1998 - BASS on HOOK was started by Dave Beilstein of Valley Springs California back in the spring of 1998. The original site was supposed to be a private resource for Dave as he wanted a place to keep his favorite link to sites that he could easily tell his angling friends about if needed.
1999 - The site quickly became much more than that, after many requests from friends and online associates to find other information. We then set out with a new goal, to create a vast fishing resource that would come to include articles on various types of fishing, tips from Professional anglers, guides and charters. One thing that we were adimate about, was when we were creating the site was not to allow any non-fishing advertisements to be found anywhere whithin the sites, who really wants to see a mortgage rate ad while looking for spinnerbait techniques anyway. The domain name of www.bassonhook.com became the new home for BASS on HOOK.
2001 - We added a fishing only searchable links section to the site.
2002 - This had to be the biggest year of growth for BASS on HOOK, we went to the next level with the links section and created the Fishy Links Search Engine and Database, no longer just a links section. This addition of an actual search engine for fishing sites only was seen as nessesity to the future growth of the site. Fishy Links is accessable from within the BASS on HOOK site as well as having it's own URL of http://www.fishylinks.bassonhook.com. We also added the North American Fishing Guides website (http://www.guides.bassonhook.com) to our family of sites. The N.A.F.G. site is a listing service for Guides and Charters from the United States, Canada and Mexico and is free for visitors to use to help locate a guide or charter for thier next big fishing trip. Last but not least is the addition of the Angler Ads Banner Exchange(http://www.anglerads.bassonhook.com), a fishing only banner exchange that was added due to the main fact the non-fishing banner exchnages really don't help generate traffic or exposure for fishing sites.
2003 - The site currently ( Spring 2003 ) contains articles from 16 diffenrent writers on a wide variety of topics, a Pro's Section for articles from top anglers, a New's & Information section with current events and articles, a Q & A section where visitors can ask a specific angling question to a panel of professional anglers, a Braggn' Board section for visitors to post pictures of there catches to share with family and friends, a Message Board section where visitors can post General Fishing information, Fishing Reports or fishing itme that they have for sale, a Award section where visitors with sites can apply for the coveted BASS on HOOK website award and view past winners, direct access to the Fishy Links search engine to help track down a fishing site and much more.
Spring 2003 - Upcoming to the site is a Field Testing program that will be starting in the Spring of 2003 after almost 2 years of preperation. This section of the site will contain reviews on products that were sent to BASS on HOOK for field testing. ( Pending clearance of the new owners attornies )
Update: This has since been sidelined due to legal issues.
April 28th 2003 - BASS on HOOK was sold to Paul Smith of British Columbia, Canada. Paul want's to keep BASS on HOOK in tact and keep the growth of the sites on a steady increase. Dave will be staying on as the site Editor with an active part in the growth of all of the sites.
2004 - Dave decided to step down and follow a new direction in 2004. The store and games sections were added this year along with the always favorite fishy crossword and search puzzles. Also added was the Fishing Auction Network which was later removed due to server issues. We hope to re-establish this sometime in the future.
2005 - Weather for the World was introduced this year and has worked really well.
2006 - May 2006 -Bass on Hook decided to move to a dedicated server in January 2006 to handle the increasing traffic to our site along with our web design/hosting service now provided. Once again thank you for your patronage and we apologise for the minor details missed during the transfer. We are working to re-establish those programs that got corrupted during the transfer so please be patient.
In Closing - We always look forward to hearing from our visitors, good or bad. The good lets us know what you like. The bad helps us to find out what you don't like. With the great support that we have been getting from other sites and you. I don't see how we can fail. Well, that's about it. Enjoy your visit and please come back soon. Paul Smith - Site Editor/Owner
Graphic History - If you would like to see how our Company graphic has changed over the years click here.
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