I grew up on the lake and I am 43 now. Norris is well known for its "Smallies". It is a very hard lake to fish... better at night (not sure when the tourneys take place). I havent "bass" fished "as much" since I moved back to E TN in 2000. However, the older guys fishing Norris usually have an advantage to win. Good news is the summer can be hard fishing and it may just take one good fish to win! I guess it depends on what you want... the "experience" or the "win". If its to spend time with your buddies...tourney's for sure can be alot of fun. If its the "win" you are after, you may be better off on a different lake! IMO