How to Prepare for an Offshore Fishing Tournament

If you’re getting ready to compete in your first offshore fishing tournament, congratulations! There’s nothing quite like the thrill of sport fishing and you’ll likely become addicted to the excitement. While we’re sure you already have your technique down and your gear ready to go, there are a few things you can do to ensure you’re prepared for your first sport fishing tournament. Learn what you need to know, below.

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Keep these tips in mind during your next offshore fishing tournament.

Dress right

Without a doubt, one of the most important things to consider on the day of your tournament is the weather. Even if the forecast says you’re looking at perfectly sunny skies, it will still pay off to be prepared in case a storm rolls in. There’s nothing worse than getting caught up in a storm when you didn’t wear the right clothes, so always be sure to pack some rain gear, an extra change of clothes, and a good sun hat.

Check your boat

Once the tournament has started, you need to be able to focus on one thing and one thing only: Fishing. You shouldn’t have to worry about whether or not you’ll have enough gas to get home or whether you remembered to check the engine before you set out for the day. By creating a thorough pre-tournament checklist that outlines all of the boat preparations you should make before the tournament begins, you’ll be able to focus all of your attention on catching a winner. Be sure to include elements such as testing all electronic equipment on your list in addition to more basic concerns like checking your fluid levels.

Inspect your equipment

Just as you need to make sure your boat is in good working order before you hit the water, your rods and reels should receive the same attention. Be sure to carefully check your guides, lines, and leaders and test and set your drags. By checking all of your outfits carefully before you take off, you’ll be better prepared to come home from your first tournament a winner!


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