I participated last year, but since I actually have a job (and one that requires I work half of my calendar's weekends) I was consistently up against people with more time on the water.
I won't bemoan my lack of catches, that's not sporting. However, I definitely felt that the year long contest made me feel worse about my limited fishing time to the point where I felt pressured to catch something every time I went out.
Needless to say, I will not be participating this year. I'll do a few one-day tournaments instead.
I work weekends and have a job with a family .What does working a weekend have anything to do with it . I myself would rather fish during the week anyway. I to would like catch more fish and have a better standing in the kayak wars but would also like to catch fish every time I go out. Guess what thats why they call it fishing.
i believe the concern is that many of the top teams and anglers are actually guides who fish several days a week, or er weekend
. if you have competed in past years, you are aware that it is totally a numbers game. the more you fish, the more you catch the more points you achieve. this particular series is set up for guides, captains and those who fish several days a week to trounce the weekend--or weekday, angler. the disparity in points from the top positions down reveals this as obvious. even more so, with several years behind them, more and more guides are realizing this and creating teams of just the guides themselves. i have talked to several in the business and this is what they are doing this year. you get a team of 5 guides from a couple of different areas, who each specialize in inshore, offshore etc, and you are going to see a SE team with 25,000 points this year. in perspective, a team of guys who fish a couple of days a month each, will likely be at a whopping 3,000 points.
with that noted and filed, i'll probably fishing the series this year. i expect i'll be more in the 3,000 point category.