How to Get into Tournament Fishing This article is brought to you and written by Eddie Jenkins the owner of Ingleside Fishing Charters he is a fishing guide in Rockport Texas and also a fishing guide in Port Aransas Texas. For more information about his fishing charter company or background visit his website http://inglesidefishingcharter.com . How to get started Ok folks I get asked all the time by...
Many people are not aware of this, but most people, who spend hours and days, even, waiting for the fish to bite, are not doing this for the fish, not at all. In fact, most of the people who fish are not aware of this, too, as Henry Thoreau famously phrased it. Of course, fishing is as old as man is and fish was and still is a valuable resource, a staple food in many countries. But, the act of catching...
Ok folks I get asked all the time by clients how one goes about getting started in tournament fishing and how I got into it. While everyone has different answers they all have a common theme and that is to fishing local amateur tournaments or be on a 2 man team and learn as much as you can from your pro partner and go from there.
Whether you’re into bass fishing or the saltwater series odds are you won’t have to go far to find your first tournament. Most small towns near a body of water have local tournaments sponsored by the city or local businesses. You may also have a nationwide tournament making a stop in your area. Local tournaments are the best to get started in because it’s the water you have fished most and the cost to get there is the lowest without travel bills and sleeping arrangements. For your first tournament make sure you join one where someone else is permitted to run the boat so you can spent more time learning from your pro partner.
Don’t Jump In Cold Water
Your main goal is to soak up as much information as possible from the pro you are fishing with placing in the tournament is a bonus at this point. It is very similar to hiring a fishing guide to learn the techniques instead of limiting out but normally much cheaper. You need to make sure you plan ahead and communicate with your partner ask him what patterns he will be using and which tackle so you can bring some slightly different equipment. You will not want to copy his technique on this trip as often the fish will eat something that is presented differently so you want to work your lure slightly different to increase success but you want to remember how he is approaching it for future use.
As a new or amateur tournament angler you will soon become aware of the mental aspect of the sport. While it is great to know what you are doing as far as using the equipment proficiently you need to learn how the pro picked the locations based on weather, season and tide patterns. The most important mental aspect of tournament fishing is being confident in the decisions you made leading up to the tournament and not wasting time second guessing yourself.
If you would like to get out on the water and spend some time doing hands on learning in the Texas saltwater bays our fishing charter company specializes in learning and teaching fishing trips. We will teach you as much as we can during your fishing trip and help you tighten up your fishing game.
Posted by Ruth Brown on May 10, 2016 in Fishing | Comments Off on Psychological Advantages Of Fishing
Many people are not aware of this, but most people, who spend hours and days, even, waiting for the fish to bite, are not doing this for the fish, not at all. In fact, most of the people who fish are not aware of this, too, as Henry Thoreau famously phrased it. Of course, fishing is as old as man is and fish was and still is a valuable resource, a staple food in many countries. But, the act of catching fish is now industrialized and brought to a much greater scale compared to past centuries. Just like any other industry, the act of fishing in modern times is calculated, rationalized, machine-driven and cold and the fish is seen as a product, just like any other. On the other hand, the fisherman of the old, armed with a mere wooden stick, a piece of string and a steel hook, was the primordial hunter, just like the one armed with a bow and arrow stalking a deer or a boar, driven by the need in his stomach and the stomachs of his family members.
The modern man managed to remove this need to catch one’s food, but modernity is not able to reproduce that feeling of being in nature and becoming a part of your surroundings.
The most important thing is to spend time outdoors, enjoying the beautiful nature and peace that you are not able to find in the city.
Being in a boat in the center of the lake is simply priceless. No money in the world can replace this feeling. Offshore fishing is especially wonderful because it provides you a complete oasis of peace. The only thing you should pay attention to is your equipment. Your boat has to be seaworthy. Safe equipment is very important for this kind of fishing.
There are many ways fishing brings positive effects to mental health, both for completely mentally healthy persons, who seek relaxation, stress relief and peaceful surrounding, and for persons who have been diagnosed with a certain mental health problem. Fishing is a great way to relax, to get away from stress, to achieve a calm mind and to connect with nature. The positive therapeutic effects of fishing are confirmed in many studies. Whether it is a hobby for those who just seek a way out of the daily stress inducers, or a therapy for a more serious mental health issue, fishing has many positive effects.
Fishing is also a great therapeutic tool for people who suffered physical injury and, as a consequence, a form of psychological damages, too. For example, it has been shown that fishing is a great therapy for victims of stroke who had excellent benefits during the recovery process.
Also, people who suffer from depression, have trouble dealing with retirement and aging or have suffered a form of disability have also benefited from fishing.
There have been numerous studies showing positive effects of fishing for the overall health and well-being if the persons involved in the study.
Also, it has been shown that fishing is a great therapeutic aid for war veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The study which involved many war veterans with PTSD, but with other mental health issues as a result of brain trauma (like depression, for instance), has shown that fishing has a myriad of positive effects: it significantly decreases negative emotions like hostility, guilt, fear and sadness, it increases levels of self-assuredness, jovialness, and serenity, and it lowers the stress levels greatly.
Whatever the reason is, whether stress relief or therapy, fishing is, without a doubt a great way to benefit your mental health.
Posted by Ruth Brown on Apr 18, 2016 in Fishing | Comments Off on Things To Know Before Heading For Offshore Fishing
Offshore fishing means that you are leaving the safety and sure-footedness of solid land. You are venturing into the open sea and just like you would prepare for sea voyage, so should you prepare for this type of fishing. The one obvious thing that you must check and countercheck is whether the weather will be favorable. Here are some of the things that you must consider before starting on your exciting open sea journey.
The boat must be seaworthy. Your boat is supposed to go to an escapade and then return with the spoils of the day. It should be a matter of taking chances with your lives or your boat. In order to ensure that your boat is seaworthy remember that external factors such as storms are more determinant that the actual state of the boat. Remember that even big ships sink when combated by strong storms. You need to read the forecasts well and ensure that your boat is well accessorized with items such as bilge pump.
Prepare well with the best fishing tools and accessories. You must have adequate live bait. When hooked, the line should be flexible such that it can swing several hundred meters under water. This is to show the fish that the bait is not hostage to a string. The rod should be steady as you come towards the butt. You need to have several rods, reels, and lines. The other tools that come in handy include gaffs, pliers, and of course the bait.
Bait is one of the most important components of a fishing journey. You will need to consider carrying live as well as dead bait. The dead bait can range from sardines to cigar minnows. At times, all you need in as far as baits go is a little bit of imagination. When baiting, remember that some of the sea creatures have teeth as sharp as a razor and can easily shred your dear line in seconds. When it comes to baits that are live, you can pass by your local fishermen’s camp where they sell. However, you can try your luck and see whether you can catch your very own baits along the way to the major hunt. As an angler, you need to know that bait can only last for so many minutes or hours. So it is important to carry an adequate number.
Proper clothing is something that you must also work on. Heavy warm clothing is important. This is especially so because out in the open sea the temperatures can be 20 degrees lower than inland. Carry layers of clothing to cater for the cold times. You also need to carry shorts, vests and any light clothing for when the sun is up. Don’t forget to include hoodies as it rains a lot more than inland. Also include sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, and towels.
It is prudent to exclude some things, however. Don’t carry drugs, weapons or even fireworks. You never know when you might encounter coast guard. After all, these are also illegal items inland.