How To Place In The Standings To Bring Home The Local Cash!
You love to Bass fish and think “Wouldn’t it be nice to bring home some money fishing these tournaments I’m entering.”
Instead of just thinking about it why not go for it and win some money on a consistent basis, that’s what Jim Gildea did.
In one year he fished 30 tournaments and made money in 27 of them.
Putting in the practice and getting the patterns of the lakes your fishing has to be one of the best pieces of advice he gives.
Years of experience has paid off for him and he’s put that knowledge into winning himself some extra cash and having fun doing it.
Jim is an avid fisherman and loves to share what he knows and help others.
Here are some key points he feels help him cash a check from fishing local Bass Tournaments.
Other Tournament Tips You May Like:
1. Focus on one body of water
If you are like most people, you have limited time. Pick one or two lakes (ideally they are similar if you pick two) that suit your style. Learn how to fish the lake and follow it through the seasons. The more tournaments you fish on it, the better you learn it, and the more you refine your technique. Pick one close to your house so you can get there as often as possible, and try to learn something new every time you go – even if you only have an hour to fish.
2. Fish a Trail
Tournament trails take you to different lakes, so you are not always seeing the same “local experts” each time. Ideally, your “focus lake” will be on the circuit, so you’ll cash in that one, but on the other lakes you won’t have to worry about all the local studs showing up, because they aren’t fishing the trail.
3. Ignore everyone’s opinion
I like to finesse fish and I’m pretty good at it (actually it’s all I’m good at). I’m probably the only guy in history to win an Eastern Divisional with 46 pounds over three days in grass using 6 pound test. For years I heard over and over how I had to learn to throw a jig or a spinnerbait or I would never be “really good”. Once I started focusing on what I was good at, I started to finish in the money all the time. Sure, I can’t be a pro fisherman with one style, but I can win a lot locally.
4. Keep a log
I have detailed records going back ten years on all my local lakes. I can tell you what the fish were doing on these lakes month by month for a decade. This is a huge advantage, since you know what it takes to cash a check.
All my fishing buddies tell me, “I can remember that stuff, I don’t need to keep a log.” But I can look back and tell them exactly what the water temp needs to be for the fish to show up in certain coves.
Rick Clunn once said keeping a fishing log was the single best thing he ever did to improve his fishing. It forces you to see the patterns that otherwise elude you.
5. Master a single technique
If you want to do well locally, you should learn to do one thing really well. Versatility is much more important for the traveling pro who has to fish lots of different lakes. Also, they are fishing against the best in the world.
Since we have a lot of clear water where I live, I fish weightless plastics in the spring and drop shot in the summer and fall. If I lived in Tennessee, I would probably throw the shaky head a lot since it works most of the year, and it seems like you could always get a decent limit on it, no matter how tough the bite.
My friend always says, “Beware the guy with one rod on the deck.” I go one better. I often have only two rods in the entire boat, and one is just a backup. I joke at lot at the ramp, “Well, I have to get going and get all my rod rigged up!”
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