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Check out local fishing tournaments

There are many reasons to fish. Stress relief, fun, or the challenge are some of the most popular reasons. Some anglers even enjoy a fishing competition.

There are hundreds of fishing tournaments across the country. To find the best fishing tournaments near you, start by doing an internet search by region, method, or type. Even the smallest local fishing tournaments may have a website that lists rules, sponsors, and more. Also, keep an eye out for ads in your local newspaper or post the question on social media.

In many fishing tournaments, anglers compete against each other on a boat. This is an easy way to restrict anglers to the same fishing area. But you don’t always have to own a 70 mph bass boat. There are local fishing tournaments for all types of watercraft such as kayaks, johnboats, and even swim tubes.

Bass fishing tournaments are very popular, but you can also find tournaments for crappie, pikeperch, or trout. The Field and Stream Catfish Classic is a large annual event near Pittsburgh, PA. Most anglers run to their spots in heavy aluminum river boats, but competitions can also fish here from the bank.

Most tournaments support catching and releasing. Bass and catfish tournament anglers usually have boats with live wells so the fish can be weighed and then quickly put back into the water. The Kayak Anglers Fishing Club uses a format in which fish are photographed with a digital camera on a measuring board along with the date and angler ID number. The fish are then released immediately and the winner is determined by reaching a maximum total length.

If you are interested in a local fishing tournament, attend a weigh-in or a local bass club get-together to make sure it suits you best. A portion of the tournament money also supports other causes such as environmental protection efforts or charities. Whatever the best fishing tournament near you, you must have a valid fishing license and boat registration.

Andy Whitcomb

Andy is an outdoor writer (http://www.justkeepreeling.com/) and stressed out dad has contributed over 380 blogs to takemefishing.org since 2011. Born in Florida but raised on the banks of farm ponds in Oklahoma, he now hunts pike, small bass and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fishery research technician at OSU, in the US state of Iowa and in the US state of Michigan.

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