Hi macaveil, Welcome to WebmasterWorld.
As this is your first post, you might want to check out the Welcome To WebmasterWorld [webmasterworld.com] thread put together by one of our moderators, paynt.
Getting to your question,
>where to start and what excatly I need.
Well put your editing programs away for a while because there is a lot to think about and prepare before you can start to design your pages.
They say that success is 95% why, and 5% how, and it is about the same when you are setting up a new directory.
1) - Topic, and breadth of topic.
This is important and not as simple as it seems. It is very important to think about the overall topic of you directory, and what other topics are related, and where to set the boundaries.
For example, you mention fishing. [small}(normally we are not specific about subjects here but in this case I don't think "widgets" will cut the mustard)[/small] What different types of fishing are there? Fly, Deep water, etc. Are you going to cover all types of fishing or restrict yourself to fresh water fishing? That will make a big difference to the size of you directory straight away.
Now, what about related topics such as camping, boating, etc. And if we take it further, what about off road vehicles, global satellite positioning, satellite phones, out door clothing, and so on. What about Hunting? As you can see, if you are not careful about setting the scope of you directory you could go on forever and two things would happen - you would end up doing another Yahoo, and it would never be finished.
So think carefully about you topic and set you boundaries.
2) - Classification, or Ontology. How are you going to organise your directory? If you only have a small subject and a small number of sub-sections, then you could perhaps simply have, say, 10 subsections hanging off your main topic.
For example - Widgets!
Widget Manufacturers, Widget Sales, Widget Repairers, and Widget Usage. Fairly simple.
But for more complicated directories, perhaps a heirarchial approach is warranted. For example,
Level 1 - Computers
Level 2 - Computer Hardware, Computer Software
Level 3a - Computer Hardware Manufacturers, Computer Hardware Designers
right down to
Level 42 - Computer HardWare Manufacturers from Koera who specialise in battery clips for use on motherboards for PC clones built before 1995.
Get the idea? Each level down gets more specific.
3) - Static/Dynamic?
Are you going to build a static directory where you have to hand code each page and therefor recode for each addition/deletion/change, OR
Are you going to set up a tamplate system which draws specific information from a database for each individual category?
If only a small directory, then you could get away with static pages, but one you get beyond a few hundred links the you should really be thinking about a database driven system. This means you only need to edit the information in the database and all occurences for that entrey are immediately reflected throughout the directory.
Of course if you are going to do a dynamic directory, then you need to make decisions about which database, which language to code in, are you going to build the system yourself, or are you going to use a prebuilt syste, and so on.
When you have all that sorted out, whew, then you can start to go about collecting your links and resources, and then you can start to think about implementing it which is when you can get you website editors out again.
Probably not the answer you wanted, but if you are going to build a successful directory, then you need to take a step back and do a Lot of Research before you get Gung Ho. One of the biggest traps is starting to build a directory without the research and then either finding that you need to go back a few steps and start again as new information comes to light, or you find it is a lot harder that you thing and you give up.
So, decide the scope of your directory, research similar sites, look at how they have the information organised, look at the large directories such as Yahoo and ODP and see how they do it, look up information about the Dewey Decimal system and the Library or Congress system to see how the categories are arranged there, and so on.
I hope this helps you macaveil, if I have made it sound a bigger job than you expected, well it can be if you are not careful. Bit with thoughtful preparation you can build the best fishing directory ever. Go Do It!