by 3-time Basmaster Classic Qualifier Lee Bailey Jr

Keeping A Logbook (Fishing Factors™)

Keeping A Logbook (Fishing Factors™)

We have all had days on the water when the fish refuse to bite no matter what technique or bait we toss their way. Keeping A Logbook will help keep you from scratching your head only to bring greater discomfort, and we convince ourselves to believe that it must just be a bad day on the water. You can reverse days such as these, a feat made possible by the art of patterning fish. However, before you can pattern, you must first learn to understand and record the information you gather on each outing.

Keeping records of your fishing adventures is not only fun but also will certainly increase your catches later. If there were, one thing that I would consider as a very important Fishing Factors™ to becoming a consistent angler it would be Keeping A Logbook. I have personally kept a Fishing Log from the very beginning of my fishing experiences. You will learn many things from keeping a Fishing Log such as, behaviors of bass, weather patterns and Feeding habits, structure preferred by bass and baitfish, lures and techniques to use under similar circumstances.

Keeping a Log

Does keeping a logbook Really Help?

Basically, a fishing log is a permanent record that outlines various criteria present during the catching of a fish. These conditions could include; water clarity, wind, water and air temperature, date and time, lure or bait, retrieve speed and structure. A fishing log can include as much or as little detail as you choose, but the more information you track, the more useful it ultimately becomes.

What actually happens to you as an angler keeping a fishing log is that you will learn to be a more consistent angler from your own fishing experiences. The many hours of trial and error on the water now become a wealth of knowledge that you will be able to draw from. Remember one thing though with keeping a fishing log, you need to be as detailed as possible. I find it important that I enter my fishing details in the log the evening of my outing. If you wait, you will be amazed at how much you forget. Enter every detail you can remember. In addition, if you can, draw sketches of that little sweet spot, or specific piece of underwater structure where the big one came from.
Another neat thing about fishing logs is the complete picture that they represent. Compare how many Largemouths you caught this year to previous years. How many hours total did you fish this season? Did your average per fish go up or down? Not only can a log hold informative data, it can also hold a wealth of fun.