We are breaking new ground here at the OBN with this post. We have highlighted various well deserving bloggers in the past – and will continue to do so in the future – but this post is dedicated to one particular blog. So – why is the Takemefishing.org blog so important ? Read on, my friends, read on …
A few weeks ago, in our Inbox filled with various Comments to the OBN posts and new Blog Submissions, we got some communication from the folks at Take Me Fishing.org asking how they can become a part of, and work with, the OBN. I was more flabbergasted than Owl Jones was when he found out he was a Featured Blogger!
You see, Take Me Fishing is a brand of the RBFF – The Recreational Boating and Fishing Fund, a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization. RBFF’s funding is administered through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service pursuant to a cooperative agreement between the Agency and RBFF. The original source of the funds, the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, is comprised of excise taxes paid by manufacturers of fishing tackle and a consumer tax on motorboat fuel. Basically, the funding comes from the fact that we like to go fishing and use motor boats. I could re-write their Mission, Vision, and Programs into my own words, but I can’t say it any better than they can, so I’ll utilize my vast “Copy-and-Paste” skills to let you read it for yourself:
RBFF believes that parents don’t frame pictures of their children playing video games and couples don’t reminisce about the unforgettable evenings they spent sitting in front of the TV. That’s just not how memories are made. Boating and fishing bring families together and boost friendships. Sunny afternoons spent on the water foster the kind of conversation and contentment that strengthen relationships.
RBFF has developed a wide variety of programs and products that make it easy for people to get involved in recreational boating and fishing. Under their Take Me Fishing™ brand and Anglers’ Legacy™ program, RBFF provides the tools to help people get started. RBFF also reminds lapsed boaters and anglers — people who enjoy the sport but no longer participate — about the joy they’ve been missing.
When I read those statements, my mind immediately goes back to the hundreds (thousands?) of blog posts I’ve read over the years. That love of the outdoors, the passion for being “out there”, the willingness to take our friends and neighbors out and show THEM how great his sport is – we as bloggers are essentially mirroring the efforts of Take Me fishing. And there is no better way to maximize these efforts than to work in tandem.
The TakeMeFishing.org site hosts a plethora of resources. The State Info tab alone lets you buy a license online, find camping facilities, picnic areas, launches, … In addition to the hosting of an enormous amount of useful resources, the site has a blog, which is what led them to them OBN in the first place.
Their most recent blog posting – The 10 Days of Fishmas – is essentially a Wish List of Christmas Presents for the fisherman. But – their “elves” scoured the web, and each recommendation is actually a blog post from someone suggesting the gift. Guess what – 5 of the 10 suggestions are from OBN bloggers who posted in response to the Christmas List writing prompt! They are:
- #10 - The 100 Little Dramas 12/8 post – Handwarmers
- #8 – Reel Lady’s 12/7 post – circle hook jewelry
- #7 – Wind Knots and Tangled Lines - 12/7 – a bamboo fly rod
- #6 – River Damsel – 12/8 – waders for the fishing woman in your life, and, their #1 recommendation:
- #1 – Journal of a MN Angler – 11/30 post recommending Gift Cards to your Sportsman’s favorite retailer!
The OBN is doing something unusual with regard to the TakeMeFishing.org blog – we are dual-listing it. It will be found in the General Fishing category as well as the Boating and Watercraft Blogs.
We strongly encourage you to click over to their site and get acquainted. There are vast resources on their site that can be of use to everyone. I know this is already a lengthy post, but I could go on for another 2 or 3 pages about the content found on this site. In particular, I encourage all of you to check out, and participate in, the Angler’s Legacy program. This program will be the subject of a future post as well.
And, finally, I know that some of our bloggers are already familiar with the resources on TakeMeFishing.org, and interact on their site. How do I know this, you may ask?? Well, when I was randomly checking out the posts and threads on their site, I saw a comment from . . . Owl Jones!
Does that guy EVER sleep?