Big-game fishing which is sometimes called offshore fishing or referred to as offshore game fishing is a form of recreational fishing and game fishing is also for competition. Game fishes are usually large bony fishes, such as the peacock bass, and largemouth bass.
The bass fish family has large mouths, brush-like of bristle like teeth. They have one or two dorsal fins, the first always composed of spiny rays. They have an anal fin, which always has three spines, and their scales are adherent and rough.
If you are planning to join a tournament, there are several things you should keep in mind to be a successful sport angler.
Catch-and-release is required by most tournaments, so make sure to take care of the fish you keep until the weigh-in. When the path down Sportsmanship Lane leads anglers into the noble age of catch-and-release fishing, anglers took pride in the fact that it was an admirable commitment to put back what they could have taken. This is not very hard to do if you follow a few simple steps.
You must not handle the fish you caught with dry hands. If you remove the protective slime coating, the bass is open to diseases and fungus. Always make sure your hands are wet before touching the fish and restrict your hold onto the fish’s head and jaw. This means keeping your hands off the gills. After weighing the bass, put it immediately back in the water. It is also good to support the fish with your other hand by holding it in the tail to avoid broken jaws.
Winning a Tournament and Tournament Strategy
Bass sport fishing is an emotional sport. Anglers are often passionate about fishing and their competition, especially those who enter bass tournaments regularly. This passion will also cause the competitors to undergo a wide array of mental emotions from pure elation to total frustration. If the angler’s emotions become unchecked, this can hinder an angler’s ability to win a tournament.
The angler has a greater chance of winning the tournament if he controls his emotions better than the angler in psychological turmoil. Recognizing the problem is the best way to gain control of his emotions.
Fishing tournaments in many ways is a mirror image of the planning used for any fishing trip, except there is a lot more intensity. It is also important to keep in mind that you should not only focus on the challenge of catching bass but also on how will your performance stack up on a given day with other very serious anglers. To do this, you should establish priorities that emphasize certain facts of fishing strategy that you will need to follow.
Bass fishing also has some science in it. Logging information like the time of year, water temperature, the wind, type of baits, even the time of day and the condition of the sky is needed to improve the angler’s chance of catching bass. An angler should also make a mental note of where, when, and how he caught the bass.
To be successful and avoid frustrations always asks yourself before you enter a tournament: what do I know about the lake? A good map is an excellent starting point or a good topographical map if you can get one is even better. If you know a friend who fishes the lake then use that as a resource. If not, ask a local guide about the status of bass fishing in the area if the tournament rules permit.
Finding out about the lake level, the clarity of the lake, lake temperature and vegetation is a very useful guide to successfully catch bass and help you win the tournament.
You should also be sure that you have all the necessary equipment for the tournament. Some of the most common mistakes an angler makes are not sharpening hooks, not putting on the fresh line, not making sure the lures you want to fish are readily organized. All these should be done the night before the competition to avoid panic and frustration.
With careful planning, proper use of equipment, and the correct selection of areas to fish will assure that you will have a successful tournament fishing. In addition, you will need a little luck.