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an angler is getting ready the night before a tournament, they are
making sure they have fresh line on their reels, their hooks are sharp
and everything is tied on their rods.
But an aspect of tournament preparation that is sometimes left
by the weigh side is mentally preparing yourself.
I am talking about establishing a plan for the next tournament
my partner and I were fishing a local team tournament on the
my partner and I both agreed on that by noon if we didnít have a
limit that we were going to lock back down to finish out our limit,
which would help us gain valuable points for the standings.
If we did have our limit, we were going to stay on the upper
pool until we had to lock back down so we would be able to check in on
day came and the bite was tougher than practice and after fishing hard
all morning, by noon we had only two keepers in the box.
So as we had planned, we locked back down at noon and were
fishing again by 12:30, this left us with 2.5 hours till check in.
In those 2.5 hours, we were able to hit some areas that had
fish on them previously in practice and eventually we got four fish to
fill out our limit which weighed 13.91 lb.
plan we had set the night before had paid off for us.
By having a plan and establishing a time frame, we were able to
effectively devote time to certain areas that we wanted to fish.
The two goals I had when establishing this plan was that, a)
getting our limit was of vital importance and b) I wanted to stay on
the upper pool as long as we could.
when creating your own tournament plan, you first must establish your
goals for that specific tournament.
These goals will change based on the tournament, condition, and
if there are points that are of importance to you.
next area that needs to be taken into consideration is you must be
realistic with your plan. I
knew that I needed to set aside 2-3 hours to lock back down and get a
limit. It wouldíve been
unrealistic for me to say I can have a limit in an hour and lock down
in a half an hour.
you have created a plan, you must stick to it.
As the time was approaching noon in the tournament, I told my
partner that if we didnít produce at this next spot we were locking
back down. This was
extremely important because it got us down to the lock and back down a
pool in the appropriate time frame.
you do not stick to your plan, then you will feel rushed when the time
comes to leave an area, lock, etc.
Trying to remain calm is of vital importance during a
tournament, because if you are rushed or distracted with details, then
your fishing abilities will suffer.
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