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    My son and I have decided to enter a team bass tournament in Oklahoma. We've never fished a tournament before and we're using a 12ft Jon boat. The fish finder I have is definitely ancient technology. I'm buying a gas powered motor and a bow trolling motor. I might also buy a side scan sonar as well. Then I have to rig a live well too. Any and all advice is appreciated.

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    Ive never done a tournament either, but looks like you have everything you need.
    Good luck and have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baitwaster View Post
    Ive never done a tournament either, but looks like you have everything you need.
    Good luck and have fun!

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    I hope we don't get laughed at in our tiny boat.

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    Definitely be a memory making time for your son. While newer electronics can be an asset in certain situations. it is also expensive. A good topo map, with the contour lines of the lake you are fishing, along with your older depth finder can should be proficient. You want to match the hatch or bait(color and size) the bass are feeding on at this time of year in your location. Check with locals on what lures others are having success with right now. A small outboard and hand held trolling motor will be a good investment for the tournament as well as for future outings. The first and foremost preparation is you and your son’s safety. I have fished many dozens of hours in a 12ft. aluminum Jon boat powered by a 30-45 ft.lb. trolling motor. A very good PFD for each of you. Weight and weight distribution is critical in safe operation of your vessel. Be aware of your freeboard in determining your setup. Typically in these small craft it wise travel and fish in close proximity to the shoreline and resist crossing big or deep water. Wind, waves, and wakes can be hazardous. Being aware of these conditions as well as incoming weather can make all the difference in the world. Check all of the rules of the tournament (I.e. some have minimum boat size restrictions, etc.). Good luck on your first tournament and don’t worry about others laughing. Catching more fish than they do will quiet them right down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpeckledSlab View Post
    Definitely be a memory making time for your son. While newer electronics can be an asset in certain situations. it is also expensive. A good topo map, with the contour lines of the lake you are fishing, along with your older depth finder can should be proficient. You want to match the hatch or bait(color and size) the bass are feeding on at this time of year in your location. Check with locals on what lures others are having success with right now. A small outboard and hand held trolling motor will be a good investment for the tournament as well as for future outings. The first and foremost preparation is you and your son’s safety. I have fished many dozens of hours in a 12’ aluminum Jon boat powered by a 30-45 ft.lb. trolling motor. A very good PFD for each of you. Weight and weight distribution is critical in safe operation of your vessel. Be aware of your freeboard in determining your setup. Typically in these small craft it wise travel and fish in close proximity to the shoreline and resist crossing big or deep water. Wind, waves, and wakes can be hazardous. Being aware of these conditions as well as incoming weather can make all the difference in the world. Check all of the rules of the tournament (I.e. some have minimum boat size restrictions, etc.). Good luck on your first tournament and don’t worry about others laughing. Catching more fish than they do will quiet them right down.
    My son is so excited. He's 18 and a senior in high school. I agree that safety is number one. My sonar is a humminbird but still works great. I've always wanted to fish tournament's and I'm not getting any younger so it's time to do it. Thanks for all of the advice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rramos78382 View Post
    I hope we don't get laughed at in our tiny boat.

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    I'm pretty sure your going to get laughed at no matter what, unless you place high. I say this as I have a bigger boat with all the electronics etc. I'd probably return for the weigh in empty handed and get laughed at too. Sometimes its ok, just remember to laugh at yourself and have a good time.
    (there might be guys with 2nd or 3rd mortgages to pay for their set up and probably not catch anymore fish (that's who I laugh at)).
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    I'll never take a loan out for a boat. I'm just there to spend the say with my son and have fun. I've got to start somewhere.

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