"He practices too much" – This statement insinuates a few negatives. First, practice fishing is not considered training by the public the same as, let's say, training for a Crossfit competition. To the outsider, fishing is just fishing. So many bass guys take the statement as, "You should be doing something better with your time". Then, among the other tournament competitors, too much practice is also a taboo. That's because most guys don't practice. If they lose to the guy that "practices too much," some jump to considering all that practice cheating. In many cases, weekend tournament directors have banned any entrants that make their living bass fishing from practicing. Of course, it's all a gray area when you pit full-time guys against local weekend tourney guys. One could say practicing is smart. One could say it's cheating. The latter of the two is also a common cover for not wanting to admit the winner was just a better angler than you.