January is always a chance to look back a little and some recent questions on the NY board have me reminiscing a little about my own recent efforts at becoming a catter. Newby NIMBY (aka Not-In-My-Backyard) disease is a feeling that despite the collection of knowledge and experience here, that out away from the midwest and the south, People have never even Heard of your local waters, nonetheless be able to give any practical suggestions, Where to start looking... Its actually a pretty depressing feeling and I believe other people are feeling when they say they are lonely catters and answer their own posts a few days later with something like "Is there ANYone here that can help me find a good local hotspot". if you name your local spot and find that people haven't even heard of the rivers and lakes around you (nevertheless be able to name any good places to start ) and there's no regular BOC brother within 100 miles, your likely to feel pretty bummed out. Perhaps after a brief post or two, you feel insolated and don't come back to the site. I'm convinced this has happened to many of the 20,000+ users. Of course When THEY LEAVE, there's even less people to give practical advice and a begginners start to someone new. Anyway, I've written a little article about it, and hopefully it gets past the past the editors as a valuable contribution to the library. While I admit it contain no great gem for serious or trophy catters... I think week by week quite a few people come and then leave this forum due to the Newby NIMBY feeling (or disease). what I am wondering is whether other people have felt this way?? Perhaps even someone in a pretty cat crazed state COULD feel a little lonely and confused if they live in an old of the corner area of the state or if the few serious catters in their area are say, diehard trophy flatheaders and they are a weekend wariors after a channel or two? ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Also feel free to Add Advice to someone that feels this way, Please! I know people need to be encouraged after they've burned a long week or two without success in search of whiskers, and no one in the BOC can give them any clues about where they ought to concentrate (beyond hints)... If the article is approved. I have recorded my suggestions on who to deal with this feeling. and It is my STRONG conviction that both the BOC and the angler are better for sticking through it and fishing and posting.