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This is a tourney question but I believe it brings in this form.  I'm in a tournament this weekend, weigh in ends at 4 but you can bring fish in anytime.  There is no set start time just honesty policy that the fish is not from the day before/another lake. So I was wondering to give my self the best advantage when should I go out, 7:30 like a normal tournament or early? Thanks for the help. This is in northern Wisconsin and the weather will be sunny and 80 Saturday 

 

 

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i like to be ready to fish as the sun comes up, only for the top water bite and to get the lake to myself for awhile. 

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Yup, crack a dawn.

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I would be on the water at sunrise for a topwater bite and I would bring your lunch and plenty of fluids and fish until 4. The more time fishing, the more chances of winning. A good morning bite could do wonders for your overall weight come weigh-in.

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7:30 is normal?  It's usually been safe light, unless it's a bigger open, where it starts just after inspections, which takes you to a few minutes after sunrise.

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When I don't have use running lights ;)

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Tournaments for me have never been based on the clock. It's always been 30min before sunrise or at sunrise. Since you guys aren't doing a shotgun start i'd start moving in the dark/gray. 

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Thank you guys, It makes sense the longer I'm out there the more opportunity to put the winning fish in my live-well.

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Our small club tournament starts at "Safe Light".

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No start time, no inspection, hope no money is involved.

Start 12.01 am return at 3:45 pm.

Tom

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If earlier than safe light is allowed then I'd probably get to a favorite spot and be there and ready when the sun rolls out

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I like to be out on the water as soon as I can see without a headlamp.

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12:01am to as late as you can get away with haha. Around first light should be good though. What lake is this tourney on?

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No official start time, as long as you don't fish on the previous day?  Sounds like I would be out there at 12:01am. sharp to get the most possible fishing time in.

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