Jon: I could not remember my updated screen name or password so I just put a (.) behind the old username.
I came to TFF as a Avid Carp Angler from the 80s with the likes of Mick Thill and Nigel Griffin and saw they had a Rough Fish section on TFF but I did not see a panfish/perch section. Most fish seemed represented. I remembered how I loved panfishing up into my midteens before bass fishing caught my interest, then soon big carp. Even when carp fishing I would be after panfish...some carpers thought it was odd...but I would occasionally see other carpers doing so too. Sooooo long story longer. I asked some people on TFF for this section. If I remember right there wasn't much interest in doing it at first. So I asked some carping buddies who knew powers that be on TFF and like magic one day the section appeared. So I'm not sure if I would want to take credit for anything other than I really pushed for this section. I'm glad so many people like this section. I seem to be on the front of many methods in the states and being in the right place at the right time and because I'm research minded. Its all been fun but I like to get back to basics and for me that's the love of panfishing and possibly part of what I lost in technology and the media. So simple yet so satisfying. Tight lines.
I never knew of your part in getting this section created but a belated Thank You for your successful efforts toward that result!!!
One thing I've always been extremely proud of and impressed by is the politeness between members in this section.
I believe this section holds the record of least friction and most polite discourse between members. Not to say we're all angels but I could count on less than the fingers of one hand the number of times there has been any serious personal bickering between members.
I think that is quite telling given the number of people who regularly post to this section now compared to the number who were active here when it first started. Usually the more people you get, the more bickering and/or rudeness you get. I don't know for sure but I don't recall anyone ever going to the wall as a result of anything they posted in this section.
I recall one of your earlier posts where we had a discussion of native Texas "perch" and when i mentioned Fliers you explained their genus species being different from most of our natives which i never knew before.
so Thanks!!! for your part in getting this section to life. That was a good thing you done there.