A local man has been recognised for running the “best freshwater fishing blog in the world” by an international company.
The founder of Social Fishing, Rhys Creed, and his team were awarded the title by Feedspot this week.
Launched in December 2015, the website and blog is an educational platform and provides people with content ranging from articles, reports, videos and digital tutorials teaching people how to fish in the Australian freshwater.
Mr Creed, 23, who was originally from Wagga and now resides in Tumut, was “stoked” that his blog is regarded as the world’s best of its kind after several years of hard work. “It’s great to know that the content we produce is helping anglers to catch more fish,” he said.
Mr Creed’s interest began when he was six years old, fishing alongside his dad a few times a year.
“I became really interested when me and a mate were about 10 years old and we started fishing near Lake Albert catching all the carp in the drought,” he said.
“When the lake got really low we used to go out and catch all the fish. And, then my interest just really progressed from that age.”
The blog was introduced as a free platform to give their growing audience access to information on how to fish, following their successful magazine articles.
“We worked on this free platform for about 12 months, and while it is still going, we then launched a product to go with it, which was a bunch of in-depth videos and tutorials to teach people more about fishing,” Mr Creed said.
Overseas company Feedspot ranks all the best websites and blogs in the world.
Freshwater fishing is one of the niche markets Feedspot grades. It bases its ranking on the search engine optimisation of websites, as well as post regularities and the amount of photos available.
While Mr Creed moved to Tumut three years ago, his fishing spots have not changed and his passion continues to grow.
“The main fish we target now are Murray Cod and Golden Perch,” he said.
“I was able to do the blog from anywhere and given Tumut is basically the same area, I still fish in the same spots, so I guess nothing has really changed.”