I have entered alot of tournaments, mostly I have an excuse to go fishing and its a big reunion of my friends.
Things I have learned
1. Just because I like a certain style to catch fish, does not mean it will work. I enjoy sight casting to reds, but most of the time we don't see Redfish.
2. Being local is not a big advantage. I won the contest in Matagorda, never fished there before but some good advice put me in the right direction and I just paddled till I caught some fish. Next leg of the tournement was in Rockport, I got skunked.
3. Catching Reds and trout in the same place is not easy. I know places to go for Reds and other spots for Trout, but not really for both.
4. Catching fish, good fish is not that easy. Can you do it on a particular day? Sometimes the conditions are not on your side (wind, rain, thunderstorms, water clarity, or the dinner bell for fish is broken).
5. To relocate takes alot of time and effort as sometimes the prime fishing hours are limited.
6. Most of all, do not put pressure on yourself. One sure way of not catching fish is to press, worry about losing fish, or anxiety.
7. Stuff happens, its fishing. When you think about the one that got away, I realized it happens to everyone. There is always a story or something went wrong. On the other hand, sometimes it all falls in your lap. That is what makes fishing so cool. You never know.
8. Don't give up, keep something in the water, popping corks catch good fish, and fish till the last moment. I have enjoyed every tournament entered because thats the way I want it. I don't have time for arguing or finger pointing. No sense getting upset on something I enjoy so much.
The day I don't get excited to go fishing, is the day I don't go fishing anymore.
I came up with my own advice that might make sense. "I am wise, what that means is I have already screwed up so you don't have to". Now that I think more of this point I must be really wise