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Do you log condition details of fish you've caught?

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If so, how detailed do you get, and what method do you use to log them?

An example would be,

Caught a 4 pounder from the wind blown shaded side cove, at 10:15, on ** pond, on ** date, 3 days before a full moon, in stained water swimming a creature bait green pumpkin pit boss weightless T/rigged, ** water temp, Ect.

Is this a good way to find patterns? I've never logged my catches and I'm thinking about starting. 

 

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Yes, not to specifically detail the account of each fish caught, but to give a summary of the days fishing.  If there was a pattern that developed, that is what I want to keep written down for the future.

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Yes

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i try to remember to write in my log but i often forget.

i usually write down water temp. water clarity, weather, date, depth, structure, location, and number of fish caught with weights.

 

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I use micro soft word to catalog everything and excel for doing searches.

1) Area

2) Cover

3) Structure

4) Weather

5) Moon Phase

6) Time

7) Lure

8) Total fish caught

9) Total keepers

10) Largest

11) With who

Save as: body of water & date

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Yes I write down my catches ,especially ones where I catch large numbers of fish or exceptionally large fish.I can look back at my fishing logs and see patterns that show during certain weather conditions in specific spots. 

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Do you log condition details of fish you've caught?

No, I'm to busy fishing to be bothered with paperwork. Besides with the experts all on YouTube they can just tell me when, where, and how to fish every condition in 5 min or less usually. :hahaha-024:

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I don't have to, since I got my Garmin Virb Elite. It logs it all for me, even the GPS coordinates.

I've never taken the time to learn how to look at this information, but it's there if I wanted it :lol:

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After every trip I play back my voice recordings and put it down in the log.

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No.  99% of the time, I'm fishing a lake I know like the back of my hand

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2 minutes ago, Jaderose said:

No.  99% of the time, I'm fishing a lake I know like the back of my hand

Understood. Did you do anything back when you didn't know the lake like the back of your hand?

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As primarily a tournament co -angler I do it all. Sometimes I think it isn't necessary because the boater has the ultimate decision about where and how long we stay at a certain spot. But I do it anyway. When I stop and decide to enter as a boater, I'll have something to start with 

Some will ask my opionion but if they have been fishing any of the 3 circuit's I fish in, most won't because they already have thier favorite way points which is fine with me, its thier boat. The only time I get asked which is all the time, is on Okeechobee because that lake changes so much. 

 

Mike

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I'll only note conditions if they're out of the ordinary for the lakes I fish.  As a shore guy I only have a handful of spots and here in Cali the vegetation, water clarify, water levels, wind, cloud cover, etc are fairly consistent.  I'll note conditions if I had a particularly good/bad day, or if something was really out of the ordinary.

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2 hours ago, Fun4Me said:

Understood. Did you do anything back when you didn't know the lake like the back of your hand?

Lol....no.  That makes it seem like work.  

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I use to do this religiously - helped me immeasurably - don't do it any longer and it shows in my lower catch rate - hmmm maybe should start again.

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I have a fantastic log template if you would like it.  I can be reached at McDuffeer13@gmail.com.  Send me a PM on here first though.

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Nope.

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I got a spot where there are huge bass,and these huge bass bite best in specific conditions.Took me a good while to figure this place out,and logging the specific data has helped me immensely in that spot.Time on the water will always be more valuable than watching some video or reading something online.

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Yes. I use basic sky and water conditions, as well as specific circumstances that might influence/have influenced how the day goes/went. That's standard. When I'm fishing a lot, and have my finger on the current trends, I can add more details.

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Quick answer is "NO"....You don't want to become a spot fisherman.. Try using Seasonal Patterns to Locate Bass. By Jim Ratley http://www.bassresource.com/fish_biology/seasonal_patterns.html


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On 7/17/2016 at 10:26 PM, Catt said:

I use micro soft word to catalog everything and excel for doing searches.

1) Area

2) Cover

3) Structure

4) Weather

5) Moon Phase

6) Time

7) Lure

8) Total fish caught

9) Total keepers

10) Largest

11) With who

Save as: body of water & date

Since 1973?

:love4:

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13 hours ago, roadwarrior said:

Since 1973?

:love4:

It's only anecdotal evidence! ;)

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I do, sometimes, journal about my day of fishing but I don't keep a log.  Who's got time for that when there are fish to be caught?  But in any event, I doubt that what I have done has improved my fishing any.  I store my knowledge in my pea brain more than on paper.

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