What the Pro’s Do – Fishing Diary Helps Prepare for a Tournament

July 9, 2013 5:50 am0 commentsViews: 123

Keeping a Fishing Dairy

Bobberhead Bob is certainly not a pro fisher, and you are not likely to be either, as this blog is meant for occasional fishers. That certainly doesn’t mean we can’t learn from the pros.  In a recent post on Bass Resource, Ronald F. Dodson, Ph.D. ( a real Ph.D. not just a doctor of fishing) discusses what pros do to get ready for a tournament.

Bass Fishing Tournament Image

The key takeaway is keeping a fishing diary, and then any number of things to keep in mind when getting ready to fish a lake.  There is a link in the excerpt below that takes you to a bss fishing diary form you may want to use or modify for your own situations.

Most occasional fishers, are probably fishing in relatively few locations. And as such, even though infrequent data, a dairy may well help you remember some of what you learned on your last fishing expedition.  Now Bobberhead Bob often can’t remember what he had for breakfast, so remembering that he had luck with the XYZ lure near the willow tree on the east end of the lake with a slow retrieve may or may not come back to him, until the day of fishing is over.

At any rate, I thought you might find this worth a quick read.

Fishing a tournament is in many ways a mirror image of the planning strategies used for any fishing trip except there is appreciably more intensity. This is because you are not just focusing on your challenge of catching bass but also on how that performance will stack up on a given day with other very serious anglers. To make things work the best you will establish priorities that emphasize certain facets of the fishing strategy you are going to follow.
As we will discuss some of these will change as you fish during the day while others consist of covering a number of items before you hit the lake. In fact some of the most serious anglers on the circuits prepare by keeping a written daily log of the facts they want to refer to in the future and religiously refer to historical guide before they would consider fishing a tournament.
This base of data includes areas where fished, time of year, water temperature, wind, type of baits, as well as time of day and condition of sky (cloudy or clear). Folks that follow this kind of logging of information really take fishing to the level of a science. Since I do science for a living I don’t go into the formal recording of daily activity while on the lake, but I do make a mental note of where, when, and how I caught bass. All this is even further of value if you can take the information and begin to put some thoughts as to why the fish were likely where they were in the equation.

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