I am going to discuss the pro's and con's of tournament fishing under this thread. Is tournament fishing for everyone, yes and no. If you have never fished a tournament it is something you should try. If you have never fished one I would advise you to team up with someone that has fished one before. When you start out this endeavor, you should consentrate on time management, which can be your friend or enemy. Then go out with your partner and do what you normally do when you go out fishing for fun. School time begins at the weighin, observe what others have caught, their size and numbers. Talk to the fishermen at the weighin about what kind of bait they used, what technique they used, etc. After the fish are weighed, most fisherman are glad to talk to you about their catch and how they went about it, all you have to do is ask. Most will even tell you what section of the lake they caught their fish, reason being, they most likely will not be there is a day or two or when they have a tournament at that location again. Then there are some that will not tell you anything, that is their right, but overall you will find that most will answer your questions. Also, always go to the weighin regardless of the size of your catch. I have seen real good catfishermen come to the scales with their catch in a six pack cooler or small bucket. That shows everyone that you gave it your best and that is what it is all about. Most tournaments give away door prizes at the weighin and these items include, cast nets, reels, hooks, etc. In some cases the prize can equal the value of your entrance fee. The only reason I can think of why someone should not try tournament fishing is if the do, the expense of it would put a hardship on their family. Whether you win, place or come in last, each tournament you fish, you should learn something from it and this will build up your confidence . Another major plus is the friendship that you can develop among those that you fish against. At a later date I will discuss more things about tournament fishing, the highs and the lows and how you can best handle this factor.