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I guess some folks like to make resolutions for the new year.  I have never been one for doing that, why wait until some arbitrary date on the calendar?  “Just Do It”!

But, a couple of co-workers and I had this discussion concerning our outdoor pursuits.  Many of us are very serious about our time in the field and on the water, and we are always trying to improve our skills.  Setting some goals or resolutions would be a great way to do that.  Here’s an idea:


I also think it is a good idea to keep things in perspective.  Yes, there are folks who enjoy the competition, and if you are into competitive fishing, great.  I get it.  I understand the attraction.  But, it does not have to be about being better than someone else, anyone else.


Actually, I do spend quite a bit of time reviewing past years fishing successes and failures.  I have literally kept a log book, a field diary, of all of my fishing trips since I was in grade school!  All these years later, I can tell you there are details in those entries that I forgot long ago.  And, I have found that reviewing the past year’s fishing trips is a quantitative way to evaluate what I did well, what I could have done better, what I need to work on, etc., etc.

May I suggest that keeping a field diary or log book may be a good resolution for the coming year?  A resolution to resolve?

If you do that, you can make it what you want it to be.  Yes, for those of you who are technologically-inclined, there are “apps” and programs that can be used.  Or, you can go old-school with a notebook and pencil.  Record as many or as few details as you wish.  What is important to you?  How do you want to improve?

Try it.  It will make you a better angler, and it will make you enjoy it more.


About daryl bauer

Daryl is a lifelong resident of Nebraska (except for a couple of years spent going to graduate school in South Dakota). He has been employed as a fisheries biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 25 years, and his current tour of duty is as the fisheries outreach program manager. Daryl loves to share his educational knowledge and is an avid multi-species angler. He holds more than 120 Nebraska Master Angler Awards for 14 different species and holds more than 30 In-Fisherman Master Angler Awards for eight different species. He loves to talk fishing and answer questions about fishing in Nebraska, be sure to check out his blog at outdoornebraska.org.

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