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#11666916 - 06/14/16 01:51 PM What's the point of trailing Pro's when they fish tournaments?
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Another topic got me thinking...What's the point of burning gas following a Pro around a lake just to watch him maybe catch what might be a decent bass from 100 yards away?

I am not trying to troll or anything, just want to know why people do this instead of just going to the weigh-in. Don't you think these boats affect the Pro's time on the water?
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#11666927 - 06/14/16 01:56 PM Re: What's the point of trailing Pro's when they fish tournaments? [Re: Rhino68W]
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Watching how they approach an area, or situation, can be extremely informative. To me it's the same as paying for a guide, your not paying to catch fish, your paying to learn from someone more skilled.
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#11666941 - 06/14/16 02:02 PM Re: What's the point of trailing Pro's when they fish tournaments? [Re: Mike_Soriano™]
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Originally Posted By: Mike_Soriano™
Watching how they approach an area, or situation, can be extremely informative. To me it's the same as paying for a guide, your not paying to catch fish, your paying to learn from someone more skilled.

Okay that makes sense. But can you really learn much from being far away like they are? I assume you watch with binoculars.
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#11666953 - 06/14/16 02:07 PM Re: What's the point of trailing Pro's when they fish tournaments? [Re: Rhino68W]
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Half the guys on fork can learn how to catch fish from 100 yards away.
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#11666959 - 06/14/16 02:11 PM Re: What's the point of trailing Pro's when they fish tournaments? [Re: Rhino68W]
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I took the golf tourney approach. Kinda knew were some of the pros were fishing on Texoma this last weekend, and just sat in a cove for about 3 hours and watched 4 to 5 guys come in and fish it for a while. Pretty cool for a little bit. Then I went fishing!

No, I wasn't the guy who jumped in front of Hackney...lol

I suppose there are things to learn from watching them, but you're right, it's minimal when you're that far away. I stayed back like 500 yards, then went and fished an entirely different area. There were some trailing boats that got pretty damn close IMO. I can see why it pisses some of the guys off.

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#11666973 - 06/14/16 02:18 PM Re: What's the point of trailing Pro's when they fish tournaments? [Re: Rhino68W]
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I watched a couple of pro's for awhile at Ray Roberts until they started running full blast through areas that were really stumpy. I can't get a lower unit repaired like they can, so I quit following them. I wanted to watch Keith Combs offshore but he was flipping the flooded cover while I watched him. frown
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#11666974 - 06/14/16 02:18 PM Re: What's the point of trailing Pro's when they fish tournaments? [Re: jb504079]
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Originally Posted By: jb504079
I took the golf tourney approach. Kinda knew were some of the pros were fishing on Texoma this last weekend, and just sat in a cove for about 3 hours and watched 4 to 5 guys come in and fish it for a while. Pretty cool for a little bit. Then I went fishing!

No, I wasn't the guy who jumped in front of Hackney...lol

I suppose there are things to learn from watching them, but you're right, it's minimal when you're that far away. I stayed back like 500 yards, then went and fished an entirely different area. There were some trailing boats that got pretty damn close IMO. I can see why it pisses some of the guys off.

Now that approach I get. Maybe even toss down some catfish lines and waste time while you wait.
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#11666980 - 06/14/16 02:20 PM Re: What's the point of trailing Pro's when they fish tournaments? [Re: Mike_Soriano™]
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Originally Posted By: Mike_Soriano™
Watching how they approach an area, or situation, can be extremely informative. To me it's the same as paying for a guide, your not paying to catch fish, your paying to learn from someone more skilled.


Then become a Marshal. Much better than spectating from a distance or hiring a guide. I think most do it just because they can.
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#11666982 - 06/14/16 02:22 PM Re: What's the point of trailing Pro's when they fish tournaments? [Re: Rhino68W]
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Here's my question though. I sat in the same little cove for like 3 hours, and there was never more than one pro in that cove at any given time, but several guys stopped in there and fished it. Ya, it looked good, but it made me wonder if they "talk" while a tourney is going on and whatnot?

Just seemed a little odd that 4 or 5 guys came to the exact same stretch of bank all at different times on a lake that big.

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#11666988 - 06/14/16 02:23 PM Re: What's the point of trailing Pro's when they fish tournaments? [Re: Rhino68W]
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You know how little girls get all excited when they see Justin Bieber? These people get just as excited!

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#11666990 - 06/14/16 02:24 PM Re: What's the point of trailing Pro's when they fish tournaments? [Re: Rhino68W]
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We went out for a while Sunday. I enjoyed watching Pros fish a Lake I am somewhat familiar with to see the differences in the way they think and approach the lake. You watch what they are doing, and then hear them talk about those areas during weigh in and it's very informative. Even if it's not always the most exciting thing to watch. smile And yes, we stayed a ways away and used binoculars

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#11666994 - 06/14/16 02:25 PM Re: What's the point of trailing Pro's when they fish tournaments? [Re: Rhino68W]
jb504079 Offline
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I retied lures and drank beer....lol

Originally Posted By: Rhino68W
Originally Posted By: jb504079
I took the golf tourney approach. Kinda knew were some of the pros were fishing on Texoma this last weekend, and just sat in a cove for about 3 hours and watched 4 to 5 guys come in and fish it for a while. Pretty cool for a little bit. Then I went fishing!

No, I wasn't the guy who jumped in front of Hackney...lol

I suppose there are things to learn from watching them, but you're right, it's minimal when you're that far away. I stayed back like 500 yards, then went and fished an entirely different area. There were some trailing boats that got pretty damn close IMO. I can see why it pisses some of the guys off.

Now that approach I get. Maybe even toss down some catfish lines and waste time while you wait.

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#11667002 - 06/14/16 02:29 PM Re: What's the point of trailing Pro's when they fish tournaments? [Re: jb504079]
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Originally Posted By: jb504079
Here's my question though. I sat in the same little cove for like 3 hours, and there was never more than one pro in that cove at any given time, but several guys stopped in there and fished it. Ya, it looked good, but it made me wonder if they "talk" while a tourney is going on and whatnot?

Just seemed a little odd that 4 or 5 guys came to the exact same stretch of bank all at different times on a lake that big.


Some guys on tour work together during practice and even during tournaments. But these guys are so good, it's rare that several guys won't find the same stretch during practice . Also depends on the lake, water clarity, grass or lack thereof, wind direction, etc. Sometimes they get grouped up in the best areas which can make big lakes fish very small.
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#11667137 - 06/14/16 03:27 PM Re: What's the point of trailing Pro's when they fish tournaments? [Re: Rhino68W]
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If you want to learn sign up and be a marshal. I guarantee you will learn more than you expect to and get to know a few of these guys. Gives you a first hand perspective of what they go through on any given day. It's a very strange feeling having several boats trail and watch you all day. I highly recommend marshaling for an event. You won't forget the experience.

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#11667197 - 06/14/16 03:59 PM Re: What's the point of trailing Pro's when they fish tournaments? [Re: Rhino68W]
redskeet100 Offline
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I did it at Grand Lake twice. I do it just to see how they approach certain structure, and kind of get an idea how they work things like docks and points and such as well as how far off the structure they are for certain types of baits. All useful info for a guy like myself.

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