Utilize what you can do at home, before you drive to the lake.
“The biggest difference between the Triple A or opens divisions, is limited practice,” Avena said. “You go from having unlimited practice time, to practicing for a four-day event in two to three days.
“What I have come to realize is, you have to start narrowing down bodies of water before you even step foot on the (lake or river) or you will be overwhelmed.”
Avena suggests “utilizing Google Earth, pre-studying paper maps, looking at Navionics, watching various videos, researching old tournament results — doing whatever you can to get a relative idea for what should go down during the tournament.”