I've kept one since 97 when I first moved down here. I find it helpful in documenting tide, weather, and water temps, and then what I caught. In the six years since, I've caught a total of 1278 fish. No comparison to the likes of Jake Ace, but each one was a pleasure.
When I am on AI, make notes of where I fish, type of day, water, wind and temperature conditions. Also make notes on the Park Service AI map, make note what if anything I caught, good hits and screwups. Also note where others who caught and where.
Now, want to be able to make a note of "my magic spot".
Kept a fishing/boat log from `97-03 when I had 14' jon boat ... have never just a "fishing" log ... will say boat log did provide for a good look back at solid info and fishing trips. Also documented people, places, times, etc., (and it's the etc that's the good part )
I have kept a Fishing log for over 15 years now. I log Water Temps, Fish caught & released, Tide, Sky Condition, Winds, Moon, Seas/Waves, Bait & Tackle used, Duration, Location, etc etc. I even have this log in an Excel spread sheet with formulas which shows me how many of each species I have caught each year, Money spent & how much each fish cost on the average..............which tells me to buy them from Etheridge up on Long Creek--their cheaper! LOL
Anyway, this log has become an obsession to where it is not fun anymore, so, a word of advice, don't get carried away.
Yea, I will say, I dread sitting down & keying it all in sometimes.......if I wait till the next day, I sometimes forget details, so I started to carry paper & pen w/me. I have had people ask me all the time''"What are you writing down"--I tell them I am a free-lance fishing reporter! haha.
It is a lot of work, ut on a cold January & February night when you are jonesing to go fishing, it helps pass the time & cold weather by reading it over & looking back at photos.
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