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icfish2
02-18-2010, 09:09 AM
I have read a lot of articles about the benefits of keeping a log book and using it to find patterns and methods based on previous outings. I always think I am going to start creating one of these but I never am committed enough to update it after each outing. Just wanted to know how many people do keep a log book. The benefits you have found by using this. And what type of method do you use to record this data (paper notebook, computer, etc..)

Bassman96
02-18-2010, 09:30 AM
I kept a fishing log (mainly bass) for 5-6 years in an Excel sheet. It was pretty awesome being able to sort/select the info you wanted. It really came in handy for tournaments/league events. Below are the categories I filled in after each outing.....
-Lake
-Date
-County/Area
-Species
-Air Temp
-Water Temp
-Barometer
-Water Clarity
-Time of Day
-Wind & Direction
-Current Weather Trend
-Weather
-Bait
-Depth
-People Fished With
-Hours Fished
-Best Producing Lure & Color
-Results/Comments
-Biggest Fish & Lure
-# of Bass over 18"

I would highly suggest doing this if you have the time! It can come in handy if the wife says your fishing too much and you have the data to show her you have fished X amount of times/hours less than last year. Or put it into a pie chart showing how much time you spend with her vs. fishing. :D After having a couple of children I have not kept up on it due to lack of time and not fishing as much. I do go back and read through it occasionaly...some great trips and memories that I will always have! Hopefully it will be of some use to my children and grand kids.

Bassman

crappiejunky
02-18-2010, 09:57 AM
My fishing partner and I have been keeping log books for about 26 years,when we decided we were gonna chase the crappie year round.It's been a very informative tool to go back and read that information.I was just reading in 1 the other day from 1987 when we first went to Neely Henry dockshooting for crappie.I'm sure not that many people were doing that back then.It's fun to read back through some of that old stuff.

AZfisherdude
02-18-2010, 10:03 AM
I just started doing this myself. I think there are some great benefits, especially if you fish different waters for different species.

jroz
02-18-2010, 10:29 AM
Myself and others on the Ga form keep diarys of our trips. We are taking it one step further. We have teamed up with the local DNR and we turn over info to them every so often as to the Number of total catch and the lenght of the fish caught. This helps them to get a more indepth look at the lakes we fish other than the netting they do. We are trying to help support the Crappie population for the future.

bttmline
02-18-2010, 10:47 AM
I haven't but have just bought one to start using this season.

icfish2
02-18-2010, 10:58 AM
I haven't but have just bought one to start using this season.


What did you buy?

abarkley
02-18-2010, 11:12 AM
I kept a fishing log (mainly bass) for 5-6 years in an Excel sheet. It was pretty awesome being able to sort/select the info you wanted. It really came in handy for tournaments/league events. Below are the categories I filled in after each outing.....
-Lake
-Date
-County/Area
-Species
-Air Temp
-Water Temp
-Barometer
-Water Clarity
-Time of Day
-Wind & Direction
-Current Weather Trend
-Weather
-Bait
-Depth
-People Fished With
-Hours Fished
-Best Producing Lure & Color
-Results/Comments
-Biggest Fish & Lure
-# of Bass over 18"

I would highly suggest doing this if you have the time! It can come in handy if the wife says your fishing too much and you have the data to show her you have fished X amount of times/hours less than last year. Or put it into a pie chart showing how much time you spend with her vs. fishing. :D After having a couple of children I have not kept up on it due to lack of time and not fishing as much. I do go back and read through it occasionaly...some great trips and memories that I will always have! Hopefully it will be of some use to my children and grand kids.

Bassman

Ditto what Bassman said. I just started keeping one in excel this past fall. I think it's going to be an invaluable tool.

deathb4disco
02-18-2010, 11:30 AM
I do both an Excel spreadsheet and a written log. Excel is more "useful" because you can search and sort info so easily. The written log is more fun to just pick up and read. :)

I read an article about another interesting idea. This guy would always take a picture or two with his cell phone and post it in a Word document. He might have a picture of a fish, but more often he would take a pic of the scenery or the place(s) where he caught the fish.

I know there are iphone apps related to this. I'll have to check them out, too.

Barnacle Bill
02-18-2010, 11:56 AM
I use to but don't get out much anymore.

deathb4disco
02-18-2010, 12:06 PM
I use to but don't get out much anymore.

Nice one.

icfish2
02-18-2010, 01:43 PM
This is an online fishing log that you can use. Looks pretty interesting. Maybe I will have to give this a try.

Fish Swami • Online Fishing Log (http://onlinefishinglog.com/)

Nightprowler
02-18-2010, 02:37 PM
logbooks are for people who forget things. where did I put password...

Jignjim
02-18-2010, 06:05 PM
I started keeping one about 35 years ago and I get the first ones out every once in a while and just read. Two of my first fishing partners a dead now so there are some pretty special memories in there. Would not take anything for having started mine.

78mudbug
02-18-2010, 08:18 PM
i started using one last year.its a book called fising journal angling legacy.i think its pretty cool to keep up with everything thats going on.after this year i will be able to go back and compare notes and see the difference.i think everyone should do this,it will help u to learn

Crestliner08
02-18-2010, 08:36 PM
Excellent spread sheet!

I use to keep a log, but now, since I post on local fishing forums, most of my pertinent information is kept there. On the date folder where I store the posting pictures, I also do a little "reminder" write up with MSWord and save that .doc file in the same folder. All of which is backed up on a CD each year.

But you know something? The older I get, the more I "feel" what has to be done on each trip to be successful vs. having to review a log before heading out. Maybe it's just experience? Logs, spread sheets or computer posts are all great for younger folks that work long hours and don't spend that much time on the water. Also good for folks that just like to re-live every moment.

One tip though. When I use to keep a written log, I also carried a small pocket tape recorder. I'd talk to this during the outing and then transfer the information I wanted, into the log at the end of the day. Just a thought.

Cane Pole
02-18-2010, 10:07 PM
What I learned over the past decades is if I ain't on 'em in an hour or two, then I ain't gonna catch much anyhow. Go home.

JSC
02-19-2010, 01:51 PM
Hi
Just my 2 cents ... been keeping records on my fishin since back in the 70's
All of that is not in this data base (Since in the 90's) ... click a button and get what has happened on this date / with conditions / for all of the data base .. helps me (course I need all the help I can get.

JSC

gone_fishing
02-19-2010, 04:32 PM
I kept a fishing log (mainly bass) for 5-6 years in an Excel sheet. It was pretty awesome being able to sort/select the info you wanted. It really came in handy for tournaments/league events. Below are the categories I filled in after each outing.....
-Lake
-Date
-County/Area
-Species
-Air Temp
-Water Temp
-Barometer
-Water Clarity
-Time of Day
-Wind & Direction
-Current Weather Trend
-Weather

Of course that fishing log
-Bait
-Depth
-People Fished With
-Hours Fished
-Best Producing Lure & Color
-Results/Comments
-Biggest Fish & Lure
-# of Bass over 18"

I would highly suggest doing this if you have the time! It can come in handy if the wife says your fishing too much and you have the data to show her you have fished X amount of times/hours less than last year. Or put it into a pie chart showing how much time you spend with her vs. fishing. :D After having a couple of children I have not kept up on it due to lack of time and not fishing as much. I do go back and read through it occasionaly...some great trips and memories that I will always have! Hopefully it will be of some use to my children and grand kids.

Bassman

Of course that log could backfire and your wife could use it against ya. I got the best of both worlds my wife loves to fish almost as much as I do.