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Author Topic:  Negatives of tourney fishing  (Read 1427 times)


Negatives of tourney fishing
« on: October 08, 2017, 09:13:26 AM »
Ever fish with someone in a tourney and go home thinking, "my time would have been more productive mowing my lawn"?!  :choked-up:

Guess I changed after quitting my last bass club over twenty years ago, especially fishing with untalented bass anglers in the back of their boat, having to depend on their lack of knowledge of where and what to use.
The biggest hurdle was fishing waters neither of us knew, wasting time in unproductive areas and weighing in none or just a few bass between the two of us. A few members actually stiffed me by working parallel and close to shore lines, jetties, walls, pilings, etc., casting ahead of the boat leaving me no water to fish.

After the weigh-in, we'd just go home - no discussions or exchange of ideas, camaraderie -zip, until the next tournament. Those that fished with a certain few, fished with them only, and if they did their homework (pre-fished a lake), did better in the yearly standings.  

Winning is nice, but for me not as important as learning how to be a more versatile angler. That means fishing the different structure a lake or river has to offer. If my partner only fishes far from shore in deeper water, I can't get to try shallow water lures as a non-boater. And if neither of us is catching fish in deeper water, the time is a total waste, especially if he rarely looks at the sonar screen. Only once I have I fished with a deeper water angler and witnessed nice fish caught which prompted me to use what he was casting and had the thrill of getting slammed on lures I rarely used in my local waters. At the time, we were fun fishing - he's never belonged to a club to this day and could outfish a majority of tourney anglers I've known.

Dues can be pretty hefty for some clubs and especially fees paid to belong to B.A.S.S. and the state federation. Kind of wondered what I was getting for my money except the magazine that had little of interest except article-advertising. My area used to have a few outstanding bass clubs, but politics killed them and the few that remained were cutthroat. Many that were avid tourney anglers, sold their boats and never fished again. Sad because some were talented and nice to fish with, which brings me to the different reasons we fish:
fishing competitions plainly for proving who's best or rising to maybe fishing higher stake tournaments;
rec fishing for the many personal reasons having nothing to do with competition.

What I still can't understand is paying many thousands for a bass boat and then storing it after the last tournament or just before the start of the hunting season. I've always fished until the weather got too raw regardless of the month and have done well some years in Dec. and then March. Why stop?

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Offline Bud Kennedy

Re: Negatives of tourney fishing
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2017, 02:35:18 PM »
Good Read Sam.  We don't tournament fish either.  Life is full of enough competition to go out and look for more.  I am very introverted and have no desire being around a bunch of folks for a competitive event.  The best times are when the Mrs. and I are on the water just enjoying the day and casting our lures into what ever water we can find.  

I know many here love the tournament environment and love all it brings.  It just is not my thing but I respect their desire to compete.  I said I respect it but I don't accept or understand the condition. Perhaps if I were a skilled angler I might think differently but alas I am just an average fishing schmo just looking to relax

Offline iamski

Re: Negatives of tourney fishing
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2017, 02:51:02 PM »
I agree with most of what you stated. I've belonged to a few clubs That I left cause they put money first.
I still fish one club that's more money than angler friendly. Reason is my partner kind of took me under his wing in showing me the waters we fish and boat positioning. In this club I only fish enough to keep membership and the team tournaments. The team tournaments I fish with my partner. We change boats too between mine and his. Dues are $40 yr and $25 each tournament. The abilities are far apart in this club.
Now in the club I run on Wednesdays it's a different story. We are all kind equal in our abilities too. No dues and $20 entry fee. payout is 1, 2, 3 and lunker. We have about ten members and guest too. I hear all the time that they wish I would do a weekend tournament too. In this club we help one another with launching boat and safety on the water. This is what I feel a club should be run. We also talk about what baits we use and how. Only thing we don't say is where. 
We're all retired and love Bass Fishing.
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Re: Negatives of tourney fishing
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2017, 03:28:36 PM »
What both of you said applies to me.

The first club I joined was low key and the guys were out just to have a good time - skill level based on experience fishing local tournament waters and winning never the priority. Politics low key except for a few who tried to make it part of the agenda and wasted time arguing at meetings. Even though I didn't own a bass boat at the time, I was elected president my second year really pissing off the politician who thought the club far less BASS federation-active than to his liking. He ended up dividing the club in half and thereby destroying it.

Wish we had a club like yours Ski. I'm also retired and it's almost impossible to find local anglers willing to fish on a regular basis. Those I have fished with have used what I've shown them on different water, brought their own friends there and I never hear from them again. I have more in common with members of this forum who love the sport, share information and are happy to learn more.

Within a year I'm buying a house in Tenn. near Nashville and hope to find someone to fish with that feels the same - though maybe not as much a fanatic as me. LOL 

Offline fish365

Re: Negatives of tourney fishing
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2017, 06:35:11 PM »
 I currently fish a club that has a $25 yearly membership and $25 entry per person, 3 fish limit, everyone fishes against everyone. A club that has $40 entry per boat per tournament and no membership fee, 5 fish limit, 5 tournaments to qualify for classic. A May-September Tuesday night TX that has a classic the first Saturday after last Tuesday night. I enjoy the laid back feel of the Tuesday night tournaments. The per person club is ok, just not crazy about having someone beating me from the back of my boat. The $40 per boat club is becoming more political and have enjoyed it less than in years past.
 All that said, I have zero desire to fish a BFL, FLW or BASS open as a boater or co-angler. Know of too many people that have been"back boated" by the boater they drew. As a boater, I have felt too much of an obligation to put my non-boaters I drew in the$25 club on fish to the point where I probably hurt my chances. But, I remember not owning a boat.
 Bottom line is, the bigger the tournament, the less fun it is to me.
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Re: Negatives of tourney fishing
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2017, 11:28:08 AM »
I enjoyed tournament fishing.  I was able to get in the one that kicked butt on a regular basis.  Some of the guys fished tournaments every weekend and a couple of them fished BASS part of the time.  I learned a ton from those guys and after several decades some of them are still my best friends with whom I have fished and made baits.

Three couples of us are planning a 2 week camping/fishing trip the last of this month.  I'm really looking forward to the time with them.
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