Tournament Tune-up – Making Progress

Wayne, I rode your G3 to an $11,000 payday at the Canadian Open by Capital One. Thanks again for a great product. Dan M.

It’s no surprise that many anglers are attracted to tournament fishing. Thoughts of standing on stage with the biggest catch of the day while hundreds look on is a type of recognition that is appealing and says, “Job well done!” Tournament fishing is a lifestyle for some while others are content to do it at least once. Along the way anglers find themselves at various stages where it may seem like they are stuck in one place and not reaching their goals, but it’s all part of the process.

Fishing the first tournament – There are so many questions at this stage. Do I need to bring a life vest for myself, do we net the bass or do we have to lip them, how many rods do I bring, etc… It’s best to befriend someone who fishes tournaments on a regular basis who can help you prepare and get the most out of your first tournament experience.

Not getting skunked – Everyone wants to win and nobody wants to come back without any fish at all. It’s a great feeling to get that first bass under your belt, especially if it’s a big one.

Getting your first limit in a tournament – Many anglers reach a point where they have been fishing tournaments but seem stuck on bringing back three or four fish and can’t seem to get that fifth fish. Your first limit is a big milestone.

Your first tournament cash – Tournament fishing is a lot about pre-fishing, purchasing equipment and paying in fees for tournaments. Getting that first check for a high finish is a confidence booster but also pays back some $$ back into the kitty.

Your first tournament win – Some anglers fall into this early on in competitive fishing. Even after winning one it can be a long time before they get back into the winners circle. Others have been fishing tournaments for years and have yet to take first place. A lot of things have to go right to be the best on any given day so the only answer is to work hard and be patient.

Your first “big” tournament win
– This can be even more elusive but once you get it, you’ll want to do it again.

No matter what place you are at in the tournament experience, it’s all good. We battle work schedules, getting enough pre-fishing time, upgrading our equipment to be more competitive and more. It’s a journey with rich rewards in personal growth, friends and success.

(c) 2010 Wayne Carpenter

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