A lot of the action in the old days was based on the LA Wednesday Jackpot, and the drunk-frat-party interaction between a half dozen or so guys that was entertaining to the max. When the carp debacle started, and guys got married, or changed jobs and moved, etc. the festivities here stopped. Then the site got sold. The rest we all know.
I hang out mostly on TFF, it's not all about Fork and Sam Rayburn. There's some Austin/Travis/Fayette/Decker fishermen there, and generally good discussions about rods/reels/boats. If you're interested in buying stuff, BassBoatCentral has a pretty active For Sale section.
Herb pretty much nailed it. This place has turned in to a spammy sheethole. And I blame the carps