Guy Harvey Magazine

WIN 2017

Guy Harvey Magazine is focused on fishing, boating, scuba diving, and marine conservation. Portfolios from the world's best fishing photographers, articles on gear, travel, tournaments, apparel, lifestyle, seafood recipes, sustainable fisheries.

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Sadly, the "internet hero" mentality prevailed—the idea that you always have to come off with a win or look like the expert. The result is social media bullying and it's changing the way people interact. When I see posts of a kid catching his first-ever striper there are a lot of positive remarks, but you always get a handful of people saying, "Why is that kid holding the fish vertically?" A simple negative comment can turn away those who are new to the sport, young or old. It's wrong. Maybe all I'm asking is that we be a little more civil on social media. Traditionally, fishing is about relationships, about honor, respect and knowledge. We can't lose that soul. We need to be a community that stays united and helps one another out. Maybe it's time for the industry as a whole to restart the social media revolution and set an example for the rest of the world. Leave the vitriol for politics and Hollywood tabloid garbage, and let's create a culture of respect within the sport of fishing. We are all anglers. We are one family. We should treat each other that way. www.GuyHarveyMagazine.com | 61 The RipCharts mobile app allows you to download satellite imagery to your device and navigate offshore.

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