Your one stop source for Bass Tournament information!
Please Use Your Back Button to Return
Submit Your Article for Posting!
article made possible by:
you can catch bass, but is your head strong enough to handle the
mental roller coaster of tournament fishing? This story might make
myself sound like a whack-job, but from what I have seen these
experiences are real with many tournament anglers.
came to the conclusion that by writing an article about staying
mentally strong during a tournament I will not only educate myself,
but any others who might be dealing with the same issues.
I will briefly tell you
about specific examples I have personally experienced so you get an
idea of what types of distractions, frustrations, or any other
non-planned variables which I have dealt with. Distractions which
spark the fire of frustration can be as simple as a fly buzzing around
my head while fan-casting a slop field. Or better yet, I can become
unraveled when I am working a great stretch of hard bank because the
fish are pulled up tight and there is a pair of ducks scrambling just
ahead of me right over the fish. I just wish the freaking ducks would
let me go by or fly away. I have this theory that a bass can tell the
difference between ducks scrambling over them because something is
wrong, or just swimming around un-pressured (call me goofy, but these
are REAL things which can really bother me). Another is equipment
issues. This can be anything from my trolling motor foot switch
malfunctioning, reels acting up, a buzzbait blade not spinning
properly, or even something as simple as a swim jig running a little
sideways during my retrieve. Lastly, I actually do a pretty good job
of not letting weather bother me because I know that is something
every contestant is dealing with but this can be a trigger for others.
I know the weather is something I cannot change.
the last paragraph I mentioned these minute distractions can spark a
fire of frustration. What I mean by that is once something little
doesn’t go the way I want it to during these high pressure
situations it can have a snowball effect and quickly escalate into a
meltdown. From personal experience, it seems like if I don’t react
quickly to the small problems and correct them a snowball effect takes
over and many more bad things are soon to follow. The post-trigger bad
things are certainly a result of me not having my head in the game…a
complete lack of focus.
can I/ we do about this? Well, I am truthfully asking the same
question. Recently I have received advice which has led me to believe
that the first and foremost thing we can do is remember that we are
doing this for FUN. If you do something dumb, laugh at yourself and
call yourself a bonehead (while laughing)! Then think hard about your
next move and get your head back into the game. I also received
valuable information from a guy named Steve which quotes, “You
choose when to get mad”. I know that sounds simple or stupid, but
think about it. If I cut you off on the freeway, it's your decision
whether to let it go or to fly off the handle”.
you are experiencing situations where you are fighting a meltdown on
the front deck during a tournament, maybe you can use this story to
remind you of how we can control our reaction to unwanted issues.
Maybe right now you can do some research about how to cope with
idiots…oops, I mean un-planned issues which constantly get in our
way throughout a tournament J.