Sometimes the scoreboard doesn’t tell the whole picture. My most recent tournament was on my most favourite venue, Sydney Harbour. For the past 3 years I have finished one spot from taking a cheque and as much as I’d like to make that one step, it shouldn’t have happened this year. It should have looked much, much worse.
Nothing beats Sydney Harbour, the type of structure naturally leads to the added challenge of finding fish but also being able to cast and extract any hooked fish. The limited natural flats or deep water options, paired with the time of year mean that it plays away from my weaknesses. There is nothing better than having to cast a $20+ lure into structure, where a gust of wind or a case of the yips can mean that a $20 lure can be lost to a hanging rope, pylon, over hanging tree or any number of man made structure.
The winning and second placed boaters both commented on how this type of fishing was imperative for their win. They both commented on how the casting accuracy was important for their success but it wasn’t the casting accuracy that “lucked” me a result.
If you know Sydney Harbour, you know that it can be a very fickle system and this event was no different. The first actual competition day delivered a bite that was the complete opposite of the day before. I had expected to have my limit by 8am, 9am at the very latest. You can understand my panic at 10:30am when I had nothing.
So why has the scoreboard misrepresented the situation? The only reason I got any fish all weekend was that I happened upon Greg, he had his limit and was looking for upgrades. Greg reassured me that I needed to think about the patterns that the Harbour fishes and fish to what I know.
I went back to “square one” and did what I should have done but needed Greg to prompt me with and caught my limit. The moral of the story is that Greg caught more fish, had a better pattern, more confidence and should have beaten me but “luck” delivered 9 fish that were bigger than his 10.
That’s why the scoreboard has told a lie, Greg should have beaten me.