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What makes you and your boat tournament ready
« on: April 04, 2022, 12:42:29 PM »
Thought I would try and spark a conversation...

I wanted to provide some help to someone I just met. They are looking to get in to tournament fishing and just purchased their first boat. We all remember when we took that leap of faith and jumped into our first tournament on our first boat.  :yes: I remember vividly having my ugly stick and flip sider tacklebox ready to go!  (giggle)  :facepalm:

Just thought it might be a good thread to talk about it as the season is kicking off very quickly.

  • What you need on your boat?
  • What you need as a angler?
  • What should you do?
  • What shouldn't you do?
  • Ramp etiquette.
  • Something you wish you knew day one, you now know.

I'll have to think about this and post a little later.  :yes:

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« Last Edit: April 04, 2022, 12:46:04 PM by Mitz »

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Re: What makes you and your boat tournament ready
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2022, 03:05:38 PM »
This is a great topic! I will jump back in a bit later and ad my thoughts on this.  :yes:
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Re: What makes you and your boat tournament ready
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2022, 09:22:35 PM »
Trying to think of how to answer this might be more tricky than the answer! :nod:

So I'm going to break it up.
What do you need on your boat?
Skipping the obvious rods and tackle and thinking about tournament specific stuff:
  • Culling System
  • Weigh-in Bag
  • Rope for launching and Docking
  • Headlamp(s) extra batteries
  • Small First Aid Kit
  • Wire Cutters - Just watched a video that said something that makes it real. Don't fish with any hooks your plyers can't cut! :hmm:
  • Small toolbox. Go around your boat and Trailer and test fit wrenches on screws and bolts. Small wiring stuff. Fuses, ducktape. ZIP TIES!!!. I am sure we could expand on this list!...
What do you need as an angler?

  • Polarized Glasses
  • Foul Weather Gear
  • TP  (giggle)
  • Patience
  • Water, sun screen, snacks. Simple stuff but a must have!


More to come...
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Re: What makes you and your boat tournament ready
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2022, 11:32:27 AM »
Needs for tournament fishing.

Life jackets for every person
Measuring board
Insurance information
Required boating gear for the states you'll be fishing. (anchors, throw cushions, safety gear) 

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Re: What makes you and your boat tournament ready
« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2022, 11:54:05 AM »
@Mitz Great list to start from!

Here are a few things that I also thought of that you might want to add. I will include links to some of them to make it easier to find them if you need them  :nod:

1 - Basic over-the-counter meds, such as Tylenol, etc. This can be invaluable for headaches, aching muscles, etc.

2 - A hook file is a necessity (at least for me). http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Dr_Slick_Hook_Sharpener_File_4/descpage-DRHF.html?from=nebass

3 - If you fish with braided line, you will need a pair of scissors.  http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Baker_Braided_Line_Scissors/descpage-BKRSCISSORS.html?from=nebass

4 - For tournaments, you will need a Golden Rule to measure your fish to make sure you're not keeping undersized bass. http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Gator_Grip_Golden_Rule_Measuring_Boards/descpage-GGRMB.html?from=nebass

5 - For your trailer, you should consider carrying a trailer lift jack to make it quick and easy to jack up your trailer in the event of a flat tire, etc. http://amzn.to/3KbbkEd

6 - Related to trailer lights, I personally have to use an adapter to plug my lights into my truck, to convert the trailer plug to the correct number of pins. So, I carry a spare adapter, in case mine fails and causes my trailer lights to stop working. Not good at night! This is a link to the one I needed. It may not be the one you need (if you need one at all), but it should help steer you in the right direction. http://amzn.to/3JbeWVy

7 - As part of your culling system, you will need good culling clips and a reliable, accurate scale. For culling clips, I personally like the Accu Cull clips because they are 100% safe for the fish, causing no harm to them whatsoever. They take a bit of getting used to in order to clip them on properly so that they don't fall off, but they are worth the extra effort, in my opinion, because they are gentle on the mouth of the bass. http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Accu_Cull_Elite_E-Con_Tags_Culling_System/descpage-ACULLEEO.html?from=nebass

For me, being organized is a key part of my fishing. It helps me to stay focused and calm because I know where everything is when I need something.

Lastly (at least for now), I make sure that I have spare stuff in the boat too.  Duplicates of lures that work well for me. Spare spools of line, etc.

I'm sure I'll think of other things later on. If I do, I will add them. This is just supplemental to what Mitz has added so far.  ;D
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Re: What makes you and your boat tournament ready
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2022, 03:25:38 PM »
What should you do?
It is hard to make this list and not make the Don't Do List... :nod:

At the Ramp
  • Be early.
  • Get your stuff ready, launch and get out of the way. ;)
  • Once launched offer to help the next boat.

On the water
  • Be respectful of other anglers and some space between boats.
  • When on motor keep space between you and others.

At the end
  • Be back on time!
  • Keep your livewell on recirculate to prevent fish loss
  • Load the boat on the trailer and park
  • Prep boat for ride home
  • Get fish ready for weigh-in
  • IMPORTANT: After Weigh-in Check everything again!

At Home (Save the next pond!)
  • Wash out livewells
  • Remove weeds from trailer
  • Lower Motor and drain water out
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Re: What makes you and your boat tournament ready
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2022, 09:09:12 AM »
Joe mentioned life jackets, which is a requirement.

By law, you will also need a throwable flotation device, such as a square floating cushion.

Also, for boating safety requirements, you will need either a working horn or a canned airhorn to keep you legal. A whistle can also be used.
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Re: What makes you and your boat tournament ready
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2022, 09:51:27 AM »
Has anyone else been boat checked and asked about Flares? It is absolutely crazy... I was checked on Johnson's Pond years back and DEM asked. They actually joked about it and didn't say anything when I didn't have them but it is required...

I still don't have them on the boat.  :hmm:

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Re: What makes you and your boat tournament ready
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2022, 10:38:02 AM »
I never got checked for flares. In fact, I think I was only checked for a license twice in over 30 years  (giggle)
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Re: What makes you and your boat tournament ready
« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2022, 01:20:45 PM »
From what i read on the State site flares are only required on coastal waters.

Fire Extinguisher however are required for any boat that has a motor!