Records don’t lie

Over the many years I have been fishing I have always kept detailed information on my fishing trips. This gives me nearly 25 years of details about baits, weather, fishing depth and more. The advantage of all this data is the ability to go back and sort by day, month, bait or depth of water and show what has worked to catch fish. If you have developed a journal, or other method to keep up with your days on the water, you have developed a distinct advantage over your buddies who do not keep up with their trips.
Detail on your trips from daily fishing gives you some very concrete information on several fishing points that can give you an advantage on key bits of past history. This detail can make a big difference in your ability to find fish.
Patterns are a big part of finding fish every day and if you know and understand the patterns of the past then you have a starting point when you get to the water. The number of people fishing on our lakes today has taken such a toll on those favorite spots that a pattern is, many times, the only help you can get to have success. It is also true that you have to be able to adjust to conditions as they change from day to day. One day it might be dead-still and the next it might be windy and raining. When the conditions change it forces you to adjust. Many times your journal information can tell you what you did in the wind two years back or the dead hot dry day of a few years ago.
As the weather changes, the reservoirs, controlled by dams water movement from high levels to low levels, really changes the fish locations. Being able to adjust and making the right change can save you time and help’s you make good decisions.
Although baits change and bass memory appears to be much greater than many experts assume, the ability to utilize baits that were successful in past years, during certain periods, can be a big key to catching fish. I am a believer that some bait have survived the test of time and bait selection can be a serious part of daily fishing; knowing what you did in the past can lead you to the correct bait and technique for your current trip and trips in the future. Good record keeping tells you the truth and can lead to some great days in the future.
Captain Mike

Dunham's Sports

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