April 19, 2011
Call Up Reports By Zip Code with Fishhound
By Joe Cermele
From an Internet-savvy point of view, good online fishing reports are a tricky thing. For the most part, anglers lean on local websites and forums to see what's biting and where. In my experience, sites that attempt to post reports on a national level fail due to lack of consistent updates or lack of in-depth information fishermen can actually use. However, a new site called Fishhound.com may just break the mold.
What sets Fishhound apart from other report sites is that getting unique reports from local guides is only part of their equation. Frankly, to get enough guides signed on and submitting regularly is not easy, and often causes a report site's fall. This site takes a different route, simply aggregating all those little guide services and tackle shops that post quality reports in the first place, and lets you search them by zip code. Taking the search a step further, you can narrow reports down between 50 and 200 miles from your zip code. There is a also a Google mapping feature that pin-points a ton of real-time reports all over the country
Most of the site is free to use, but you can opt for a premium membership ($70 a year) to access detailed spot information that includes an explanation of the terrain, the best way to access the water, and primary targets. I was skeptical that such a database wouldn't be sparse, but even though the site is fairly new, I found information on little salt creeks and ponds that I figured only us locals even knew had a name. Head over to the site and play around. It's currently very fly-heavy, but they're working on incorporting reports for all species with all methods. I'm curious to hear what you think.