-Tuna is trying to sell on of their trips they will make every rumor of fish sound like confirmed information.

This is all, of course, just my opinion.

Ethan.
 

Shaka760

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18 days on the Alicia would be a back-breaker!!!LOL
 

titan05

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Apr 7, 2004
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Fish counts are subjective and not always factual. I heard a capt ask a deck hand "How many did we hook and lose?".....he added that into the count. I guess if you have a boat of hot sticks....the count goes up and if you have a boat full of new to the sport types......the count is the same as the hot sticks. Difference is on the deck or on the hook. With boats that I consider above board, I always add 15% to the count when I see it because that is about the lose ratio....gives me a better idea of the bite that is in progress.

Besides...we all know the old adage " Don't believe anything you hear and only half of what you read"
 

aaronj

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Jun 10, 2004
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I heard that there were some BLUEFINITA in the counts a couple days back....

Factual? Maybe - but a little bird told me the sportie had to back down one them because they were almost to the spectra....:nutkick:

Aaron
 
Feb 17, 2008
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It's not just those two websites. Landings do it on their own websites. I have reported here before when I went out, how many were caught and what the boat reported. My buddy told me he called up the landing on this same issue once when he got back and saw what they reported and they gave him free passes to keep him quiet. The fish count issues don't just happen as "programming" errors.
 

goldminer

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Last year forget what boat I was on, but was throwing iron at the slimmers all day. At the end of the day the Captain came over and asked how many I had hooked. And guess what it was in the count as fish caught.
 

FishWiz

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Believe nothing you read or hear, and only about half of what you see. Rule for life.

I just find it funny how they have so many typos in a season. Ya, right.
 

johnnylite

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Dont' believe anything you hear and only half of what you see with your own eyes.
Actually no I never wonder about that.