In The Psychology of Exceptional Fishing, psychologist Jay T. McNamara Ph.D., LP (aka “Dr. Fish) discusses how competitive angling has come of age! Small fishing derbies with a handful of participants have grown to large national tournament circuits boasting thousands of members. Lucrative tournament purses, generous sponsorship arrangements, and extensive real-time media coverage attest to the maturation of this demanding sport. Tournament anglers themselves are being challenged in new and interesting ways. Initially driven to find secret spots and hot lures, top competitors are now paying equally close attention to understanding and fine-tuning their psychological skills.