Now I'll admit my (WP) comp experience is limited having only participated in one since joining Yak Hunters in early 2019. It seems though that most comps involves a pre-fish where anglers unfamiliar with the waters go out for a reconnaisance mission to get the lay of the land (or water as the case may be). Some are of two minds about whether this is a good idea or even fair.
On the good idea side of the argument there is some concern that pre-fishing the comp waters too close to the event could lead the fish to go off the bite, having a negative impact on the competition fish. Alternatively, more skittish species might simply move out of the comp zone.
On the fair side of things, some feel that being able to pre-fish an area gives some an unfdair advantage over those who, for whatever reason, cannot make it to the area for their own recon.
Having registered for Bribie both Hendo and I saw this is an opportunity not just for a comp but for a weekend away with good mates for some fishing somewhere too far away to be a regular. We didn't want to pre-fish the comp zone but we wanted to fish when we got there.
We rolled into Bribie Island Friday morning, quickly unpacked our stuff, stowed our yaks, and headed out on "The Mad Rabbit" to check out the Pumicestone Passage. We got some advice from a local and headed to one particular bay under the bridge. Both of us got smoked a couple of times, and because the current and wind was pretty strong we decidedd to head further out into the bay. We ended up with a lot of snot weed and not much else, though we did see a monstrous loggerhead turtle we reckon had to be close to 1m across. It was enormous. We also saw a lot of dolphins, a feature which was to be pretty common the whole weekend.