A first-of-its-kind Internet tool for fishermen is making its debut in Tennessee to help answer their top question: where are the fish biting?
Hookemnow.com is an interactive, map-based web site that allows anglers to see what others are catching, and to share information and photos about their catches.
“Unlike other Internet fishing sites, hookemnow.com uses maps to pinpoint catches,” said Robert Sherborne, the site’s founder and president. “Rather than just reading about the fish that others are catching, fishermen can now see on a map where the fish are being caught.
“This gives anglers information they’ve not had before, and helps put them on the spots where the fish are most active. When fishermen are planning a trip, we hope they come here first.”
In its debut, hookemnow.com covers 32 major lakes in Tennessee, including Tims Ford, Normandy and Woods Reservoir. Other lakes will be added as the site grows.
Finding it is easy: just go to www.hookemnow.com.
Once there, fishermen can:
- View a map of each lake to see what’s being caught, and where.
- Add their catch to the map with a few simple clicks.
- See photos of catches from across the state.
- Share their photos for others to see.
- Place a free classified ad if they have tackle or a boat to sell.
- Search the classified ads if they are looking to buy.
Sharing information is the heart of the site.
“Fishermen love telling their friends about their recent catches,” Sherborne said. “We all do it. We’re proud of a good day on the water. Hookemnow.com gives us an opportunity to share that information in an interesting way with a broader community of dedicated fishermen.”
Additionally, fishermen can find useful information about each lake – its history, its size and where it got its name, for instance. They can also find record catches from that lake, or from across the state.
Fishing regulations for each lake are also included, along with a link to statewide regulations. And, there’s even a link to get a fishing license online.
“We hope that fishermen will find this a friendly, informative place to visit,” Sherborne said. “And we hope they will participate often.”