I don’t mean the type of log you find in the privacy of your own bathroom, or a log you might find floating down the river, but a FISHING LOG! I have only been fishing for Bass for 4 seasons (I started and caught my first bass in April 2006) and every single bass I have caught since (and including) that bass…
I don’t mean the type of log you find in the privacy of your own bathroom, or a log you might find floating down the river, but a FISHING LOG!!
I have only been fishing for Bass for 4 seasons (I started and caught my first bass in April 2006) and every single bass I have caught since (and including) that bass has been photographed and recorded. I recently posted a topic in the UtlimateBass.com forums to discuss this, but I thought I’d write an article with a little more detail.
Over the 4 years of keeping a log I have added items or changed the way I record my Bass catches. I will just write about the way I am doing it this year.
The main reason I keep all this data is so that I can look back and see what lures and techniques work (or don’t work) at this time of year during the previous seasons. I can also compare weather and water patterns from previous years to help me with the Ultimate Goal = TO CATCH MORE BASS!
I store every photograph and detail in my computer files. I also keep a back-up file incase I lose all my hard work from the last 4 years. For the photos, I keep the photos from each trip in their own folder, and name the folder with the date and lake name. I start off with a folder with a year, and then use sub-folders inside. Example;
— Lake (21-Mar)
This makes it very easy to find the photos from previous years. I also have my camera set so that the date and time are set on the photograph, that way I don’t need to write the time I caught the fish. If it’s a good sized fish and I want weigh the fish, I will take a photo of the scales showing the weight of the fish and sometimes I will take photo of the fish on a ruler to record the length. Also when photographing fish, I like to photograph the spot where I caught the fish to show and kind of cover or structure and whether or not it was sunny or cloudy at the time I caught the fish.
If I am fishing from my boat, I take photos of my sonar unit at certain times of the day to record water temperatures, but if I am bank fishing I carry a thermometer which I throw out into the water on a string and leave out there while I make several casts. I will then bring it back in and photograph it to record the temperature at certain parts of the day. My watch has a barometer on it (which seems to be rather accurate), and again, I can take photos of it to record changes in the weather.
All the above photographing saves a lot of time writing notes and allows more time for casting. Ok, we are done with the photo part of the logging, now here’s an example of the data I input.
I just use Microsoft Excel to log all my catches details.
DATE FISH WEIGHT PLACE TIME LURE WATER CON WATER/TEMPS AIR/TEMP BAROM
15Mar Bass 4lb 6oz River 7:30am Senko Stained 55* 50* 1010
WIND WEATHER MOON PHASE COMMENTS
N/E 7mph Sunny Full …..
I plan to add a section of the fish I didn’t catch. For example, if I skunk on a certain day I will record all the similar details as the above table so that I know when not to fish due to certain weather and water patterns or to try completely different techniques catch some bass.
As you can see from the above table, I record as much information as possible. The comments box at the end is usually much bigger. This where I record things like – who I was fishing with, if the bass were spawning, pre or post-spawn, holding at a certain depth, if it was a tournament or pleasure day and just anything else that made a difference.
Making this fishing log has certainly helped my catch much more fish by using proven techniques or by eliminating not so good techniques.
As an Amazon Associate Ultimate Bass earns from qualifying purchases.