As a Co-Angler, what should I bring? Co-Anglers share the boat with a boater for the day, and space is at a premium on a bass boat. Downsize your tackle so it can fit within no more than one rear compartment on a boat.
Should I bring a life jacket? Yes, if you have a life jacket that fits you, take it. You are required to wear one anytime the combustion engine is in operation. Should I bring rain/warm wear? Tournaments are held in many different weather conditions, and you should always dress for the weather.
Tips for Co-Anglers
- Be prepared and versatile. Always be prepared to be able to fish the boater’s water and do it efficiently.
- Talk to your boater at the pairings meeting to get a feel for what you should bring.
- Fish slower! Take your time, relax and make a good presentation of the lure. Being good at both time management and efficiently is a key to doing well as a co-angler.
- Be ready to move. Pattern fishing requires boaters to move a lot in many cases. When the boater needs to move, be ready to get your gear stored and rods strapped down.
- Be confident! Practice time can be better spent finding the confidence baits that work in more situations than trying to find patterns as the boater is in control of the location and operation of the front of the boat.
- Respect your boater. This is a two-way street, but you will go a lot further with a boater that you get along with. It is his boat, his water, and you are not competing against the boater—you competing against all the other co-anglers.
- Where can I fish on the boat? Boaters fish from the front deck, co-anglers from the rear deck, without exceptions. Co-Anglers may only operate the boat in emergency situations.
- How much gas money should I give the boater? First, you should initiate this conversation with your boater and ask. The appropriate thing to do is figure how much gas is burned and pay half of that. It is suggested that the co-angler partner share at a minimum one-half the cost of gas and oil or $50, whichever is less.
There is a lot of great content available on the web on being successful as a co-angler. The real key to your success as a co-angler is flexible and versatile.
Boaters can get a bad rap sometimes because of the actions of a very few. We have all heard it before. “I stuck with a really bad boater that treated me very poorly.” While you are fishing to win and everyone in this sport understands that, your personal interactions with your Co-Anglers and other anglers determine whether or not you a true champion. We also hear all the time from many Co-Anglers that they have never had a bad boater before.
Co-Anglers are in a tournament to compete, and they are also there to learn. It is a great opportunity for you as a fellow sportsman to show your co-angler what the sport and sportsmanship is all about.
Meet your co-angler at the pairings meeting and tell them what to expect. What gear they should bring, and how much space you have set aside for them. Work out any issues with your co-angler long before you ever launch your boat. Many great lifelong friendships have been formed in this boater/co-angler format.
Be courteous should also extend to other anglers on the lake. We all know there are always other anglers on the lake, and your actions reflect directly on the sport in how you deal with any other boater you encounter in a tournament. All anglers should use their best efforts to demonstrate professionalism and integrity in support of the sport of bass fishing.
American Fishing Tour - Latest News
Michael Smith Takes the Win on Lake Mitchell
January 8, 2022, Clanton, AL. Thirty-three anglers launched from Higgins Ferry Park Ramp near Clanton, AL. Twenty-four of those anglers brought back five-fish limits to the scales, but when the scales closed Michael M. Smith of Andalusia, AL took the victory with 14.71 pounds. For the victory Smith took home $723 in prize money.
Tom and Missy take the win and the GLine Battery $100 Bounty on Cooper River
We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day on the Cooper River with mild temperatures and sunny skies! We had eight teams come out to compete with every team bringing fish to the scales. Several teams commented on how clear the water was and how many big bass they watched swimming but couldn’t get to bite. It seems that the most productive bite was on crank baits and worms.
Tom and Missy Bancroft took First Place with 5 largemouth bass weighing 8.15 lbs. earning $360. We caught our bass on crankbaits in the morning and shaky head worms in the afternoon.
Florida South Division To Open On Okeechobee
ATHENS, Ala. – The Florida South Division 7 of the American Bass Anglers Open Series, Presented by Caymas Boats, begins its new season on Jan. 22, 2022, on Lake Okeechobee.
The anglers will run out of Roland and Mary Ann Martin's Marina Resort, located at 920 E. Del Monte Avenue in the town of Clewiston, Fla. Anglers can fish anywhere in the massive lake but cannot lock into the Kissimmee River, Caloosahatchee River, or the Port St. Lucie Canal.
Team Tour Championship Postponed
Out of an overabundance of caution The Team Tour Championship that was scheduled for 10/10-11/2020 on Wheeler Lake has be postponed. The National Weather Service is forecasting winds of 10-20 mph with gust up to 35mph for Saturday, and winds of 10-15 mph with gust up to 20 mph Sunday. The safety of our anglers is the number on concern and factor when making the tough decisions on postponing a tournament. The new dates for the Team Tour Championship will be November 21-22 on Wheeler Lak