Main Menu
Advertisement
Affiliates
Advertisement
Newest Members
Gary D Watters, Don Dison, loop, Gadawgs, urosenara
102734 Registered Users
Top Posters
TexDawg 82885
hopalong 74407
Pilothawk 73445
JDavis7873® 67377
FattyMcButterpants 60518
John175 ® 59914
Tritonman 56835
Derek 56437
SkeeterRonnie 52463
LoneStarSon® 52225
facebook
Forum Stats
102732 Members
61 Forums
859295 Topics
11273111 Posts

Max Online: 36273 @ 01/23/13 02:34 PM
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >
Topic Options
#11353734 - 01/18/16 01:26 PM What is the best way to learn how to tournament fish?
Big Mouth Brett Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 02/19/15
Posts: 65
I have only fished in three tourneys starting last year and all were on Fork. What a way to start right? One was by myself and the other with a partner. I am wanting to know what steps to take in order to understand a strategy to become good at this.

thanks, BMB

Top
#11353761 - 01/18/16 01:37 PM Re: What is the best way to learn how to tournament fish? [Re: Big Mouth Brett]
Razorback Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 08/31/01
Posts: 3437
Loc: Tyler, TX, USA
Join a club in which the members share their knowledge and genuinely try to help newer anglers learn. Identify the guys who are good fishermen, pay attention to what they say and do, and learn. Don't just go out and fish their spots, but try to learn from their mental approach as well as their tactics.

If you get a chance, go fishing with anglers who are better and more experienced than you are...and pay attention.

Top
#11353767 - 01/18/16 01:38 PM Re: What is the best way to learn how to tournament fish? [Re: Razorback]
B Lee Online   happy
Extreme Angler

Registered: 02/23/11
Posts: 2866
Loc: Tolar, Texas
This
Originally Posted By: Razorback
Join a club in which the members share their knowledge and genuinely try to help newer anglers learn. Identify the guys who are good fishermen, pay attention to what they say and do, and learn. Don't just go out and fish their spots, but try to learn from their mental approach as well as their tactics.

If you get a chance, go fishing with anglers who are better and more experienced than you are...and pay attention.

Top
#11353802 - 01/18/16 01:49 PM Re: What is the best way to learn how to tournament fish? [Re: Big Mouth Brett]
Im RICK JAMES Online   happy
Pro Angler

Registered: 02/13/09
Posts: 734
Loc: Alvord,tx
Get in touch with James Biggs. He teaches you that and much more.
_________________________
It's a dog eat dog world and I'm wearing milkbone underwear

2015 Skeeter ZX225 (Lil Mule)

Top
#11354014 - 01/18/16 03:12 PM Re: What is the best way to learn how to tournament fish? [Re: Big Mouth Brett]
Bruce Allen Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 06/11/06
Posts: 1807
Loc: Emory, Texas
Joining a club is great if you are fishing in club type tournaments. But from your post I take it fished some open tournaments at Fork. If you can afford to do the James Biggs thing or with other teaching guides.

Get a partner and fish Bass Champs or Media or JC Outdoors. Fish individually in Media or JC Outdoors. But fishing by yourself if you aren't already catching a lot of fish does not help you learn that much.

Join a teaching club. I am in one a good one and our members, particularly the co-anglers really do learn a lot. But then we fish on Thursday which may not be good for you.
_________________________
Lake Fork Anglers
Faze 4 Bass Anglers
Hard Core..Major League Fishing format
www.bassfin.com/

Lake Fork Sportsman's Association
www.LFSA.com






Top
#11354048 - 01/18/16 03:27 PM Re: What is the best way to learn how to tournament fish? [Re: Big Mouth Brett]
Fishingking Offline
Angler

Registered: 12/11/13
Posts: 379
Get on the water, fish your strengths. Start on one lake and do well on it, then branch out. Several clubs and tournaments concentrate on just one lake. Back in the day I use to go to a lake and do nothing but ride around and see where people were fishing. I would make a note of it and and at some point go back and see what they were looking at and try to determine why this or that spot. LEARN YOUR ELECTRONICS. More than anything this helps eliminate water. Downside is maps don't show brush piles. Make your own brush piles.

Top
#11354063 - 01/18/16 03:31 PM Re: What is the best way to learn how to tournament fish? [Re: Big Mouth Brett]
Ricky Taylor Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 10/19/14
Posts: 1610
Loc: Midlothian, Texas
Go have fun and fish like you know how.
Think about it too much it turns into work.

Top
#11354072 - 01/18/16 03:36 PM Re: What is the best way to learn how to tournament fish? [Re: Big Mouth Brett]
UTDmiller Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 10/01/13
Posts: 1658
Practice and time on water will also help, do some mock tournaments. Have a clock running and act like you are fishing a tournament for the day, you can weigh and release or just guess weight throughout the day, but this is mainly to help with time management
_________________________
John Miller

Top
#11354073 - 01/18/16 03:37 PM Re: What is the best way to learn how to tournament fish? [Re: Bruce Allen]
Mulkey Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 10/01/12
Posts: 1285
Loc: North Garland
Originally Posted By: Bruce Allen
Joining a club is great if you are fishing in club type tournaments. But from your post I take it fished some open tournaments at Fork. If you can afford to do the James Biggs thing or with other teaching guides.

Get a partner and fish Bass Champs or Media or JC Outdoors. Fish individually in Media or JC Outdoors. But fishing by yourself if you aren't already catching a lot of fish does not help you learn that much.

Join a teaching club. I am in one a good one and our members, particularly the co-anglers really do learn a lot. But then we fish on Thursday which may not be good for you.


thumb
_________________________
Fish long, Fish Hard, Fish all day, Fish everyday...
SKEETER,AIN'T NEVER SCARED

www.rayhubbardbassclub.com
www.topbaits.com
www.halofishing.com
www.swaggertackle.com
Mobius Marine Led's

Top
#11354104 - 01/18/16 03:53 PM Re: What is the best way to learn how to tournament fish? [Re: Big Mouth Brett]
ROBERT HARGROVE Offline
Angler

Registered: 09/22/11
Posts: 321
Loc: DALLAS TEXAS
century bass club no boat needed

Top
#11354108 - 01/18/16 03:55 PM Re: What is the best way to learn how to tournament fish? [Re: Big Mouth Brett]
Donald Harper Online   happy
TFF Guru

Registered: 01/25/08
Posts: 12262
Loc: Justin, TX.
Fast Track
- Fish with great fisherman. Mr. Biggs is a great start.
- Fish Draw Tournament Circuit as a non-boater.
- Pick one lake as your home lake and only fish it when you are applying what you have learned from the first two above.
_________________________
Each person you work with holds some promise to your future success.

www.lakeoviachic.com - Booking Mexico Trips
Shallow Water Mapping - Custom Spinner Baits - Jigs -Spooks
Pure Extracts - Minnow-Night Crawler-Crayfish-Craylic



Top
#11354186 - 01/18/16 04:23 PM Re: What is the best way to learn how to tournament fish? [Re: Big Mouth Brett]
TBassYates Online   content
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 12/21/01
Posts: 6119
Loc: Scurry, Tx - S/E of Dallas
I had been fishing for a couple of years with a buddy in team tournaments years ago and had a blast but felt like it was taking me forever to learn things. My brother talked me into joining Century Bass Club since he was fishing in it and because it was a draw club he said it was great fishing with different guys. I can only tell you that after that first year I learned 100 times more than if I had kept fishing like I was. Then after a year or so since I did have a boat I started being a boater and I still fished as a co angler in tournaments like Redman, BFL, Anglers Choice Pro Ams etc. That's when I started really having fun and really felt like I was truly getting better. I was still learning different styles of fishing from a lot of guys some of which were actual touring pros and then spending more time in my boat trying to put those things I learned to use. The main thing that will help you more than anything is just the actual amount of time you spend on the water. Also it is good to have someone like James Biggs that is taking a different approach and not just teaching you how to catch fish like so many great guides in this state but teaching you the mental part of searching for bass and patterns for catching them. I am probably past the time of really putting in the effort to get better but I am hoping to get with James sometime in the future because I think it would be an awesome day on the lake.
I am much older now and don't own a boat but I am really looking forward to this year because I am still fishing Century as a non boater and also will be fishing Ray Hubbard Bass Club which is a team format with my son in law.
_________________________

Top
#11354195 - 01/18/16 04:26 PM Re: What is the best way to learn how to tournament fish? [Re: Big Mouth Brett]
Big Mouth Brett Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 02/19/15
Posts: 65
All sound like great info. Thanks for the tips. I think that is another problem from what you mention is electronics. I just bought my bug last year and got a new graph but being new to the boat world do not really feel like i know how to read it. I tried youtube and the internet but do not feel it helps me personally.

I will take note of what you all have shared and try to apply it and see what it nets me. I did all the Big Bass tourneys on Fork last year and only caught 2 fish the entire 3 tournaments fished all of 1 pound each. It was pretty humbling and humiliating. Then again, I have always been a bank fisherman up to that point last year so fishing deep is a whole new ball game for me too.

Thanks again!

Top
#11354282 - 01/18/16 05:00 PM Re: What is the best way to learn how to tournament fish? [Re: Big Mouth Brett]
SAKS Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 07/23/14
Posts: 653
Nothing beats time on the water especially if your locked into a lake. Take notice of seasonal patterns. I don't tourney fish anymore but when I did I would get a paper map of the lake I was fishing and try to eliminate water based on seasonal patterns. I still study paper maps to this day prior to hitting the water even on a lake I know. Sometimes looking at it might trigger something I might not think of on the fly.

Top
#11354287 - 01/18/16 05:03 PM Re: What is the best way to learn how to tournament fish? [Re: Big Mouth Brett]
TtownBassDude Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 05/31/10
Posts: 782
Catch 15lbs every time you go out.

Top
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >



© 1998-2016 OUTDOOR SITES NETWORK all rights reserved USA and Worldwide