Do you love recreational fishing but want to get a feel for what it could be like to fish competitively? How about finding and participating in one of the best fishing tournaments near you? Local fishing tournaments can be a great way to meet fellow anglers, raise funds for charity, or just find out if future fishing competitions and competitions may be of interest to you.
Best fishing tournaments near you
There are many different types of fishing tournaments that you can participate in. Some may only be invited or have a maximum number of participants, but you can almost always find one that fits well depending on the type of fishing experience you have. You can find a list of the best fishing tournaments near you by searching online, checking local fishing magazines, and listening to your local fishing radio show.
Charity Fishing Tournaments donate a percentage of the entry fee to a specific charity. If there is one thing that matters to you, there may be a fishing tournament near you that gives back to that cause. For example, every year there is a tournament near Fort Myers Beach, FL called Grouper Grapple that uses the proceeds of the event to fund program activities in support of injured veterans and their families. If you search for “charity fishing tournaments” online and include your city or state, you should be able to find an event near you.
Fun tournaments or fishing clinics
You can often find fun fishing tournaments or local fishing clinics aimed at families. These types of events are supposed to be fun and not very competitive. Many fun tournaments and fishing clinics provide an opportunity to get younger generations excited about fishing and teach them the value of protecting fishing.
Local bass fishing tournaments
Most local bass clubs regularly hold bass fishing tournaments with other bass clubs in the same region or region. If you want to know how to get started with bass tournaments, contact a bass club near you and contact the tournament director. Some clubs may require you to be a member in order to fish a club tournament. However, many clubs also run open tournaments that non-members can participate in.
What if you don’t have a motorboat and still want to take part in a fishing tournament? Do not worry; There are tournaments that non-boaters and kayak anglers can participate in. In fact, there are many bass fishing tournaments that fellow anglers or non-boaters can participate in. These types of events generally combine a non-boater with a boater to allow the non-boater to gain more experience with tournament fishing.
Learning to participate in fishing tournaments does not take much time. Make sure you have a valid fishing license, fill out a registration form (either online or on paper) and send your registration form to the tournament organizers along with your entry fee. Don’t forget to read a copy of the tournament rules or ask if a tournament meeting will be held before the day of the event to review the rules and guidelines.
Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, advocate of sport fishing for women, IGFA world record holder and freshwater guide in southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has been featured in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit shefishes2.com or follow her on Instagram @ shefishes2.