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Old 08-20-2012, 02:30 PM   #1
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Question Does anybody keep a daily fishing log???

Just curious to know if anyone on here keeps a record of their fishing trips. I primarily bass fish and I've just started keeping a record of my fishing trips to help me better pattern the fish. I've got things like date, time, temp body of water, water clarity as well as what worked and what didn't work. If you are doing this what kind of data do you keep?
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Old 08-20-2012, 02:37 PM   #2
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Mine is all mental but i have been meaning to start a digital log. A digital log is great because you can keep it on your phone and will always be updated and at hand.
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Old 08-20-2012, 02:55 PM   #3
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I have been keeping a written log for nearly 12 yrs. I haven't been as consistent over the last few yrs but kept up with it religiously before. It's amazing the things you forget. You think you remember it well but then I reread and if comes to me.

It's something every serious fisherman should do. What water temps are best for tarpon? Which snapper spots did i fish this season and should be left alone next year? What depths am I getting most of my swordfish at and what time of year and moon phase? It's all in there.
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Old 08-20-2012, 03:42 PM   #4
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I've been planning to start one. Instead of just a notebook with things written in it I am going to get a map for my inshore stuff and make my own version of the Top Spot map, except with only info from my trips and not going to sell it.
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Old 08-20-2012, 04:02 PM   #5
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I used to keep one when I was a hard core bass fisherman. lake or river fished,date, time, weather conditions, water temp, air temp, what lures fished, what patterns produced. It is impossible to keep up with those things unless you have a log book. After a few years of keeping one, you have a good starting point going thru your book.
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Old 08-20-2012, 07:29 PM   #6
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I don't as of yet but I need to start doing it. Would greatly help on planning trips in the future.
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Old 08-20-2012, 07:34 PM   #7
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For saltwater I would include tides and maybe GPS points. Atmospheric conditions such as overcast, etc. might be useful and of course fish type. I don't keep one but it is a good idea. It reminds me of collecting marine specimens when I was in grad school.
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Old 08-20-2012, 10:38 PM   #8
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I fish salt water, mostly in the Gulf, and a log has been useful. Some years ago my log was only on a computer and when it crashed, a lot of data was lost. Now, I print out my log every so often.
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Old 08-21-2012, 08:52 AM   #9
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i fish for landlocked striper and hybrids and i started 2 or 3 years ago. i first started by just marking my calender with how many fish i caught. Now it has evolved into prolly too much info.

date: 8/19/12
fish: 8 all saltwater stripe
air temp: 84
water temp: na
number of turbines: 1 (inside corner)
cloudy?: yes, misting rain
bait?: small rattletraps (under a popping cork)

notes: Fish biting good on and just under the surface right at the moment the water turns on. only last a short time
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Old 08-21-2012, 10:06 AM   #10
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I used to do it for river bass fishing but have gotten lazy the last couple years, they can be really helpful and over time you will see patterns forming from your collected data...
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