I’ve admittedly fallen of the wagon when it comes to reporting. Doing the tagging study was initially exciting years ago, but I found I dreaded recording the data after a catch. Just wanted to get right back at it.
I didn’t report a single release this year, and it was one of my best years. 49.5 jigging, 48 jigging, a 48 casting. Would have loved a hat; but it taught me a valuable lesson.
My “new season,” resolution is to contribute to the goldmine of data that is held by Mr. Scime.
By not including my data, I realized I’ve robbed this club of valuable info. I heavily favor jigging and casting, and saw the catch rate was highest for trolling in the recap. Can’t help but wonder how differently a complete data set would have read had I not neglected reporting.
One of the interesting patterns I haven’t seen explored is the time of day on the catch. We all see how well the summer night troll works; and I wonder what patterns we could see if we sorted by time of catch. Obviously with changing sunrise/sunset throughout the seasons this is a moving variable- but I still think there’s a lesson to be learned by time of day as well.
I watched a nature documentary on animals at night- that described certain normally diurnal animals adapting to night due to human pressure- I wonder if the same has happened to our fishery during the dog days of summer with increased boater traffic.
Im almost certain I won’t be able to fish as much this upcoming year, but I’ve committed this post as a reminder to myself to step up and start recording my data. I’m always glad to share with any of you that talk to me about my time on the water, but I hope a renewed commitment to reporting will benefit all.