Keeping Fishng Journals

Discussion in 'Catfishing Library' started by EricM, Oct 23, 2007.

  1. EricM

    EricM Active Member

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    Harrison TN
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    Eric Maurer
    A record of your past fishing experiences can be an invaluable tool. Not only will you be able to see when and where you did well (or not), but it can be a wonderful way to jog your memory about some of those special trips. After a few years of input, you can see the seasonal patterns, which spots are hot during different times, how water flow or level affects the bite, and what baits work best in differing situations.

    I have kept journals over the years, but didn't use them to their potential. As a matter of fact, this fall I was wondering where the catfish went during a long slump and finally I referred to the previous years - to discover that every year at that time there was an eight week period that the blue cats seemed to disappear, and sure enough, they showed up within a week of the same date again! A little research in the journal would have prepared me in advance.

    There are fishing logs on the market, but I created my own on the computer. This is actually rather easy and is fun, and you can customize it for as much or little information as you like. I created mine in a spreadsheet program, specifically Excel. I simply made a column for each type of information I wanted to be able to track in the future. For example, the date, time fished, water flow (I fish on a reservoir above a dam), species caught, total number of fish, big fish, etc. You can make as many columns as you like, and the more specific info you enter, the more you will get out of it.

    Think of all of the things you will want to know that had an effect on each day's fishing. Time of day, weather, temperature, barometer, water level or flow, specific area fished, depth, lure or bait, method, results (size & number), species caught, remarks, etc. Anything to do with your specific species or methods will help you in the future, so add the column. Remember, you can always delete information, but you can't create it later on, so to start it's better to have too much information.

    Now the important part. Take the two minutes after each trip and fill in your journal! Sometimes I just don't want to bother, but I'm always glad I did later on. Depending on what type of program you use or create, you can manipulate the info later to see how the results were for each weather type, or water flow, or time of year, etc. This will be fun and useful information for years to come and you won't be sorry. Give it a try!
     
  2. rmoran171

    rmoran171 New Member

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    Eric, Would it be possiable for you to post an example page out of your journal? I dont have the software to produce one and would like to be able to download and print off something.
    Thanks, Ryan
     

  3. EricM

    EricM Active Member

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    State:
    Harrison TN
    Name:
    Eric Maurer
    Date
    TimePlaceDepthSpecies#BaitSizeFlowTrendFshnComments(1000)01/04/089to2c sus 30 in 5230blue16csj18lb44decrgmost 8 to 12 lb01/05/089to1a thru e45blue/ch3&1csj12lb44stdypw/Cheez, he caught all fish01/07/089 to 2a thru e40blue1csj8lb18stdyvp1 bite early01/09/088to12harrison bay2to20lmb0spoon024stdyvpno bass, w BOTW01/09/086PMc sus 25 in 5225blue2csj12lb22incrp2 hrs01/11/0810to4d52blue14shinr10lb25stdyav6 hrs, after a front, light bites01/12/088to2nick dam25sau/spt/wb2shinr20"25stdyav20"& 17", 2 lb 10 oz; spt 3-10&3,sm WB w/Doc101/13/0810to12d52blue3csj13lb25decrp01/15/088to2nick dam25wht bass2shinr15"40stdyp01/16/089to2harrison bay25crappie/yel6&1jig12"40decrpw/drumking01/18/089to2c&d50blue/drum7&1csj12lb45stdypdrum on minnow01/27/088to10nick dam15sauger0shinr025incrvpnothing, with doc1 & bentrod02/03/089to12harrison bay25crappie 0fly040decrpw/DK, fly rod, EM nothing, DK 1402/05/089to4c&d53blue/drum23&1csj21lb25stdyvgmost 8to12 lb, 29" drum on shiner02/07/089to2d53blue13csj15lb25stdyavfish quit at noon, no flow change02/08/089to3b&d53blue12csj20lb45stdyav10' off bottom near shad02/11/0810to4b&d38-55blue32csj19lb45-25stdye45 for short time, 25 rest of day both good