Fishing Organizer Log FOL2002

 Tracking and Planning Display Software

Online Help File

Fishing Organizer Log FOL2002 is a Windows® 95/98/ME/NT4.0/2000/XP/Vista® application developed to help track and store fishing results, display pictures/maps and analyze fishing strategies. The program enables you to store and easily find fishing results for the entire day, fish species, lake, lure etc. The software will calculate the total weight of the fish given in ounces and pounds and also display a total weight in lbs. for the day (good for tournaments). The Report Preview displays all your record information in an organized report including pictures. The List Report will display the fish species, lake, lure, lure color, time caught, structure, depth caught and fish weight in pounds for a given search criteria. There are also checkboxes to easily view and track your best and worst fishing days.


1. Insert the CD into your CD ROM drive.
2. Click 'Start' on the Windows task bar, then select 'Run' from the start menu.
3. Type "d:\fol2002\setup" and click OK (where "d" is your CD drive letter) and follow the setup instructions. NOTE: Your drive letter can be any letter and may NOT be "D".
4. To run the program go to the Windows 'start' button, up to 'Programs'
5. Scroll and find the 'FOL2002' program (usually at the bottom) and open the program.

6. The registration screen opens, enter the registration number located on the back of the CD CASE and click OK.
7. The Main menu should display and the main program button is at the top left.

1. Open the FOL2002 form and select the "ADD" button.
2. Select the round button lure category.
3. Select and enter your caught fish data (one fish at a time). Start in the large search data box and type: 1) Date caught (DD/MM/YY) 2) Fish Species 3) Lake. Type these in the first 3 lines of the search data box and hit enter after each line, then hit the small "C" button. See the help file for additional data entry instructions.

4. Hit the "Save" button and optional "Report Preview" at the top menu.
5. Hit the "Copy -Add - Paste" buttons to enter the next record.


First, type your data into the search data box. The first 3 lines should match the three blue fields (Date Caught, Fish and Lake); the rest of the data can be anything you want to assist in located the record.

Enter the data for the first 3 fields (Date Caught, Fish and Lake) in the large search data box.
Then type some search data text anywhere below the first three lines.

Example search data box text:

Largemouth Bass
Greenwood Lake

Lure: Black plastic worm
Any extra search data can be typed anywhere below the first three lines
The first three lines will be copied into 1) Date Caught, 2) Fish Species, 3) Lake. Text data underneath can be used for searches.
Once the first 3 fields are typed in the search data box use the small 'C' copy function button to load the first three lines of the search data box into the proper data fields with blue background.

When typing data into the search data box, you have to hit enter for the first 3 lines. The program will remind you if you forget.

If you double click anywhere in the search data box, it will expand to full view. Double click again to return to normal size.

Data Entry (set up the first record)

After you have entered your data in the search data box proceed to filling out the rest of the data entry form using the dropdown boxes or enter your own data (you don’t have to use the dropdown boxes). When you finish entering your data click the ’Save’ button to ensure the record data is saved. You do not need to fill out everything; you can always go back and edit your data at any time.

All the fields except the fields with blue backgrounds will be copied into the next record you create using the Copy-Add-Paste buttons, then adjust the search record data and press the small ‘C’ copy button to load the three fields that were not copied.


Each lure selection category has its own set of caption titles and dropdown data boxes when you select the category from the round buttons: Crankbaits, Jigs, Spoons, Live bait, Spinnerbaits, Topwater, Soft (plastic lures) and Fly (Fly fishing). Select the lure you are using any time the record is open. This will load custom titles applicable for each lure category.


Hit the “Salt” button to load saltwater fish species. You will need to close the form to reload the freshwater species.


The picture browser is located in the “load pics” tab. Open the browser and select fish species picture file located in c:\program files\FOL2002.


The three blue titles can be changed to anything you like by clicking the blue title and typing your custom title and typing your custom title in the dialog box. The custom title will be copied over to the next record using the copy-Add- Paste buttons.


There are two copy functions in the program to help you load data fast; they are the "Copy-Add-Paste” Function and the Small “C” Copy Function. Once you understand how to operate these functions, data entry will be quick and easy.

Small “C” Copy Function
Once the first 3 fields are typed in the search data box use the small 'C' copy function button to load the first three lines of the search data box into the three blue fields.

"Copy-Add-Paste” Function
To assist in data entry, use the "Copy-Add-Paste" buttons to copy your data into a new record. Once the first record is created (and saved), hit the "Copy-Add-Paste" buttons to copy all of the fields except the first blue background fields; Date caught, Fish Species and Lake.

These two copy functions give you flexibility, speed and accuracy in the data entry process.


Press the desired number search button (1-6) and enter your text criteria. Button 1 will show a single dialog box search prompt; button 2 will show 2 etc. Enter your search criteria in these boxes. The program will take you to the first match. Proceed to the next matching record by using the large right arrow navigator button. Proceed to the previous matching record by using the large left arrow navigator button.

When you get to the end of your search an “End Search” message will appear.


You can include up to 8 pictures per record. A vertical front/back image and horizontal front/back image. The program will resize the picture to fit the screen and you can also select the 'actual size' view feature. You can load all 8 pictures from the 'Load Pic' tab or from the view tabs. Once the picture is loaded you can hit the ‘view picture’ button to view the picture. Hit the 'SAVE' button to view a picture after you load it and move to a different Tab.

Supersize Pictures: You can select the ‘supersize’ picture option in the horizontal front tab to display four main pictures in a large display. This is good for displaying fishing maps, large photos or documents.
Alternate Pictures: There are four alternate Pictures (1,2,3,4) that can also be linked to the record making a total of eight pictures per record. Click the ‘Main Picture’ button to view the main picture and ‘Picture 1’,2 etc for the others. There is an ‘actual size’ feature that will show the picture in actual size and a ‘zoom’ and ‘out’ button for close-ups.

You should group your pictures in directories first so you can find and load them easier.

The 2-picture display tab can change the picture displays to square or long under the ‘view’ menu option.


Keep track of the best and worst fishing days by checking the appropriate checkbox: Trophy, Over 12 inches, Excellent, Good, Fair and Poor.

These checkboxes are linked to the list search feature so you can search and analyze fishing strategies.

You can easily view a complete (or filtered list) in the program or print it out. Items that are checked as ‘Trophy’ will display as a red background in the total weight field. To view a list of all fish over 12”, open the ‘list tab’ and under ‘list search’ select ‘Over 12 inches’. You will always get 2 prompts to filter your search. You can leave them both blank by just hitting enter or click the OK button to search for everything.

Search Text: The search text you type will be displayed in blue on the main menu so you can check for any typos if results are not as expected.

Record Number: Each record is assigned a permanent sequential record number. To find a specific record by this number use the top menu option under ’Search’ and input the record number you are looking for.

Expanded Displays: You can expand the note box to include large amounts of text or notes. Copy and paste into the search data or note box by highlighting the text, right clicking the mouse and pasting into these boxes. The note field is expanded on the second tab, and the search data is expanded by double clicking anywhere in the search data box. To return to normal display double click anywhere on the expanded search display box.

Multiple Search Fields: There are 6 separate search fields to locate data. Each button on the main menu with a numbers 1,2,3,4,5,6 are for how many search prompts for that function. If you hit button “2” you will get two search prompts to search for “Largemouth bass” and “crankbait”. Then use the large navigator buttons with arrows to move to the “Next” or “Previous” record. You can use as many search fields as necessary to help filter your search; i.e.: Button 3: "Largemouth bass", "crankbait", "green", will show you the filtered results. The text that you type will be displayed in a box on the main menu to check for any typos if results are not as expected. Remember you are searching for data in the search data box.

List Search: You can do a list search up to 5 separate fields! Use the list search option in the top menu. You can search “ALL” or select a filtered search based on the checkboxes. An example would be to search for "Largemouth bass", "crankbait", "green". Hit enter for the other blank search prompts. It does not matter if you use lower or upper case characters. Larger lists can be scrolled down to view. You can save this as a text file to view on your computer or work from a print out.

The list search tab includes a feature to show the horizontal scroll bar to view all your data if it extends outside the box and you can remove an item from the list, by selecting the item and pressing the’remove’ button.

Total fish weight /List Search: The total fish weight for a given day will be displayed on the bottom of the list search by searching for the date caught.

Total fish weight: For each record, enter the fish weight in pounds and ounces and then hit the small “T” button to convert to total pounds. The total pounds number is what will be totaled in the list search.

Main Grid Display: You can view, edit and sort the data via a grid. Click the top of the header in the grid for the data to be sorted. The grid can be opened from the main menu under ‘File’or ‘options’ menu.

Calculator: A calculator is built in to the main menu for easy reference.

Free Upgrades: Your purchase entitles you to Free Program Upgrades that can be downloaded from our Web site.

List Reports: There are several options to generate reports; you can print the entire record data, notes or list search results to a separate text file. The list search includes 7 different options! Print options are the same as reports and you can print from any tab, including the picture tabs.

Report Preview: The Report Preview feature includes the record data and up to four pictures and the Image Group Preview displays up to all eight images on one page! Both the Report Preview and Group Image Preview will print the images displayed on the screen!

Reports: You can view, print or save as text file individual records or complete list search reports.
There is a record preview (4 images and all record data) and Image group preview (all 8 images and limited record data).

Blank Reports: You can print out a blank report which you can take with you on the fishing trip. Fill in the data on the blank report and then enter the data in the program later.

Notes/Contributing Factors: You can add notes to your catch n the note field, which will expand to full display on the note tab. The note field can store up to 64 pages of text were you can type or paste in information (you can paste in text but you will loose the formatting). You can search for anything in the note field and can also print it out or save to file.

Text Editor: A Text editor is built in to the main menu to create or open text files.

Grid Display: There is also a quick sort grid located on a separate tab. Use the dropdown box to automatically sort by Fish Species, Lake, lure or structure. You can not edit the record in this mode; it is display only. Always edit the record in the data entry tab or main grid and you can also sort by any column in the main grid.

Data Backup: All your data is stored in a database located in c:\program files\FOL2002\fishlog.mdb.

If you copy this data to disk all your data will be backed up. The pictures are not stored in the database; only the picture path is stored. You will need to make a separate backup to tape or CD as you normally would for your pictures.

Fishing Plan, Lure Selection and Results FOL2002

1. Select your search criteria from the six-dropdown box selection choices: Fish Species, Seasonal period, Light conditions, Water clarity, Wind conditions and Water temperature.

It is not necessary to use them all, but you have to select a FISH SPECIES. An example record in already loaded under "Largemouth bass" and "April/Late" or "Spring/Early".

2. If adding a NEW RECORD, type the same data in the search data box (see example record). You can use all six search fields or just as many as you want to define. You can edit these records later with more specific details. Also see #6 below for using the copy-add-paste buttons to add new records.

3. If the RECORD already EXISTS, then hit the "Search" button to locate the record for that search criteria. You can also type a search criteria for the Search data box field in the top menu "Search Options".

4. Fill in or edit the appropriate data for the Tabs: Fishing Plan, Tackle, Pattern, Reference, Results and Electronics. You can also include the Lake/Water name and record number to help locate a specific record. The Lake/Water name along with the record number and GPS coordinates are searchable from the top menu "Search Options".

5. Navigate to the next or previous SEARCH RECORD by the large arrow buttons to find similar records. Navigate though SEQUENTIAL RECORDS using the (small) data control arrows on the bottom right of the form. The data Control arrows move as follows:
< First record < Previous record _____ Next record > Last record >.

6. DATA ENTRY: Once the first record is inputted, use the copy-add-paste buttons to copy the Search Data box and Fishing Plan text to the new record and edit accordingly.

7. Print from any tab using the print button on that tab.

8. You can search for specific text in ALL of the data fields from the top menu. Navigate to the next or previous SEARCH RECORD by the large arrow buttons to find similar records.

Double click on the Fishing Plan text box on the search tab to expand the display, and then double click again to close. The fishing plan will also expand in the "Plan" tab.

The record number in the yellow box is an input field. Enter any number you want and this field is searchable from the top menu. This is helpful as you add more information to locate a particular file.

Included in the database are some of my personal bass catching notes, patterns and lure selections for most seasonal periods, along with example records for tackle inventory, boat maintenance and trailer towing checklist. You can delete of edit these records making them specific for your fishing locations.

Should you have any questions or comments you can contact me at the e-mail address located in the Help File or About screen.
Plan your fishing, and fish your plan.

Robert W. Parkin

Support: For help or support please contact or visit our web site.

MCM Software
P.O. Box 1114
Monroe, NY 10949

Version 2.0.2 modified 03/09/08

Copyright (C) 2001-2008 by Robert W. Parkin. All Rights Reserved.