MANAGING YOUR FISH. It's a topic that is frequently discussed. It is typically mentioned in regards to multi-day tournaments - When anglers preserve (lay-off) their fish during the first days of a tournament. They choose to not burn through those fish, so that they can return the following days and weigh them in.
I may be in the minority, but I do not save fish throughout a multi-day tournament. I try to go out and catch all that I can each day. My theory is that conditions differ every day - Weather changes. Water levels change. Water color/clarity change. Heck, even the fish change . I choose to catch as many as possible and worry about the next day, the next day.
That being said, I DO believe in preserving your fish so that you can catch them on tournament day. The way that I choose to manage fish is to practice efficiently, without catching them. Practice smart - find good concentrations of fish, get a lot of bites, but don't hook them! Give yourself an opportunity to capitalize on tourney day!
Here are a fews tips that may help you maintain a productive practice, but also give you the chance to come back and catch those fish when it counts!