Posts Tagged "fishing diary"

Fishing and Luna Cycles

Posted on April 25th, 2016 by The Bloke

Some years back, I was listening to a live talk from the famous Australian fishing personality and TV presenter Steve Starling at the Mandurah Boat, Dive & Fishing show. I’ve always found Starlo to be pretty good value and enjoyed reading his book, “Blokes and Tackle“.

On this occasion towards the end of the audience question time, someone asked him what he thought about the theorised effect of Luna (moon) cycles on fishing. This is a subject which had been doing the rounds in Australian fishing magazines at the time, and the jury was still out. Steve’s answer was along the lines that he didn’t know for sure what the effect might be, but that it was something worth keeping in mind – all else being equal – in your fishing diary.

I appreciate Steve Starling’s trademark lack of bulldust in his answer – along the lines of “sure keep that in mind, but I don’t claim to be an authority on the subject”.

Of course, I’ve long since lost the fishing diary I used to keep at the time, but doubt I could match the tenacious attention to detail that a teenager shows for a new hobby they’ve latched onto. Personally, I really like this fishing diary format from Nick Simonson (which includes a pictorial for your Luna Cycle info):

Fishing Diary Page

Keeping a Fishing Diary

Posted on December 29th, 2012 by The Bloke

If you regularly fish the same spot, a good practice is to keep a fishing diary. The purpose of this is to keep track of local weather and related conditions along with the number and type of fish caught on each outing, in order to deduce a pattern over time. For example, your diary’s accumulated data may indicate that you will have better results when the weather is a certain temperature, or after a heavy rain, or when the waterway matches certain conditions.

I was keeping my own fishing diary for some time when I visited Perth’s “Blackwall Reach” on the Swan River each weekend. Eventually this became a futile effort as that neck of the river gradually became overrun with seaweed and blowfish, but a fishing diary can prove useful for the dedicated angler.

My fishing diary had rows for the fishing dates, and column headings such as “Bait Type”, “Temperature”, “Cloud Cover”, “Wind Conditions”, “Water Clarity”, “Species of Fish Caught”, “Number of Fish Caught”, etc. You may think of other factors you would like to keep track of, in order to optimise your chances of success in the long term.


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