Apr 18, 2012, 9:17 PM EDT
One of the most frequent questions I get is from beginning anglers is that they want to know the best way to learn about bass fishing and get into tournament bass fishing. I always respond the same way, the first and best step in my mind is to join a local bass fishing club. There is no better way to accelerate your bass fishing knowledge then a couple seasons in a good bass club.
Not all bass clubs are created equal, so here are some things I think you should look for in a club.
- Find a club that draws out new partners for every tournament, you want to get a chance to fish 5-10 different anglers so you can learn from them all during a season.
- A good club should fish a variety of waters, the more different lakes and rivers you fish, the more you will learn.
- Finally, if you can find a club that is affiliated with your state’s Bass Federation, even better, you will get a lot of benefits and discounts, plus you will have the opportunity to qualify for state and regional tournaments which are great stepping stones to big time tournaments.
That is where I cut my bass fishing teeth and I still try to fish Gopher Bassmaters events when I can. Don’t believe me; anglers like Denny Brauer and Mike Iaconelli have strong federation backgrounds as well.
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