Fishing tournaments are not for everyone, but one thing is true: enter a bass fishing tournament and your skills are sure to improve. Itâ€™s inevitable because the competition pushes us to strive beyond our normal limits.
Tournaments have various categories. Some of them require fishing in a crowd which raises boating and angling expertise to a new level. In these situations, organization and forward thinking is key. Decision making is also critical, and if you donâ€™t run through your options quickly and accurately then youâ€™ll find someone else in your spot. Free-for-all challenges lower the stakes a bit by allowing anglers to fish on their own. Only results getting measured, and fishing knowledge, decision making, reading the water, knowledge of a species, and techniques appropriate to the situation are the game. Some tournaments include competitions within a competition, with techniques like the most accurate cast or the longest distance cast being common choices.
Getting paid to fish is another good reason to fish tournaments. Some professional fishermen earn a living catching fish while amateurs can make enough pocket change to help offset some-if not all-of their expenses. The ultimate is to win enough major tournaments to be sponsored, and those patches on your shirt or vest are the result of a lot of hard work and determination.
Some tournaments are just plain fun. Charity tournaments or catch-and-release tournaments are a fantastic way to get a group of like-minded folks together. If there is money at stake it always goes towards the sponsoring group or cause, and itâ€™s usually raised in the way of donations.
If you win you are on the right track, and if you lose you are still on the right track. Youâ€™ll talk with other anglers, and learn what worked and what didnâ€™t. You can try it out the next time you are on the water, either at a tournament or just knocking around with friends. Are you a regular on Fishing Tournaments? Share your experience with us by commenting on this post.