Don't have a Facebook account? Don't want one? Still want to read fishing reports to know where redfish are biting? Then this guide is for you.
How to Get Fishing Reports Without a Facebook Account
If you're like any angler with a pulse, you really like fishing reports.
Why wouldn't anyone?
You get to see where fish are biting, what they're biting on and what the conditions are like, helping you make a better decision as where to go fishing when your day finally comes.
Take it a step further by pairing what you read in fishing reports with real-time monitoring of the conditions to learn a lot more than the average angler.
Of course, you like reading fishing reports because it's a chance to live vicariously through those who did get to go fishing.
You love the fresh air, you love being on the water, you love to go fishing but, like most of us, cannot go every day and need fishing reports to get your fix.
Where are the most and best fishing reports?
Without a shade of a doubt, LAFB Inshore has both quality and quantity of fishing reports for inshore anglers to read.
With 11,000+ members (and growing), detailed moderation and a positive posting environment, LAFB Inshore has become the bee's knees of Louisiana inshore fishing reports.
But there's one tiny difference about LAFB Inshore compared to everything here on this site: it's located on Facebook.
Which is fine, because 2 billion of the world's population is on Facebook.
That's practically everybody.
But there's one tiny problem...
You can't access LAFB Inshore. You can't read those juicy fishing reports. All because you're a rogue human being without a Facebook account.
The plot thickens.
You have your reasons and they're all reasonable (or not):
- You'll keep the NSA from collecting your personal information.
- Your wife caught you adding Ivona Humpalot as a "friend".
- You just crawled out of a bunker you've been hiding in since Bay of Pigs and have no idea what the Internet is
- The public is annoying and Facebook is a giant Petri dish of thoughtless human consciousness
- or whatever
Whatever the reason you're totally screwed and have to live life in isolation from the rest of the inshore angling world.
*cue sad music*
Why not have a website for fishing reports?
We did, actually.
It was abbreviated LAFR, for Louisiana Fishing Reports, and resides in retirement.
It was busy enough, but not busy enough to be worth it, and in November 2017 I finally bent a knee to his highness, The Zuck of House Facebook, First of His Name, and have lived somewhat happily ever after since.
Look, I do not like having a Facebook group for fishing reports, for too many reasons that won't be listed here, but I can tell you, without a shadow of a doubt, that there is far more juice from the squeeze than there was running a website.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know websites were used in the past with great success but, if you haven't noticed, it's not 1995 anymore.
There Is Hope
Okay, so it turns out that you're not totally screwed, that you can in fact enjoy fishing reports and reap the benefits of doing so.
Well, there's a couple ways:
You Don't Need a Facebook Account
This shocking revelation flies like a brick through a window pane.
No, you do NOT need a Facebook account to read fishing reports on LAFB Inshore.
Would Facebook like for you to create an account and log in? Sure.
Do you have to? Nope.
Please Accept My Apologies
For everyone who has ever emailed me complaining they can't read fishing reports because they don't have a Facebook...well...turns out you can.
Please accept my apologies, as I could have pointed that out if I had known.
But, how could I? I, grudgingly, log into Facebook every day.
In all fairness, if you had made the 60-second effort to see for yourself you would haven't missed all those fishing reports from the last year and a half.
Just being fair.
However, if you're not logged in, a lot of the functionality is missing:
Which leads me to my next solution...
Create an Account Anyways
It's like that old saying:
"If you can't beat 'em, join 'em."
It's not so bad, and the people running Facebook go out of their way to make it painfully easy to use.
Don't want to expose your identity on the Internet? Then don't.
Instead, create a spoof Facebook account with a fake name and fake profile picture.
Now, I'm pretty sure that violates Facebook's EULA, so you didn't get that really bad advice from me, mmm k?
But there are two billion people on that social platform, so it's a safe bet you could fly under the radar and enjoy fishing reports without getting busted by the Facebook fuzz.
Look, I really don't like Facebook, and for a lot of good reasons.
We humans were not made to consume that much mindless media at once.
I have better things to do during the day than fawn over crazy kitty videos or debate the incubation period of chicken eggs with someone I don't know.
After all, there are reasons I lovingly refer to this social platform as "FaceCrap".
But "FaceCrap" does have its strengths, one being the ability to pull people closer together where it counts, like the Cajun Navy or even something like inshore fishing reports.
So, take it all in stride and enjoy getting your fishing report fix.
In the meantime, if you hate Facebook, humor us and describe how much, on a scale of 1-10, in the comments below.
Tight lines, y'all!