Tips to Improve Your Tournament Experience


Bonito chunk ready to be rigged for sharks

Make sure that you have plenty of bait for the tournament. If you are coming from out of state, try to make arrangements with local fishermen for bait or come several days early to catch bait. A great way to catch bait is to go on drift boats. They are fairly cheap and can be very productive.

Packing Tips

Use this list as a guide for items that you should bring:

Fishing Tackle

  • Surf fishing shark rod
  • Surf fishing lure rod
  • Surf fishing setup for catching bait
  • Pre-made shark & bait rigs
  • Sinkers
  • Spare spools of line
  • Terminal tackle
  • Leader material

Fishing Accessories

  • Fighting harness and plate
  • Rod holders
  • Tail rope


  • Bolt cutters for cutting hooks
  • Crimping and/or swager tools
  • Hook removal device
  • Wire cutters


  • Camera and charger
  • Spare camera batteries (if you have them)
  • Spot light
  • Headlamps
  • Spare batteries for spot light and headlamps
  • Laptop (photo submissions)


  • Winter Coats (Temperature may go below 50 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Sweaters
  • Wet suit
  • Dry Suit
  • Beach shoes
  • Socks and boots/shoes to keep your feet warm from cold sand


  • Towels
  • Waterproof tarp to keep sensitive items from getting wet
  • Drink & food cooler
  • Bait cooler
  • Container for garbage