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    Default How and What do you record about your catches?

    Do you guys keep any fishing journal? Do you use some phone app, do you prefer simple notebook? Any other formats? Do you record your catches at all?

    If you do, what do you deem to be important to record?

    I thought of:
    • Species
    • Weight
    • Location
    • Bait
    • Gear used

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    Default Re: How and What do you record about your catches?

    Yep as a creative geek with too much time on my hands I've done the lot but realised eventually the most important thing is to record the memories, stats are great but I found it's better to log the things that made the day special too.

    Things like photos for the odd fish both big and small
    The distance you walked or the traffic you sat in
    Wildlife seen
    The Weather
    The Date
    They way you fished like a genius
    The way you fished like an idiot
    The folk you met on the way
    Your dad asking you a question then saying "eh!" EVERYTIME you reply
    Then seeing his face when he finally catches something on a cold day.

    Sometimes too many stats seem like a blur of numbers when you look back on them but throw in a story along the way and every trip can be an adventure, plus you learn a lot more as it can register easier when you re-read them as a simple diary entry.
    Last edited by theartist; 05-10-2017 at 09:37.

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    Default Re: How and What do you record about your catches?

    Excel worksheet
    Head Columns A, B, C etc with but you can choose whatever you want:-
    day, month, year, wind strength, wind direction, weather, air temp, water temp, barometric pressure, water colour, moon phase, notes, venue, bait. Then score columns for species, tench, carp, bream ect.
    Fill it in when I get home, doesn't take long, 5 mins if that..
    I started doing it on paper but then transferred it to excel some years ago and used it ever since. Fairly easy and straight forward.
    The best thing is you can sort the information anyway which way. Venue x, bait y, species z sort of thing. Or wind x, weather y species, z. No end of permutations-You can make some nice graphs on excel; Useful once you built up a record.

    Which is the opposite of Artists, but then he is an artist and I am not. It just depends what you think you may want in the future, nice journal or data for information. Personally I wish I had done both looking back but I have a nice folder on the computer with all my fishing pics so sort of makes up for it a bit.
    Last edited by markg; 05-10-2017 at 10:22.

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    Default Re: How and What do you record about your catches?

    Just a photograph.. I can remember everything from looking at a picture. which is amazing as most of the time i cant remember where i have left my glasses........

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    Default Re: How and What do you record about your catches?

    I used to write it all down in a journal but that was when I was trout fishing almost to the exclusion of anything else. I filled the book, never started another and never have recorded my coarse exploits. I know plenty who do and Big Dave seems to be on first name terms with every carp, barbel and zander within about 30 miles of Guildford. Not only can he tell you what fish you've just caught but also what it weighs [or weighed] and who's caught it before [usually him] where, when and on what bait.

    I yorked him with that mirror the other night though. He didn't recognise it and it wasn't a known mirror in there called "Marmite" which usually comes out around 27lb.

    I think the HDYGO thread is about as close as it gets for me and will make for interesting reading in a few years....not that it isn't already. I love reading about other peoples exploits and sharing mine.

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    Default Re: How and What do you record about your catches?

    Quote Originally Posted by smudger172 View Post
    Just a photograph.. I can remember everything from looking at a picture. which is amazing as most of the time i cant remember where i have left my glasses........
    They're in the kitchen !

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    Default Re: How and What do you record about your catches?

    Great question, I was thinking about this the other day.

    I have two levels of reporting.

    For all pike, it is date, method, swim, bait, weight etc. I have been doing this for many many years now. And it is clear when I analyse that data (sad I know) that you can see clear trends where 9in particular) different waters are more productive at different times of the year, and specific swims throw up the big fish (not the same fish) with regularity.

    For all other species I simply list out specimen size fish with venue just to be able to look back on.

    Strangely enough I take very few photographs of fish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S-Kippy View Post
    They're in the kitchen !
    Thanks.........

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    I always kept and still keep some of my early diaries from when I first started fishing and they show me just much the waters I then fished have changed.
    Now most trips and details are stored in my memory I will take very few pictures of fish unless it’s some thing special. By special I don’t just mean size but the shape and colour of the fish.

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    Default Re: How and What do you record about your catches?

    Quote Originally Posted by theartist View Post
    Yep as a creative geek with too much time on my hands I've done the lot but realised eventually the most important thing is to record the memories, stats are great but I found it's better to log the things that made the day special too.

    Things like photos for the odd fish both big and small
    The distance you walked or the traffic you sat in
    Wildlife seen
    The Weather
    The Date
    They way you fished like a genius
    The way you fished like an idiot
    The folk you met on the way
    Your dad asking you a question then saying "eh!" EVERYTIME you reply
    Then seeing his face when he finally catches something on a cold day.

    Sometimes too many stats seem like a blur of numbers when you look back on them but throw in a story along the way and every trip can be an adventure, plus you learn a lot more as it can register easier when you re-read them as a simple diary entry.
    Very interesting. Those are some amazing drawings you have on Etsy, especially love the perch!

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