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I keep up with and constantly use a log.I started when I got my first boat, so far I have four years of hand written notes and typed reports from each day I spend on the water. I include the basics..baits...conditions...stucture..moon phase...etc. Sometimes though my log seems like a jumbled mess. How many of yall keep logs? What type of layout do you use? What kind of info do you enter?
 

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I started keeping a log back in 2001, on saltwater fishing. For freshwater fishing on Travis and Buchanan, I started 2004.

Lake (Name and Location on Lake)
Moon Phase
Time
Lure selection (Name and color)
Water Temp
Air Temp
General weather conditions (Cloudy, etc)
General water conditions (water level, etc)


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I also keep a log.  Several years ago, I transferred all of my handwritten logs into google earth and now use it exclusively for logging my trips.  I also use my GPS data to help me log my trips.

 

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Thats some great info. I am lazy and haven't taken the time to write my trips down though when i get off the water i wish i would have. Thanks Ranger and Pivo how do you transfer from your gps to google earth? Thanks
 

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Pivo how do you transfer from your gps to google earth?
It's an involved process, but I'll give you 30,000 ft. overview.

  • Save your data from your graph to your SD card.
  • Open your saved data file in GPS Trackmaker (free - www.gpstm.com)
  • Manipulate your waypoints (rename, add description, change the icon, etc...) in GPS Trackmaker.  I like to rename my waypoints to the date-weight of the fish caught.  Example:  A waypoint named 012809-2.5 tells me that the fish was caught on 01/28/2009 and weighed 2.5 pounds.  In the description of the waypoint, I'll capture the lure that the fish was caught on or any other details.
  • In GPS Trackmaker, select all data and click the Google Earth icon.
  • Once you have the data in Google Earth, you can add your notes for the lake or specific trip.
  • In Google Earth, save your "My Places" file and make sure you back it up.

I really like logging my trips using this process.  All my trips are grouped by lake and I can visually see what I did in the past - not just reading a bunch of words on paper.

Once I get around to it, I'm going to create a video of the process.
 

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Not sure if you guys are interested but I've got a little web project that does something similar - I created it for the same reasons. I don't capture as much info but I can create profiles of each lake, conditions, lure info, etc. Its still a work in progress so I'd love some feedback.

 

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Hi guys,
I've found this great fishing log template which is very visual and practical!

It's not a "boring form" I used to see in other templates, and has additional input fields to others don't have to ensure you record all "parameters" of your fishing trips...!!

Plus, it's pretty cheap in comparison to other templates/journals, especially for the added value it provides (my opinion)

Have a look by yourself:

Awesome Fishing Log Book Visual and Practical Journal: Record | Etsy
 
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