It cant have gone UN-noticed that were in the middle of the best cod fishing season in the past 10 years yet we barely have a single cod fishing report from any of the regulars, despite you all whinging like mad in summer about the amount of kayak reports. Just a couple of stories Ive been told confirms to me that Winter Cod Fishing anglers on this coast are amongst the most secretive there are. I understand there are other dynamics at play and a lot of people have switched over to Facebook for their sharing of pictures etc, but even there I see the same things at play. I can fully understand the facebook thing, its easy and you get instant gratification from your mates. But where that leaves your data and information in 5 or 10 years time I dont know. Most things on there seem to be forgotten in hours. Ill go into some of my observations below. My observations are obviously based on my own perceptions but this is what Im seeing and being told : I spoke with a good friend on Saturday who told me a story of fishing Robin Hoods Bay a couple of weeks ago. He approached an angler in Sewer Hole who initially would not even talk to him despite the fact they know each other. Eventually he got a few words out of him and dared to ask how many fish he had caught. No reply was forthcoming. My friends words to me were "Glenn its getting worse" A couple of weeks I spoke to my old mate Lobbers. Usually very enthusiastic about the site Paul has been very quiet this autumn. He told me of a night at Staithes where he was practically begged not to put a catch report on site. I think that particular mark is now known as "East of Berlin" Closer to home I even have supposed friends who want to lie to everyone, myself included. I cant recall which one did it, and I think its now been removed, but around a month or so back one of them posted on Whitby Angling Supplies Page that they had had a stack of cod from Runswick Bay. I found it pretty strange as I know they are obsessed with Robin Hoods Bay and in particular South Hawsker and the left of Bay. When I made inquiries I was told they had faked the report to put people off the scent. Those are just a few examples of what i have witnessed personally. What goes on out there must be multiplied 10 fold. To be honest i have no room to speak as Ive done it all myself before and I understand fully what goes on with you all. Like I said at the start. Im not too concerned. I rarely Winter fish myself these days for various reasons. Also it would never have mattered anyway as I always did my own thing and cant think of many times that I read a report so I could go fish where the fish were caught. I always believed as I do now that its better to predict than to follow. Im also not concerned about the impact on the site because despite the lack of reports there are still masses of readers coming via Google and driven in by social media marketing. Ive always based the site on quality rather than quantity which is now paying dividends. I guess the reason for my topic, is, to give you something to debate. Do you think I make it up ? Have you ever witnessed lies or being asked to keep things quite ? Do you believe it to be a good or bad practice ? What do you think of Facebook ?