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zim man Posted - 20/06/2011 : 08:12:35
hi all was just reading this article on the junior Van dam breaking an unwritten rule amongst comp anglers in the states.


do we have any generally accepted unwritten rules like this in the aussie comp circuits? may be interesting for newbies to know especially first time boaties.
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Scales Posted - 18/11/2011 : 11:32:09
Interesting read Rob. No doubt here in the Australian tournament Bass or Bream comps it will be viewed both ways.

Not having ever fished a Bass event other than a couple electrics I can't comment too much on that side of things however I believe from mates that the Bass circuit is way less cutthroat win at all costs compared to some bream comps I've fished.

Not knowing how big the actual area is they were fishing or if it was even the same exact spot but it sounds like there wasn't much room for two boats.

If there is however it is pretty much accepted that if there is enough room for boats and the area is large and not single structure orientated then if you prefished it (not that the whole field will see you anyway) or you fished it in Day1 of the comp then if you come back day 2 for a another try knowing you'll still find fish then your pretty right. Of course I'd keep in mind as I pulled up if I saw the no1 leader near the spot I'd consult as which way they or where exactly they intend to fish.

What I think you will find is the guys that just chase down the leaders because they have no better place to go or think they can catch because the leaders did there. That is what really gets up peoples noses. It usually taken as lightly as dropping in on a bank or cutting off the leaders from hitting their spots.

That's my take but I don't do the bass circuit so can't be 100% sure as for bream its a regular occurance especially on some of the beginner entry level comps unfortunately and some high profile comps.

The bigger stuff such as the BETS GF this year the leading teams were fishing the same water and all the other finalists left them alone on day 2 to fight it out. This is how it should be done no matter the event or size.


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