I just received this press release. Quite interesting and work checking out....
HOUSTON - Bigger fish. More fish. Fishing anytime of the day...or night. Anywhere in the world. If fishing is your passion and you dream of catching the "big one," a new online community aims to hook you and anglers worldwide and feed your passion for more and bigger fish.
Earthsports.com is a new, 24/7 online community designed specifically to connect avid anglers throughout the world with the best guides, destinations, techniques, and gear, to deliver more and bigger fish wherever anglers dare to wet a line.
Launched by Houston-based Earth Sports, LLC, Earthsports.com offers the opportunity for North America's 60 million anglers to discover everything they need to realize their fishing fantasies. The new web-based community combines the attributes of popular social networks with the information and insights anglers need to make their mark on the water. Like other social networks such as Facebook, Linkedin and MySpace, there is no charge for anglers to join Earthsports.com.
"We've set out to design the most comprehensive social media platform on the Internet for those who are addicted to fishing and other outdoor sports," said Internet and electronics executive Randy Bayne, the founder and CEO of Earthsports.com.
"Earthsports.com fills a specific niche on the Internet," Bayne said. "It's a destination where avid anglers can express their passion for fishing, and connect and interact with other like-minded anglers, guides, fishing pros and their favorite fishing brands."
Designed to offer a highly personalized online experience, Earthsports.com users share, store and customize their profile page on Earthsports.com with information about themselves and their fishing preferences, such as fishing zones (freshwater, coastal, offshore), fishing styles (wade, fly, boat, pier, jetty, etc.) and the types of fish they enjoy targeting (bass , musky, tarpon, redfish, snook, offshore, striper, panfish, etc.). Users can further personalize their Earthsports.com page by including big catch photos and videos, maintaining a personal event calendar, and creating their own blog to share their fishing experiences and opinions with other Earthsports.com users. When a user customizes his or her Earthsports.com page, they immediately begin to connect with other like-minded fishing enthusiasts, pros, guides and manufacturers.
Complementing a user's personal profile page, Earthsports.com offers a powerful guide and pro angler finder, a forum for anglers to share information, a new product showcase for Earthsports.com users to get the latest on fishing and tackle products, fishing reports and news feeds.
A serious fishing and hunting enthusiast, Bayne, who has previously built two other successful businesses, has brought together a team of outdoor sports experts to build online communities dedicated to the specific needs of avid anglers, hunters and boaters.
Anchoring the Earthsports.com editorial team is Lenny Rudow, who has been hired as Angling Editor and Content Manager to direct the development of original content and the production of high quality videos developed exclusively by Earthsports.com, featuring sport fishing's top guides and pro anglers. Rudow has more than 25 years experience in the outdoors industry. He has authored five books about fishing and previously served as the senior technical and fishing editor of Boating magazine. He also has written for Saltwater Sportsman, Marlin Magazine, Sport Fishing, The Fisherman, Texas Game & Fish, and Boating World. An experienced outdoor, boating and electronics expert, Rudow has personally tested more than 1,000 different fishing boats within the past 10 years.
"Earthsports.com brings the outdoors to the web and the web to the outdoors," Rudow added. "We will keep anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts connected, through the web and their mobile devices, to provide them a 24/7 link to the millions of other passionate outdoor enthusiasts who want to share their experiences and their expertise and feed their passion for the outdoors."