Practicing for a Tournament

When practicing for a tournament, the goal is not to catch a bunch of fish. Sometimes you will hook some of them and sometimes you need to hook some, but it’s really all about risk v. reward. In other words, if you have to drive thirty miles to fish a spot you probably need to catch a few to see if they are big enough to make it worth it, but if it’s a spot close to take off and you know you will fish it no matter what, maybe you should shake that bite off. I talk to anglers before every tournament, many of whom catch a lot of big fish in practice. But really, who cares who wins practice. My advice is to shake off as many as you can, and then your patterns have a better chance of holding up for the tournament. Good luck out there.