Everything Jeff said, plus it's part of the experience of competition. Seeing who you're up against, chatting at the dock with your friends, the spectacle of 200 to 400+ people standing in their boats among the mist and navigation lights as the national anthem is played before everyone fires up to launch is a major part of the competition day to me. Start on your hole tournaments just don't feel the same and I think it takes some of the most interesting unknowns and variables out of the game.
Yet, many don't care about the pageantry and the nonsense of a large take-off. That's why there are many trails to choose from, including basically every big bass tournament ever hosted, that cater to a more casual approach.
I don't think that it would be universally safer to trailer every event all the time because travel by roadway is not perfectly safe either.
and this ****
It's simple....if I draw boat #195 then I want to trailer. If I draw #5, I don't.
In all seriousness, trailering doesn't prevent cheating but does provide some relief and safety when fishing in bad weather conditions. I've fished Champs for many years and have always appreciated how they handle the trailering decisions. It can greatly reduce the runs people have to make to get to the locations they want to fish that day. Ask anyone who fished Champs on Ray Roberts last year if they would like to trailer. The weather was fine in the morning but changed as the day went on and on that run back to the marina in the afternoon we broke a graph mount, 1 rod and I think my spleen on our boat and we weren't alone from the ones I talked to after the event.
One other thought on not trailering...I personally love the giant group prayer and National Anthem being played in the morning before the launch. It still to this day gives me goose bumps and occasionally a few tears every time I get to experience it.
These are the best 2 answers as to why or why not trailer.
all the cheating BS for not trailering, all the safety BS for trailering .... does not mean a hill of beans
polygraph takes care of cheating
staff decisions based on weather takes care of safety
it is all about the pageantry, comradery, spectacle, pictures and other stuff that makes a tournament take-off worth doing.
BIG BASS tournaments don't do it ....... why, because BIG BASS tournys are a spectacle at the weigh in, not on the take off.
it goes back to the days of shotgun starts and all the "action" at the start of the tournament. It is the action that creates the adrenaline.
No action/adrenaline in a trailering event.
I certainly am not suggesting to trailer at all events ..... I like the excitement of the draw and getting number 155, getting at the ramp way too early, congestion at the boat ramp, trying to keep my boat from bumping into some $75,000 rig, popping blood pressure pills all the while showing off my 50hp Yamaha that gets me there just in time...... just can't wait. let's GO !!!!!