If you love fishing and could happily spend all day sitting in a boat or standing in a cold stream, it’s not surprising that you are considering starting a career as a competitive fisherman. The sport can be quite lucrative if you have the skill and luck needed to bring in trophy worthy fish, and it is quickly gaining in popularity across the United States. Some high schools are even recognizing it as a sport and you can always find entire libraries dedicated just to fishing. Before you quit your office job and start spending the days with a rod and reel in your hands there are a few things you should know about becoming a competitive fisherman.





One of the most important things you need to know is that competitive fishing is seasonal. This means that you will either have to be extremely successful at reeling in one type of fish, or skilled enough to go after several varieties. This applies to bass fishing, which is often the most lucrative, to fly and even ice fishing. Some professional anglers are able to participate in all types of tournaments, and even travel around the world following the different seasons. My best advice when you are first starting out is to concentrate on one particular season. As your skill and confidence improves then you can start trying your luck going after other types of fish.



License and registration


I have watched several of my friends over the years get all their gear together, including their lucky lures, only to find that they forget to renew their fishing license or mail in the registration form. All fishing competitions require a valid license, along with completed registration forms. You should also know that in most cases there will also be fees that need to be paid in full at the start of the competition. The amount will vary depending on the state, and it will be listed on your registration form.





You must have the right gear, and it also has to be approved by the governing competition committee. The reason that there are regulations on gear is to ensure that everything is as equal as it can be for all anglers, and to help protect the environment so the competition can continue for many more years. As for why you need to have the right gear, the answer should be obvious. For example if you are trying to score the biggest fish at a fly fishing tournament you don’t want to show up with a spinning rod and reel. As you already know, your equipment will determine how successful you are out on the water.


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Even though it might be difficult to understand, your training sessions for your next adventure racing should begin around six months prior to the event. This way, you’ll have more than enough time to perfect the way you eat and work out without focusing excessively on details that might not even matter, in the end. Planning the perfect training routine can be done with ease, as long as you stick to the basics.


Based on the info that I’ve gathered about this topic, it seems that there are three typical stages to every training plan. Base training is the first, and it mostly focuses on preventing any injuries. This type of workout can help you build your reflexes so that you will not suffer from any minor accident while in the race. Beginners should work on base training three times every week, intermediate individuals should try to stick to four to six days per week, whereas advanced racers are most likely to exercise for as many as six or seven days on a weekly basis. One thing that’s important to underline is that you should never try to overdo it, particularly if you are a beginner because your body will suffer and it will take you more time to recover, which is why you’ll find the next training session to be extremely uncomfortable.


Base training is actually focused on low-intensity workouts such as aerobic fitness. If you want to increase your endurance, you could also do some weight lifting but always stay within your resistance margins. Depending on the length of the adventure race, you can stick to base training up to six to eight weeks. The build and peak phase can last for as much as twelve weeks each, as long as you have enough time until the race.

Another detail you must take into account is the fact that you have to work on developing your skills, according to the parts of the race you will be performing. Some might need to work on their kayaking skills, whereas others may need to increase their abilities with regard to mountain biking. Your map reading skills might be a bit harder to perfect unless you have the time to go into the wild and train them actively.


As a final note, you must never forget the fact that you may be involved in different other activities throughout your training period. Some racers have full-time jobs where they need to stay focused for a long time, and stay-at-home moms may feel like these programs are daunting due to their daily chores. Whatever the case, you ought to do as best as you can and try to stay positive on a mental level so that you’re able to participate in the adventure racing event. If you leave out mental preparation, you won’t have the perfect mindset. Sometimes, it’s not even about winning, it’s about joining the race and completing it in your own terms.

Similar to a triathlon but with more off-road focus, adventure racing is considered far superior to both The Amazing Race and triathlon. Essentially a team sport, adventure racing combines a number of events or disciplines that typically comprise running or hiking, paddling, kayaking or canoeing and biking. There are no course markings but you can’t go around without a map, as well as instructions. You need to find your way to different checkpoints using not just your limbs but your brains as well. How do you make sure you don’t end up simply following a dotted line from start to finish?


Prepare yourself physically

Although this is the least important component of training for an adventure race especially for a novice participant, it can still have pretty much an influence over how well you perform in the event. You need to eat smaller quality meals 2 to 3 days or 48 to 72 hours before the day of the race. By ‘quality meals’, we mean healthy ones. However, any racer needs to remember that proper nutrition is not just a race thing. It’s an everyday thing. Each meal should comprise all the three essential macronutrients that include fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Your body uses these as fuel. Consider having 30 percent fats, 30 percent protein and 40 percent carbs calories. In addition, remember that even with an imperfect diet, you will easily notice the effects of eating and drinking cleanly during the week prior to race day.

Conditioning your body is also important. Although adventure racing is far from being a physical sport principally, not all racers are fantastic athletes. Oftentimes, those with the skills and knowledge end up ranking higher than awesome athletes who try the sport. Ultimately, it’s the team that can find the most suitable route from checkpoint to checkpoint who do better. If you can navigate yourself through the myriads of challenges along the way even if you don’t move extremely fast, you should do well in a race.


For the trekking and running you have to do, you simply need to be able to hike comfortably at a fast walking pace for at least 6 or 7 miles. Mountain biking entails riding comfortably 20 to 25 miles without taking plenty of breaks, so at least 11 or 12 average mph should be enough. You should be able to do one or two paddle trips for 5 miles or so before you go on the race.

Prepare yourself intellectually/mentally

One of the most important aspects of training for an adventure race is the mental preparation you need to do. Have the right mindset. This starts with simply being aware of what adventure racing is about. Even seasoned triathletes would be surprised to know that not all information is readily available until the race begins. Embracing the adventure aspect of the sport will ensure that you thoroughly enjoy the experience. You will not know the distance you will be covering nor the order of the events you will be doing, which only drives the excitement even further.


Adventure racing is exploration at its best. Take what comes, deal with it and don’t stop moving on. Challenges are in store for your team, but let this heighten the adventure factor more greatly. Stay sharp mentally and don’t let frustration get the better part of you. This ensures less mistakes along the way. Before the race begins, accept that mistakes will be made and you may even lose your way or not even finish the entire course. The chances of winning are slim indeed, but that should not stop you from having fun.

Prepare your racing skills

Developing your skill set for adventure racing is not a one-time endeavor. Most often, it’s a lifelong process. Even the most seasoned adventure racers always find more room for improvement. Technical skills are barely developed in beginner racers. That being said, before attempting to race, you need to determine if you are good at navigating. If not, leave it to the team member who genuinely is. However, it pays to know basic orienteering skills too. Be prepared for some technical biking, which may or may not be part of the race. This may involve knowing how to quickly fix a flat tire or do other basic bike repairs. You also need to be able to steer a boat to the desired direction, aside from knowing how to do basic rappelling.

Camping is not an activity for anyone and those who are keen on going into the wilderness or remote places need to include in their gear survival items for both daily tasks and emergency situations. What makes survival gear so difficult to pick is that most items included in this category are everyday tools that you can find basically everywhere around your house. When you are in a remote place, this changes, as some of the most commonly used objects are nowhere to be found. Therefore, choosing basic home tools should be your first criteria in selecting survival gear for camping.


Firstly, you should pack a knife. This is one of the oldest tools invented by man, used to achieve a wide series of operations like cutting, carving or for defense purposes. When you go camping, you can use the knife for many basic operations: cutting ropes, slicing food, cutting branches, etc. Even so, it is advisable that you take a sturdy, well-sharpened knife that you can use for various tasks without breaking it. In addition to the basic knife, other sharp objects can be needed. For example, if you’re in for some heavy cutting or making a path in the woods, an ax may be more suitable and effective than a knife.



Rope is one item that will spare you some trouble. You can use it to tie some items together, so that you carry them more easily or to fix your tent poles. The most compact ropes for camping come in the form or paracord bracelets that you can attach to year hand wrist.


First aid kit

yak3There’s no questioning as to the utility of a first aid kit when you go camping, as you can find yourself in a lot of health endangering circumstances. A well-thought out aid kit is a life insurance when camping. You can stuff in it many medical products such as bandages, plasters, antibiotic solutions and creams, ibuprofen for pain, rubbing alcohol, but also individual medication and products you may need. However, make sure you stash them in a compact way and in a waterproof container.


Fire-making tools

When you find yourself into the wild, you cannot rely on one fire making tool, like a lighter. In addition to that, waterproof matches and a magnesium fire starter are important additions to your gear, as you can never be too sure when it comes to securing warmth for your body.


Signaling/lighting equipment

For moments when you need to get in touch with other people, you either need a flashlight or a whistle to be able to emit a recognizable noise or powerful signals. A flashlight can, for example, be used to produce Morse Code messages, like S.O.S, if you get into a life threatening situation.


A botanical guide of the area

If you don’t have enough food with you, you may sometimes need to feed on fruits or herbs that grow nearby, which means you should know which ones are edible and which not. A botanical guide will be a dependable item in case you get hungry and don’t know which fruits you can eat and which you must avoid.


Water purification tablets

It’s the same for water. You can never have enough with you and water sources may not be available or may not always be the healthiest. In such a case, water purification tablets will make sure the one you drink won’t affect your health.


Waterproof  backpack

All the security measures and survival gear you take with you on a trip won’t be of any use, if you don’t store them in the proper manner. A resistant, sturdy backpack will keep all your equipment safe and make sure they don’t get damaged in case of shocks or if you get caught in a heavy rain.


Adventure racing is a competition combining several sports, such as navigation, trekking, mountain biking, paddling and climbing, all of which come with increased lengths are challenging for one’s physical resilience, feature that make them similar to an adventure, hence the name. However, an Adventure Race may include other disciplines besides those previously mentioned.


You may think it sounds a bit like triathlon, but, in fact, there’s a major difference between the two. Participants in a triathlon use a marked course to arrive at the checkpoints, whereas Adventure Race competitors need to find their way to the finish line using a map or certain instructions. As such, you could say this sport reaches beyond the usual limits of an adventure sport, as it demands that you participate with all of you: brain, body and spirit. However, this particular aspect makes it an attractive sport.


You may trace the history of Adventure Race back to 1998, in UK when Phil Humphreys created an event that lasted for two days and gained increased popularity in the following years. The competition became so popular that in 2007 was organized the first World Adventure Race Championship, and since then it that changed location every year. Typically, races can last from 4 hours to several days and are intended for teams. As such, very few events accept solo players, but generally receive teams of 2 to 4 members, based on gender and, sometimes size. The team members are supposed to stay together during all races and are not allowed to split.

There are four major race categories: sprint (lasting from 2 to 6 hours), 12 hours, 24 hours (18 to 30 hours) and expedition (3 days to 2 weeks). Your gear should be adapted to the events included in that competition. The basic gear you need is a mountain bike (as biking is present in most races), a protection helmet, and a repair kit for the bike. For the running race you’ll need appropriate shoes and protection for knees and elbows, for the paddling section a paddle (you won’t need a boat, thanks God!) and climbing equipment such as harnesses and ropes. However, many races will put at the participant’s disposal a way through which they can rent this equipment or they’ll offer part of it in exchange for a fee. In any case, you may want to check the competition’s web page for regulations, where you can find information regarding other mandatory gear requirements. As mentioned, some competitions include particular events that may require that you bring other items with you. For example, if you happen to go into an urban race that takes place in the city, you may be asked to play football, mini-golf and who knows what else.


There is no strict requirement that you need to fulfill to enter a race, but that also depends on the level of that competition. Of course you need to be skilled in all disciplines introduced in that specific event and to be in good physical shape. Imagine that some of these adventures take place in remote places and on vicious terrain, so you need to be able to keep up with your teammates.