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Sorry if this is a question that has been answered many times over on this board but....
What is the best way to get started tourney fishing?
Do I try to hook (bad pun) up with another fisherman who is more seasoned?
I fish 2-3 times a week as it is and I've always wanted to try a tournament.
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Do you own a boat? Do you have a partner? Are you looking for a weekend series or weekday? Where do you live and how far are you willing to travel?

If you don't have a partner and your looking for a weekend series, I recomend the American Bass Anglers Trail. We have room for both boaters and non-boaters. The ABA gives away over 300,000 in prizes at our national event. The ABA also gives away 3 TR21 Triton Bass Boats for year end prizes. It is an awsome trail with a bunch of friendly guys
Best way to start out is to join a club for the price of one open tournament you can join a club for a year. As a member of a club you will find you can learn a lot for less and your buddy's in the club will be more willing to help you when your just fishing for a trophy or bragging rights, this will also give you the chance to find other anglers to partner up with for opens. Tournaments require a different attitude and equipment then your average day on the lake and there's no since spending big money when you can learn much more for a lot less.

There are plenty of clubs out there but we need to know a few things;

Do you own a boat? If so how big is it?
What area do you live in?
Would you like to fish inland lakes only or big water only or both?
I agree with Roy. The best way to start is to join a bass club. That way you can see whether you enjoy the experience without having to shell out a lot of money.

There are many clubs in the Detroit area and each one has a different way of doing things. Some of the clubs hold tournaments for as little as $5.00 a pop and fish for trophies. Some have a little larger entry fee and fish for money. The Michigan BASS Chapter Federation has over 50 affliated clubs. I'm sure that at least one of them would suit your interests. If you have more specific questions or would like to be put in touch with a couple of clubs, feel free to e-mail me and I'll do what I can to help.
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