If you have a partner or close pack of fishing friends, hope that someone is type A detailed oriented and very organized. That way everyone contributes to your log but your product at the end of the season provides you with a somewhat thorough record with details to maximize your effort of recording data. I am NOT that guy but Like many surf fisherman, for me the season is year round although not all fishing. At the end of the calendar year, my 3 partners and I get together for a beer and usually sit well past last call sifting through pictures, tide archives, moon phases, dissect what impact the nor’easters had, and after consolidating our info, we have a discussion about what we learned, what we may have unlocked, and what factors influenced the most productive outings. I usually will pre-stage a notebook and bring a printed chartlet. So when we record data there are columns (date, tide, moon, weather, etc.) set up for most of our outings, solo or together from May until November. We have found due to our annual reflection and documentation, efficient surf fishing efforts have brought the highest yields of success in a rather challenging Striped Bass fishery. Particularly now that we have become more involved at home with our families and our kids/ spouses work/activities.
I will admit, the alternative approach many have with the “get out and just fish when you can” is more relaxing, and often more fun, but the different approaches people have is what makes this subject so engaging imo