By Grayson Fong
PREFISHING AND RESEARCH
This is the second part to our series on Bream Tournament fishing which looks at a valuable tool for your first or next tournament and that is Prefishing and Research. Imagine going into a 10km running race, emotion, ego, adrenalin will only get you through maybe the first 2km but the rest is requires a little training or you will see old an old grandma pass you at the 8km mark!! Same with tournaments, your first few favourite spots will only get you a certain way, then pre fishing and research comes into play.
WHAT IS ‘PREFISHING’
Prefishing is a term used by tournament anglers as a day to get off the couch, leave the household chores behind and go fishing with your Best Fishing Buddy (BFB) for the morning. As it ticks all the boxes as a great day on the water it can be used to prepare you for your first tournament. Not only are you out there to test out your latest purchases but you can use this time to take mental notes on when, what and how you caught bream.
‘When’ – tide time, actual time
‘What’ – What structure were you fishing (weed beds, rubble flats, deep bommies, boat hulls etc)
‘How’ – what lure, what rod, what line??
All these things are key elements to prepare you for tournament fishing.
Some of the best bream anglers in Australia possess a great ability for fishing recall and it all comes down to fishing time. So next time you go fishing, have a think about both you and your BFB’s catches as this can be a valuable tool for future expeditions.
The best way to research for your first tournament is to spend time in that arena. ‘Having the time’ is a huge factor to this practice and is not always achievable because of work commitments, family time or even distance so its good to use other ways to research an arena and that’s as simple as the internet!! Fishing blogs, websites(like the one you are on now!!), Facebook or any form of social media is a good way to gain some heads up on an area. Don’t be afraid to email sponsored anglers as they are just guys like you and me and are usually more than happy to give advice and helpful tips.
The next is use Google Earth. Probably man’s best invention since the thong stubby opener and is a valuable tool to anglers worldwide. It allows you the opportunity to see structure from a bird’s eye view. Check out bridges, pontoons, rubble flats, weed beds, rock bars and even pub locations for a pre tournament social meeting so again Google Earth is a must see as it’s ticking all boxes.
Armed with a few of these tricks in mind can prepare you for your first or next bream tournament and may even fill quite a nice bag of bream for your team!!