1First either go fishing alone, with friends, or with a licensed fishing captain and catch some monster fish!
You are going to start logging your fish in MYFish.com’s handy online fishing log so you can begin to learn from various factors and catch more fish from experience!
Log Your Fish
2Use our online fishing log to record the total fish caught, total fished released, and by species of fish; the number of species caught, average length of the fish, average weight of the fish, number of fish caught, number of fish released, if or not the fish were legal to keep but released, and what bait the fish was caught using (soft plastic, hard bait, live bait, dead bait,).
3You will be catching more fish in no time using your helpful notes that are viewable ONLY to you! Using all of the great information collected by YOU, you will be able to learn from your notes, and remember the conditions and locations of those days when all the stars aligned and fish were just jumping in the boat!
Get In The Discussion
4Comment on your posts and others throughout the site to help share the love! Get involved in the discussion with other fishermen and even develop new friends to include in the normal crew of fishing buddies. Start fishing smarter today and log your first fish today!
2008 Editorial Titles
- Sport Fishing Magazine, May 2008, Editor-In-Chief, Doug Olander’s Editorial Titled, “Make “Bad Science” Better”.
- Saltwater Sportsman Magazine, August 2008, Editor-In-Chief, John Brownlee’s Editorial Titled, “Big Brother or Big Improvement”
- Shallow Water Angler, August / September 2008, Editor Mike Connor’s Article, “Count Me In”.
- November / December 2011; Sport Fishing Magazine Editorial by Editor-In-Chief, Doug Olander, November/ December 2011, pg 6, “Don’t Manage Fish By Wild-Ass Guess”.
- In a Press Release dated 11-29-11 from our Government, “Legislation to Avert Unnecessary Fishing Closures Gathers Senate Support Nelson/Rubio Bill racing the clock to fix management problems in federal saltwater fisheries.
The following is the opening paragraph, “WASHINGTON, D.C. – Nov. 29, 2011– With a December 31 deadline looming, support is surging for legislation to ensure that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service uses sound science to set catch limits for the nation’s fisheries as a Senate version of the Fishery Science Improvement Act was introduced late yesterday by Senators Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).” Regardless of the occurrences between 2008 and today, the fact is nothing has changed with respect to closures & tighter restrictions except we have more of each. The question then becomes, “Are closures and tighter restrictions the result of NOT having recreational catch data?”
Rolling the clock back to July 2007, an online logbook website was introduced (www.myfish. com). Its purpose was two fold; 1. Logbooks are an invaluable source that allows an angler to fish smarter and better by referencing past fishing trips. 2. Myfish.com could extrapolate the non-confidential (that’s the really important part) catch information in summation to be used for fishery management purposes. MyFish.com operated for a 21 month period capturing data on 43,213 fish from blue gill to blue marlin. MyFish.com had the support of some truly good people at CharlestonFishing.com, Haddrell’s Point Tackle, The Snook Foundation, Mote Marine Laboratories, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Coastal Angler Magazine and numerous anglers. Tough economic conditions outweighed the positive momentum of the website and the decision was made to pull the plug.
MyFish.com is back on the World Wide Web seeking anglers ready to help generate data. Anglers seldom are informed as to the summation of their catch data but not on MyFish. See for yourself. The charts and graphs are representative of anglers taking a pro-active stance towards science based fisheries management.
Drill down a little bit to focus specifically on Red Drum in October 2008 from South Carolina anglers and you’ll notice more than half of the red drum caught were released. Of greater importance, is the 67 fish that were actually legal to have kept, but the angler released. “Legal Released” is the logbook entry suggested by several biologists that allows the angler to note the number of legal fish that could have been kept, yet released. This simple data field allows fishery managers to correlate a “Legal Released” fish to a State’s slot / size limit. Furthermore, “Legal Released” allows the angling community a means to measure release habits. More so than commercial operations, recreational anglers have the ability to release a fish…. healthy!
MyFish.com anglers logged 1,639 snapper in 2008. The below graph breaks down the catch & release data among the different snapper species. This graph represents anglers from South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Anglers from South Carolina, Georgia and Florida logged 768 Speckled Trout in Q1/2009. Again, of particular interest is that 621 were released (under the minimum size limit) while 66 were released that could have been kept (fish over the minimum size requirement). According to several biologists that reviewed this data, those 621 released under the slot suggest a healthy population of juvenile fish.
MyFish.com’s brief existence demonstrated that recreational catch data can be obtained. Then what? MyFish.com pledges to share the summation of the data quarterly with anglers while also providing the entities / recipient names to which the information is disseminated. If we as anglers are going to participate in logging our catch details, then would you agree that we must also be informed to the data’s findings and hold accountable those who will be in receipt? The future of fishing after all relies on informed anglers!
Anglers and the marine / fishing industry are very much intertwined and accordingly, a collaborative effort is essential. To re-launch MyFish.com with the support of Scout Boats, Key West Boats, Z Man, Strickland Marine Insurance, Haddrell’s Point Tackle, Coastal Angler Magazine, Bob Redfern’s Outdoor Magazine, Lowcountry Fly Shop and CharlestonFishing. com is without doubt a powerful statement from the industry stakeholders here in the Palmetto State. We encourage all anglers to get involved with fishery management issues whether it’s the Topwater Action Campaign, MyFish.com, CCA, RFA or the many other conservation oriented groups and activities.
In addition to the catch and release data, MyFish.com anglers (SC, Ga & Fla) also provided average weights and lengths for those same 768 Speckled Trout caught in Q1/2009. The below graph states the average length of a large Speckled Trout was 19 inches while it’s weight was on average 2.3 pounds. The MyFish Logbook doesn’t expect anglers to note the weight and length of every fish caught during a trip that would be absurd. Accordingly, averages (weight and length) are used when multiple fish of the same species are caught.
Will the collection of recreational data solve our fisheries management problems? Nope! Because data is only one of the issues, environmental concerns and habitat are equally as significant. However, will recreational data assist in arriving at management decisions, allow justifiable rationale for decision making and in conjunction with other means be of value? I would answer, closures and tighter restrictions should NOT be the result of us anglers doing nothing!