Dangers of Pre Fishing too early....
What advise, or how would you go about pre-fishing for a tournament ?
Hit it hard a weeks or week before the tournament ?
Just drive around and graph locations and fish ?
I am sure many guys would like to know.
I would first seek out information on the tournaments they have been having on the lake, get an idea of what the weights are and what the fish have been caught on. I would check out the water levels and then would fish hard the week before the tournament.
I would use a variety of baits and colors depending on water temperature, water color, type of cover, and previous information from earlier tournaments held on that body of water.
I would do a lot of graphing looking for bait schools and fish, trying to determine the depth that the bait is traveling in, especially during the summer, fall, and winter.
During the spring the bass are going to be shallow on the banks. Then I would look for spawning areas, staging areas and so forth.
The only exception is the Delta, where two weeks before the tournament is generally a better time to pre fish because the tides are pretty close to the same every two weeks. For an example if you fish the week before the tournament, the tide will be different. If you fish two week prior to the tournament your tides will generally be close to the same.
Since I don't have a regular job, a lot of times I go over to the lake earlier just to fish and have fun, I get up late, come in early, some days I do go out. I just fish and enjoy myself. I get very serious the last week.
When you go over too early, you can get locked in on bad patterns that don't hold up. BEWARE!!!