Again sorry for the questions ive never fished a tourney with assigned numbers and the idle through check in deal. Thanks in advance..
You've got some time to understand the idle through check-in deal... That doesn't happen at Fork. It is a truly a trailering tournament.
For the rest of them, you can launch anywhere, but you have to be in the staging area when they do the Anthem (dang country music version with the twang, not a traditional march) and start calling numbers. You communicate with fellow boaters, and get in general groupings. You line up, have live well lids open, and then idle by the staging dock or boat. They will tell you your check-in time, and how far you have to idle before you can begin your run on the lake in question.