Tournament Angling isn’t for everyone and you don’t have to be the greatest fisherman to be a tournament angler. These days there are many types of tournaments from Offshore, to Inland Freshwater Dams. Some tournaments are run for individual anglers and some cater towards families and teams.
There are many parts that I love about Tournament Angling and here are some of them:
1. The competitive challenge it offers to find and catch a full bag of fish. Whether it be 5 bream in a boating tournament, 3 or 4 bream in a kayak tournament, or 2 bass in a bass tournament.
2. The people and friends you meet at each tournament and throughout a tournament season for me have become life-long friends.
3. The knowledge you gain while fishing and talking to other competitors can be invaluable and have you putting more fish in the live well.
4. The opportunities that can come from fishing tournaments like sponsorships. E.g. I’ve been fortunate enough to be sponsored by one of the biggest names in the business, Frogleys Offshore and without them my tournament career would not be where it is today.
5. The chance and accolades that can come from fishing a tournament like the prize money and media exposure.
6. The locations I get to fish that I wouldn’t normally get the chance or time to otherwise; from the local waterways to travelling interstate.
7. It also gives me an excuse to get out of the house and gives me some free time where I don’t have to think about work or family.
I’m always learning new things when I’m out fishing, whether it be in a tournament or just out for a social fish. As an angler with work and family commitments I find it very hard to fish whenever I want to, but that doesn’t stop me reading and watching Fishing shows to help me improve my skills as a passionate angler.