1. Start small. If you are new to fishing, you will want to fish local ponds, rivers, lakes or streams with which you are familiar. You need to learn the basic elements of fishing such as how to tie a lure and bait a hook. You can only do this through practice.
- Certain species like certain baits. Don't fall into the trap of using catfish baits on bass, for example. There are thousands of manufacturers that make a wide variety of bass baits. Even the same bait in a slightly different color pattern can make all the difference.
- Many fishermen make the mistake of not understanding the importance of fishing line selection. Don't skimp on quality for a cheaper price.
- you will need some small tournament wins in order to qualify for the top dollar tournaments.
- You will learn from more experienced tournament contestants and this knowledge will eventually give you an edge in your future career endeavors
- You will have to win many local tournaments, and at least one major, to get the lucrative endorsements from the major brands and outlets. The more tournaments you win, the more the local shops will be willing to endorse you as well.
Don't skimp on the equipment. If you cannot afford high quality equipment, save your money until you can afford it. Cheap, low quality equipment will only get you frustrated. You cannot catch fish if your line, rod or reel breaks. You cannot catch fish if you are repairing equipment.
Professional fishermen aren't above the law. No matter where you are, you must know the local and state fishing regulations. You must have a license in most cases. Most tournament fish have a legal minimum size limit, maximum bag limit and method of catching.