Hooked-in Takes Off as Fishing Stories Go High-tech

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Fishermen love to tell fish stories. Some spin their tales on the docks while others save them for the tackle shop. More than ever, fishermen are sharing their fishing stories online along with photos, maps, and videos on Hooked-in, a new website that has experienced record growth in the first quarter of 2009 with 3,555 postings - up 594% from the previous quarter.

Henry Veggian Bowfin Fishing Story on Hooked-in

This Bowfin tore my lure to shreds. Its teeth chipped the 3/0 metal hook, its final run broke the back half of the lure and completely detached it, and when I took a close up photo of its face the fish tried biting me. And that was all after one of the most explosive battles I ever fought against any fish, in hard current, with rocks and snags everywhere.

Fishermen love to tell fish stories. Some spin their tales on the docks while others save them for the tackle shop. More than ever, fishermen are sharing their fishing stories online along with photos, maps, and videos on Hooked-in, a new website that has experienced record growth in the first quarter of 2009 with 3,555 postings - up 594% from the previous quarter.

Henry Veggian is one of these new breed of fishermen who share their stories on Hooked-in.

Henry is a master angler who does most of his fishing in the Chapel Hill area of North Carolina. He's a member of the Triangle Bowfin Anglers Group and a faculty advisor to the Carolina Fishing Club. His stories can be found - complete with maps and photos - on his fishing report on Hooked-in (source: http://www.hooked-in.com/users/show/702).

Henry's fishing stories can be exciting:

"This Bowfin tore my lure to shreds. Its teeth chipped the 3/0 metal hook, its final run broke the back half of the lure and completely detached it, and when I took a close up photo of its face the fish tried biting me. And that was all after one of the most explosive battles I ever fought against any fish, in hard current, with rocks and snags everywhere." (source: http://www.hooked-in.com/catches/show/2180)

And informational:

"I landed 8 Rainbow Trout today and these pics are of the best from the day's catch. The small bass were hogging the water nearest the bank. Their presence, combined with a good wind, made it difficult to fish with a fly rod. So I switched to a spinning rod and caught the trout in deep water (15 feet), where they were suspended and rising occasionally. Some of these trout are bred from Steelhead stock, and I could tell the difference - they fought like crazy." (source: http://www.hooked-in.com/catches/show/2317)

Henry is one of thousands who use Hooked-in to tell their fishing stories - each through their own personal fishing report. This large collection of personal fishing pages has given the site the reputation as the "MySpace for fishermen."

Why do fishermen like Hooked-in? It's easy, fun, and free.

Hooked-in makes it simple to post fishing stories to the Internet along with photos, maps, and YouTube videos. Once posted, it's easy to share with your friends.

Hooked-in has a clean design in stark contrast to other fishing websites. You can tell it was built by an engineer because of its meticulous organization. As a result, it's simple to navigate. The site has few advertisements and even those disappear when you sign in. It's a vacation for your eyes.

The members of Hooked-in are a friendly group. You will notice that most of the stories posted also have a collection of comments from other members, which are invariably upbeat and supportive. It's refreshing to see camaraderie like that on the Internet.

Hooked-in is never the same. New postings show up every day from all over the country. This steady flow of new fishing stories keeps it fresh. It's interesting to see what other fishermen are catching. It's also a great way to learn some new tricks.

Best of all, Hooked-in is completely free -- including unlimited photo storage.

I'm hooked. Are you? You will find it online at http://www.Hooked-in.com.

About Hooked-in LLC

Hooked-in LLC, founded in November 2007 and based in Hanover, New Hampshire, provides fishing information and online resources. The Hooked-in website enables fishermen to get fishing reports and share fishing stories online along with maps, photos, stories, strategies, discussion, and more at http://www.Hooked-in.com.

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