How To:

Keep A Log Book

Author: Ryan Carson

How To Keep A Logbook For Fishing

Logging your catch may seem like a meaningless task. But in reality it can play a huge roll in your success when fishing. I log all of my fish caught either during a slow period if we are bait fishing or at the end of the trip if I’m throwing lures.

When logging your catch the more detail you add the better. This can help you learn and understand patterns and behaviors of the fish depending on when and where you are fishing. Some important things to include in your log are the following. (Examples provided next to each)

·         Species of fish- Bluefish

·         Date- 7/4/2018

·         Time-7:15pm

·         Tide- High going to Low

·         Location- Barnegat Bay  (For your own personal logs be more specific)

·         What you were using- 1 oz spro bucktail(pink) with a 4 inch swimming mullet (pink)

·         Weight- 3 lbs

·         Length- 18 inches

·         Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous

By doing this you may start to see patterns develop. Small things such as certain colors or sizes working better than others. Certain lures or baits working in one spot but may not be producing in another. Or even as longer periods of time goes on you might see that year after year certain schools of fish tend to show up at specific locations. All these factors can play a huge roll in your success in catching fish. Once you have your log created you can start putting the patterns together to help increase your odds on finding and catching fish. By doing this you can see in you log if fishing a certain spot in March or April for bass has produced before. If it has you can look and see what has worked before.  

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