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Structure of a Fishing Diary

A fishing diary is one that records all the information that is most interesting to you! More details can be added depending on what you find helpful for your fishing activities.

The basic structure of the diary includes:

1. Trip-specific

Date of fishing - This is the day of fishing

Time spent fishing - Duration (start and end time) of complete trip, by location

Location - This is where the fishing took place. It is useful to note the general and specific location of the fishing. Eg One reservoir might have several fishing spots

2. Fish related

Targeted species - Whether the objective of the trip is to catch a specific fish.

Fishing technique - The details of the tackle and rigs you used. Number of devices by type used.

Lures or baits used - These are the lures or techniques that you used in fishing. Record if it's on top-water, bottom or mid-water

Type of fish - This is where you identify every fish caught e.g Barramundi, Queen fish, Peacock Bass, etc. This includes EVERY fish hooked, even if it's C&R

Size of fish - Weight, length*, girth of each fish (*preferably fork lengths: length from mouth till the fork in the tail)