When I was 14 years old, I shot my first deer. Great day in my life. My Dad picked a tree, set up my treestand, and plopped me in there to sit and wait. I shot several more deer over the course of my teenage years. But when I was 19 years old, a MUCH, much better thing happened to me. I grabbed a map, went out on my own, found a decent spot, set up all my own stands, and after a couple months shot another deer. Not nearly as big as some of the other ones I shot, but it was MUCH more significant because I was the one who did all the work, trialed and errored my way to finally shooting a deer, without my Dad setting me in a stand that he had picked. What's the point? I think that attitude of the joy of discovery and the satisfaction of actually doing the work yourself....is a concept that elludes most people these days. And most certainly that attitude seems to escape the vast majority of posters on this particular site. I was sitting here thinking about that, so I decided to do some simple math. On the first page of the Central Ohio Fishing REPORTS, there were 26 threads when I started this one. 7 of those were actual fishing reports (Went out yesterday and caught .....) 19 of those threads however, were "hey, I'm looking for a spot to do......does anybody know where I can....." Friggin' 19 out of 26 threads or roughly 75%. Does anyone else find that odd at all? I mean, I believe this section is intended to be for fishing REPORTS. To take it a step further, I was raised in a manner in which if you went up to a complete stranger and asked him where he hunts or where he fishes, the dude might just slap you up side the head. It just wasn't the kind of information that one ASKED for. Don't get me wrong, lots of spot information got shared, but it was always offered and never asked for. Big difference. The PM's that I received in the last 2 days have been overwhelming. "Hey, tell me where those ponds are". "Hey, you don't know me, but I need a new spot to fish..." I think out of 18 different guys PM's and emails, only 5 or 6 even said "please" or "Thank you". It was a stunning realization of the sense of entitlement that has been fostered here over the years. I surf more than a couple fishing boards. ALL of them, with one exception....here, respond to such requests pretty much in the same manner. "Hey, if you need a new spot, then go get yourself a map, some walking boots, and start exploring." There are many offers to come join along, or PM's sent to a guy or kid who is completely new to fishing, but almost never just, "Hey go here and throw this" And reports aren't "Hey I caught 3 saugeye on the east side of Alum up near the ......" But instead they arefilled with MUCH more useful info. Information like "Almost all of the fish I caught this week were in 5 feet of water, holding on current seams, and were hitting anything that was fished slowly on the bottom." THAT'S the kind of information that someone could apply to almost ANY body of water, not just the east side of lake X. It's the old "Give a man a fish and feed him for a day, or teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime" adage. There's just an overwhelming amount of feeding going on, and very little learning. So where did the sense of discovery and satisfaction go? Does everyone feel like it's better to be led by the hand, and walked into fish? Or are there people who actually would rather LEARN through the trial and error of doing it themselves, armed with some basic information about what has been working in other lakes? I just don't get it. Unfortunately, I think it's a sad commentary on our society as a whole. Now, now, now....gimme, gimme, gimme....tell me, tell me, tell me. But it's OK, because I'll tell you too. 75% of the reports aren't even almost reports. they are flat out "where" questions. And the majority of the reports aren't useful in the sense of being able to apply the information elsewhere, they more just "Hey we slammed 'em on Griggs tonight. Here's the pics" Just something to chew on for a bit. I can just about guess what replies will come from which people based on their previous posts over the years, but I just thought it would be interesting to discuss it anyway.