It just depends really. There are a few deciding factors that occur that determine if I’m successful or not, but it really is just a lot of bumping. I’ve logged on many times and gotten a duel within the first 5 minutes. I’ve played other times and gotten back to back duels. Then theres a dry spell that I’ve fallen into lately that can be directly attributed to me not putting in the time to bump like I should.
The more you bump, the better chances you have. If you are bad at the talking part, then your bumping will be pointless. So just because you don’t get a duel doesn’t mean he wouldn’t have dueled if you did something better or differently.
This isn’t just some cheap trick that only idiots and noobs fall for as some of the ones I’ve killed have been nullbloc FC alts for example. Those people that lead fleets in “elite” pvp are dying in an even higher form of “ELITE PVP”.
In short, it just depends man. If you do it for a few hours and get discouraged then it’s not going to be for you. I remember combat probing and trying to suspect bait mission runners… Sometimes I’d spend days not getting a bite, and I would try for like 6 hours a day, every single day. You put the time in and you get results.