Denny Brauer still wins tourneys. So obviously he still fishes to win tourneys â€“ which is different than fishing to do well. Here’s what he said about that in an entry on the Strike King website:
Many tournament fishermen lose tournaments because they set themselves up to lose. They make the decision to catch a limit of bass, regardless of the size of those bass.
They believe that if they can catch their limit first, then they can search for big bass and cull the little bass with big bass. If you have this thought process, youâ€™ll often spend half the day trying to catch a limit of little bass before you even start looking for big bass, leaving you not much time to hunt for big bass.
When I leave the starting point in a tournament, I start searching for big fish immediately. Iâ€™m not worried about catching a limit, earning points for the Classic or going to the weigh-in with no fish. My sole purpose every day I fish in the tournament is to find and catch the biggest bass in the lake.
With this philosophy, I have a better chance to win a tournament because I have more time to fish for big bass than the competitors trying to catch their limits. When you employ this fishing strategy, youâ€™ll increase your odds for winning.
Man, is that ever easier said than done. And I have to say is, when I start off in the morning I’m just like Denny: I’m not worried about earning points for the Classic….
Is there anyone out there at the weekend warrior level that actually fishes this way? Let us know. We might want to talk to that guy/gal….