Lets move to an example. Paul owns a 17ft Half cabin boat, and would like to know if this is a suitable vessel to travel from Scarborough in Brisbane Queensland, over to Moreton Island in Queensland. Sure, the coast guard could help, or Paul could even stand at the boat ramp and wait for someone with experience in the same situation to offer some advise. Worst yet, Paul could just give it a go, hence risking the lives of people on board without the proper advise. It seems like the easiest option doesnt it….
Instead, Paul could simply register for free at a Fishing Forum, and make a post asking others with experience what they think. Surprisingly, there are plenty of members out there who are more than happy to share their wealth of knowledge on boating, fishing, camping and four wheeled driving. What this means is that you are getting personal insight to the questions you ask, and usually a lot more information that you did not even think of! In this instance, Paul would receive a response outlining the best path to take, the weather conditions to stick to, and even the best tide to make the 30 mile trip across. Other dangers like afternoon winds, sand bars on specific routes and even large ships would also be outlined in the average response. All this information is available at your fingertips, from your home computer and these days even from your mobile phone.
So Paul now has the best way across, thanks to his first forum post, but he now wants to know where to go fishing. Most Fishing forums have many different sections, including but not limited to Boating Chat, Fishing Chat, Fishing Reports, Meet & Greets, Technical advise, off topic chat and many many more. So Paul now decides to utilize the fishing chat, and he asks for fishing tips and spots around Moreton Island. Same applies here, members with experience fishing over at Moreton Island will provide some handy tips and tricks to catch a nice feed of fish. Members may also point to the free wealth of information in the fishing gps marks section, where Paul can choose from hundreds of marks in the Moreton Island area.
Now Paul has the best information on the trip there, he now has the best information on where to go fishing, he may now want to know the best maintenance tips for his outboard, the best tackle to use, the best bait techniques or lures to use, or even find out what is required to camp on the island. At the end of the day, Fishing Forums will have the answer you need.