Add a little extra excitement to your fishing experience…

An idea for all you fisherman or future fishermen/fisherwomen… 

This personally made fishing even more fun for me, it adds a bit of competition/goals into the mix, and you can compete against yourself if you want to… 

It is great for the catch and release fisherman that wants to catch tons of fish… 

 

What I did, was assign point values to all the different species of fish within the area, I tried to rate them according to how hard they are to catch or how much of a prize they are generally seen as… for instance a sunfish might only be worth 1pt, but a bass might be worth 15pts… 

Which you can get bonus points for catching a fish over regulation size… say any bass up to 12 inches is worth 15 points, then you get a bonus point for every inch you are over the keeper size. 

For sunfish I did set a 50 per day limit, because in some ponds you can catch so many so fast, and it might be too easy of a way to stack up quick points… although I have found they aren’t always biting! 

Then there is a season bonus for catching a certain amount of different species of fish… so if you caught 10 different kinds of fish during the season you would get x amount of points… then of course the more different kinds you catch, the higher the season bonus you get… This makes you have to learn how to catch a lot of different kinds of fish and go to different places to chase down the different species… 

This was a lot of fun as I kept a notebook with me on all of my fishing adventures and kept track of all of my fish…  

It is an honest man’s competition, although I could see wanting pictures of certain fish as evidence for your friends… some hard to catch fish or a particularly large lunker 

You can compete against yourself on a year to year basis trying to beat your previous scores… 

I thought this made fishing a lot more fun anyways, I always like a add a little competition or incentive to make things a little more exciting… it is also fun to keep track of your fish as well, and you will have a nice journal keepsake for years to come… 

Something to think about as the fishing season is upon us! 

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