Fishing Log

Fishing Log | The Importance of Keeping a Fishing Log

Let’s face it: We all know it’s important to keep track of our fish catches through a fishing log, or logbook for short. I’m talking about the type you might find tucked away in your granddad’s attic, filled with handwritten details from fishing expeditions of years past.

It’s something we should do, but those of us who aren’t OCD and meticulous note-takers could get caught up in the old adage of chasing ghosts by fishing memories.

My personal opinion aligns with those who say you shouldn’t get caught up in chasing memories. But I still prefer to keep a fishing log because quite frankly, my memory is garbage. I can’t remember the big picture stuff like the date and location of a fish catch, much less the details like barometric pressure and water temperature.

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A Fishing Log That Records Data for Me

That is why I love the ANGLR app — this isn’t your granddad’s logbook. For one, it collects data that is far more powerful. And you can say “bye-bye” to your handwritten efforts that would have you “fishing memories.” 

The ANGLR app lets me go back in time to see when the best feeding windows were relative to similar weather conditions that I’ll face on my next outing to help me develop a game plan. I’m not chasing memories, I’m predicting patterns.  

I’m not trying to go back and catch the same 4-pound bass that I lost on one particular stump 2 years ago. No, I’m using all the data collected from 10 trips I made under certain conditions to tell me what I need to do when the wind shifts directions or the barometric pressure increases. 

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This is next-level stuff.

Even if you have a great memory, you don’t have a running clock in your head to be able to look back one day and remember you caught a fish at exactly 10:03 AM. Nor do you carry around a barometer to memorize the barometric pressure at the point of each fish catch… but the ANGLR app does

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This Fishing Log Changed How I Look at My Data

The great thing about this massive data accumulation is that it happens with very little input on my end and it’s completely private. I am not OCD. I am not disciplined when it comes to taking notes. Luckily, the app does most of the work for me, keeping up with a wide array of conditions automatically and locking them all down to the second when I drop a pattern point relative to a fish catch. 

And if I’m feeling extra motivated, ANGLR lets me add my own notes in conjunction with a particularly meaningful catch. Say I caught a fish beside a dock instead of under it on a bait I don’t typically throw due to abnormal water clarity. I can add all those details on the spot or later when I’m off the water. Then, in similar conditions, I can refer back to them right there on the app. I can even add a picture to my notes of the bait, dock or fish if I want. 

So stop chasing ghosts by fishing memories. Do yourself a favor and use the app. It’s a powerful tool that helps you avoid making the same mistakes over and over. It’s a tool that will make you a better angler every time you use it.


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Shaye Baker

ABOUT Shaye

Shaye Baker started fishing with his dad in Alabama as soon as they could find a life jacket small enough to fit him. Competing with his father in local tournaments, Shaye quickly found a hunger for competitive bass fishing. He furthered his fishing career at Auburn University helping to establish the Auburn University Bass Fishing Club. While at Auburn, Shaye served as the President of the club and qualified to fish on the traveling team amassing six Top 5 finishes including two 3rd place finishes in consecutive FLW College Fishing National Championships. While beginning to dabble in the world of outdoor journalism, Shaye continued to fish semi-pro events finishing in the Top 5 in the Bassmaster Opens, FLW Costa Series and BFLs. Finding himself at a crossroads, Shaye chose to put down the rod and pick up the pen and camera to focus on his career in outdoor journalism. Shaye has had work featured in Bassmaster Magazine, FLW Outdoors Magazine, B.A.S.S.Times and the Japanese bass fishing magazine Basser. Shaye has also had work featured on ESPN and Wired2Fish.com, FLWfishing.com and Bassmaster.com. While working with B.A.S.S., Shaye initiated and spearheaded their GoPro division which brought more video coverage to the fans than had ever been done before in competitive fishing. After his tenure with some of the best companies in the business, Shaye identified a need for competitive fishing where participation didn’t cost a fortune. By founding UPLOADED, the Online Fishing Series, Shaye established a free tournament series where anglers could film their fish catches and upload their videos to compete against other anglers for prizes.

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