Originally Posted by FrankTroutAngler
Congratulations on what was probably your best year.
The number of 20"+ trout (11) that you caught is amazing considering how little you fished and the fact that you didn't fish much in the autumn when big wild trout are most available. I've gone many a year without catching one that was 22.5" or bigger, so that's a really big trout in my eyes.
Your TPH average is impressive.
For any anglers out there reading this who are interested in keeping statistics, it's really not all that difficult. I typically hold my stream thermometer out in the air while walking to the stream, and then when I get there to begin fishing I write down in my small tablet with pencil (not ink because pens don't write well if the paper gets wet) the date, stream, spinner, time, air temperature and water temperature. It takes probably only a minute to do this. Sometimes I record the WT shortly after beginning to fish since I keep my thermometer on a string and can drop it in the water while fishing, thus taking less time.
Then, while fishing, immediately after catching a trout and before making my next cast I get out my tablet and write down, for example, " 9 BK 705," which means I caught a 9" brook trout at 7:05. Following this procedure assures me that my count is correct; the worst that could happen is to forget to write down a trout, in which case I would be understating my catch. When I finish fishing a stretch of water I simply get out my tablet and write down the number of hours that I've fished and circle it. That's it. All other number crunching is done at home so little fishing time is wasted.
Agreed. I keep a tablet with me too and record each trout I catch, though somewhat differently than Frank. I record the size, species, type lure (spinner, plug, spoon) and regulations of the stream section.
So if I caught a 12 inch wild brown on a Rapala, it would say:
WBn 12" R GR (general regulations)
For 16" or larger trout, I record a more complete lure description:
WBn 17" #5 CDBlR GR (#5 Countdown Blue Rapala)
I record the time spent fishing and water temperature separately.
I have a spreadsheet where I enter my information and it flows into the various tables and pivot tables I use.