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When You’re Itching to Wet a Line: Where to Find Local Fishing Tournaments for First Time Anglers

Do you love recreational fishing, but want to get a feel for what it might be like to fish competitively? How about finding and entering one of the best fishing tournaments near you? Local fishing tournaments can be a great way to meet other anglers, raise money for charity, or just find out if future fishing contests and competitions might be of interest to you.

Best Fishing Tournaments Near You

There are many different types of fishing tournaments that you can consider participating in. While some may be invite only or may have a cap on the number of participants, you can almost always find one that would be a good fit depending on the type of fishing experience you have. You can find a list of the best fishing tournaments near you by searching online, checking local fishing magazines, and listening to your local fishing radio show.

Charity Tournaments

Charity fishing tournaments donate a percentage of the entry fees to benefit a specific charity. If there is a cause that’s important to you, there may be a fishing tournament near you that gives back to this cause. For example, there is a tournament that is held near Fort Myers Beach, FL every year called the Grouper Grapple that uses the proceeds from the event to fund program activities aimed at supporting combat wounded veterans and their families. If you do a search online for “charity fishing tournaments” and include your city or state, you should be able to find an event in your local area.

Fishing Tournaments

Fun Tournaments or Fishing Clinics

You can often find fun fishing tournaments or local fishing clinics that are geared toward families. These types of events are designed to be fun and aren’t intended to be highly competitive. Many fun tournaments and fishing clinics are created as an opportunity to get younger generations excited about fishing while teaching them the value of fisheries conservation.

Local Bass Fishing Tournaments

Most local bass clubs hold fishing tournaments on a regular basis with other bass clubs in the same region or area. If you want to know how to get started in bass tournaments, connect with a bass club in your area and contact the tournament director. Some clubs may require you to be member in order to fish a club tournament, but many clubs also hold open tournaments that non-members can enter.

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