By Randy Brudnicki
Some people think fishing is a lazy way to spend time. Those folks haven’t been in a fishing tournament.
Tournaments take planning, preparation, intensive study and a competitive spirit. This translates to long hours of work before the event, intense pressure during the tournament and long hours afterward considering the endless and inevitable “what ifs.”
Find tournaments at www.basstournamentfinder.com, categorized by region and month.
You can find team events where you and a buddy fish together and individual events where you are the only competitor in the boat. You’ll need a boat; if you don’t have one, some events allow nonboaters to be paired with boat owners.
Get a head start by scouting the lake before the “off-limits” period. Rules differ, so check them first. Off-limits means no competitor may be on the lake during a certain time frame, except for official practice days, which are usually a day or two prior to the tournament. Some events prohibit the gathering of nonpublic information from anyone who is not competing in the event.
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