A fishing journal, whether in a paper notebook, or online through an app or website - is a place to log your catches. Your observations, including successes and failures, will allow you to become more effective at identifying locations, patterns, and trends to improve your fishing.
1. Record-keeping allows you to track patterns
Keeping a fishing diary helps us by serving as a “backup memory”. By logging your fishing experience consistently, it helps to keep and organise your fishing details for reviewing later:
Recording where you catch your fish, what you catch it on, tide, current and spot. You'll be surprised to find trends hidden in the data. By tracking your catches over time, you'll start to identify patterns and improve your predictions
Analyse your success rates at specific locations, using different techniques, or under varying conditions
2. Use it as a learning tool
There's plenty to learn with a well-kept fishing journal
Adjust to changing conditions
A long term benefit of keeping a fishing diary is that you’ll be able to quickly predict successful patterns and even determine seasonal and yearly changes based on your own experience.
Adapt your fishing techniques and maximise your catch
By logging all the factors that may affect your fishing over time you’ll be able to experiment or tailor your fishing habits and use this knowledge to try to improve your chances of success.
You’ll know which jig colour has worked best at any given site and depth (and even water colour makes a difference!)
Whether current and tides at certain sites yield different effectiveness on lures or bait
Whether modification of your set-up proved successful
Become part of the community that shares information!
Some apps like Fish Brain have useful tools that allow you to track who is catching what, and most importantly, where!
Interested to learn more or join our pilot Fisher Diaries program? It will run from Jan - Jun 2020 - sign up here!
3. It gives everyone more fish through science
When your diaries are shared with our local scientists, they will be able to analyse and study fish populations, spawning behaviour, life cycles, and vulnerable nurseries. This wealth of knowledge will enable us to know how we can protect and enhance overall marine life and marine health.
Altogether, this is going to create more fish, for everyone!
Fisher Diaries is a crucial piece of data that will enable us to have the relevant knowledge to give a boost to our marine ecosystem.
It's possible for Singapore's fish population to grow. And this is where we start.
We are now piloting a Fisher Diaries program in collaboration with marine biologists and tertiary institutions in Singapore.
If you're interested to learn more or join our pilot Fisher Diaries program (Jan - Jun 2020), please sign up here!
Read more: Basic structure of a Fishing Diary
About Marine Stewards
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