Fishing Tournaments

Fishing tournaments have turned into a nationally recognized sport. These tournaments are split into two categories; freshwater and saltwater tournaments. Each type of tournament has its own set of rules and regulations. Most importantly, these tournaments require the fisherman to be a licensed of a certain degree of skill. The type of fish you will be fishing during the tournament will dictate the type of lures, bait or rigs you will be allowed to use during the tournament.

Well known fishing tournaments are given an exclusive ranking on the internet. Fishermen who have participated in tournaments before will tell you it’s not about the money. It’s all about the prestige and recognition of being part of the largest fishing community out there. Each tournament has its own individual rules followed by a timeline required or to qualify for a certain price. Some tournaments only allow one team to join. Others have a salary cap specific to the tournament. Line fishing enthusiasts will have to decide if they want the prestige of qualifying early or the money that comes with first place. All of this will be decided in the tournament host’s discretion.

The different tournaments have different formats as well. There are two main types of tournaments. The first is a mass-start tournament. In this type of tournament, teams form a single line and go off at the same time. One person acts as the tournament captain who will stop the line at a random location on the water, point the boat at the exact target, and leave the motor running. This person then jumps off and guides the boat to the fish as they fish. The tournament ends when everyone has had their fill of food and a few cold drinks.

The second type of tournament is more popular in large groups. In this format, teams are given a target to fish for. These tournaments have predetermined boundaries, and the captain of the boat will spend an approximate amount of time given to each designated area. Usually, each team has two or three fishermen as a support team. The captain will then add additional time to the teams viewed target time, depending on the number of fishermen on each team. In this type of tournament, there are usually strict guidelines for bringing in empty hooks and clean fishing lines into the tournament boundaries.

Once the fishing tournament has begun, it’s time to fish! Most tournaments allow legal live baits such as crickets, minnows, grubs, and worms. Artificial lures and jigs a popular with tournament fishers. Tournament fishers also like to use sore back or plastic1989 tissues.

How is tournament fishing done? The boat is positioned in the area of the tournament. Once the captain has determined which areas hold the best increase in catch, the captain will start marking the waters with special painted flags. Often times, tournament fishers will start baiting the lines as soon as the captain is back on the water. Fish will tend to move closer to the tournament area as tension builds. At that point, the captain will maneuver the boat to intercept a drift and cast a lure or bait to the target zone.

The entire tournament will be judged based on the fish caught, the number of fish caught, the number of fish with each type of bait, if the boat was maneuverable and how many overall fish were caught. For a tournament that focuses on one type of fish, such as bass, it may behoove the angler to use a line and rod that is not too heavy but also not be so sensitive as to be unable to feel a light tap on the rod. The type of tournament fishing that takes place is a large part of what makes fishing such a great sport.

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