If you love fishing, there comes a time when you have to take the next step to find out how your fishing skills compare to those of other anglers. The best way to go about this is to enroll for a fishing competition or tournament. Mixed reactions often characterise fishing competitions – winning and losing are the order of the day. Here are some tips to help you make your first fishing competition enjoyable.

Master the Bait Caster

You need to master the baitcasting reel to compete with seasoned anglers. A bait caster serves to give you longer distance, better control, and most importantly it offers you some leverage when it comes to getting the hogs from the slop. Bait casters can be tricky to use. Thus, it requires considerable practice to avoid bird’s nests and to improve your accuracy.

Mind Mother Nature

Change in weather can hurt your results. Weather extremes often affect the bite. On that note, it is imperative to switch lures, the mode of presentation and at times even try a different location. So if you need to realize a competitive edge over other players, stay abreast of weather forecasts and adjusts your strategies accordingly.

Know the Waters

Pre-fishing plays a huge part in improving your chances of success in a competition. It’s not only enjoyable but also helps you know where the productive areas lie. Hitting these areas during the big day goes a long way in keeping you ahead of the pack.

Keep Learning

As much as you might have been fishing for as long as you can remember, there is always something to learn. The moment you stop improving your angling skills or learning, you stop succeeding. Thus, if you are a newbie in a tournament, do not be afraid to get some tips from the veterans. Most seasoned anglers will be glad to advice new players as a way of making the tournament competitive.