I would have to paddle further than usual and to unfamiliar spots
it's really not bad at all. most tourneys alot a HUGE area to fish. just leave that morning to wherever you fancy and make it back by weight in time. sure, you will see other people depending on where you go, but you can fish and see no one but your group the entire day. i like getting away for the weekend and fishing more than the tourney. that just adds to it.