First Time Tournament Tips for the Beginner

First Time Tournament Tips for the Beginner
 If you really want to test your skill against other anglers and possibly make some extra money, there is not a better way than to enter a tournament. There are several types of tournaments, Freshwater, saltwater, bass, redfish, crappie and on and on. In this blog, I will discuss how to enter a tournament the first time.    
  Fist you will want to decide why type of fish you like to catch and that you have the confidence to put down your entry fee. Some tournaments are somewhat costly to enter, while some of them are very reasonable or even free. Fish at your skill level, and enter with the understanding that it is the fish that will decide the winner. 

Tennessee Anglers Colman and Capps  are pictured here, they started someplace,
Ronnie Capps of Reelfoot Lake, has won over 1 million dollars fishing crappie tournaments.
 Locate the fishing tournaments in your area. Check with the local wildlife management office for a list of tournaments, most are organized and supported by these agencies that issue permits for the events. Another source of information concerning local tournaments is the bait shops and outfitters in your area who will be willing to help. Keep telling yourself you can do this!

New comer to the Vicious Team and Dale Hollow Lake Guide, Jeremy Colvin  (left) is quickly making a name for himself in both Crappie and Bass  tournaments.
 Decide which tournaments you're interested in competing in, then ask for the name and phone number of the tournament director. When you contact the tournament director you will need to ask questions. You will need to know if it is a team tournament or an individual tournament. Ask the cost for the entry fee.    
  There will be forms and waivers as well as the rules of the event that you will need to fill out and sign. The Tournament Director will provide all of this information to you, and how to obtain the forms or where to sign up. Be sure you are ready when you call to write the information down and repeat the information back to the person to be certain it is correct.    
 You will need to be sure that your boat will meet the specifications for the event. Insurance will more than likely be required. Life jacket requirements may vary between events as to the type or style. Read the information carefully and ask questions. Take what you need, you definitely don't want to find out after your on the water you forgot something. Make a check list and follow it. Be prepared, most events are rain or shine.    
 The tournament's rules and regulations will need to be carefully read and understood. Requirements for size limits and over and under weights and lengths of fish can be confusing. Be sure that you understand how to measure the fish, and the limits for the event.    
 Mail or deliver the tournament entry form back to the tournament director. Make sure to ask the payment method, some require cash and others check or card. Once everything is confirmed, get ready for the thrill of fishing competition. Now you're not only fishing to catch fish, but to keep your money and hopefully win more.      
 A charity tournament can be the best way to get started; they are for a good cause and leave you with a good feeling even if the fish choose another angler. Small local tournaments are a good starting place as well. Chances are that many local businesses in your area sponsor an annual tournament; maybe even your employer would like to spend a Saturday with the team on the lake.  If there are no events in your area, get one started, I am sure you can find support to do so. You can email most pro fishermen and they will be glad to give you tips on getting started in tournaments.  

  If you lose, don't take it personal, you have just learned something. That is often as valuable as the money you paid to enter.    

Happy Fishing!

Ronnie Capps Web Site:
//www.ronniecapps.com/index.php?option=com_contact&view=contact&id=1&Itemid=109

Jeremy Colvin Web Site:
//www.jeremycolvinfishing.com/
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