There are a number of things that make competing in MRA tournaments rewarding. For me, the best of these things is the team format. My first two seasons fishing MRA tournaments were 2010 and 2011. For those two seasons my son was my tournament partner. After more than 40 years as a dedicated fisherman, I had never fished in a tournament prior to 2010. My son, who was just finishing college, had never fished in a tournament either. Competing as novices with the best, most experienced tournament anglers on our reservoirs, has been a unique and rewarding opportunity. Taking on this challenge as a team is a pure joy! Working together to develop a plan, trying to find a working pattern during a day when the fish just aren’t cooperating, even finishing a tough day with a very small catch and knowing that you fished hard as a team for the entire day, are shared experiences that enrich a person. I’ll always remember the first winning Lunker Largemouth my son weighed in after our second tournament.
The best memories in life are shared memories. The team format in MRA tournaments has given my son and me memories that will last throughout our lifetimes. It’s not about winning. It’s about doing what you really enjoy, and working together against what may seem to be impossible odds, as a team. You enjoy the successes, learn from the failures, and look forward to the next cast.
Thank you MRA!