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.
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D58 Hosts McConnell AFB
Joseph Yocum fished with Loren Graves and won Airman 1st place and Big Bass. He had 11.38 lbs anchored with the big one that went 4.5 lbs. John Vanderpool guided Matthew LeBrun to 2nd place with 8.13 lbs; 3rd place went to Jacob Dalzell who fished with Kirk Kelly and had 6.88 lbs. Pictures are posted at www.centralmidwestbass.com.
Hanson Takes the win on Champlain
Dennis Hanson of Marlborough, CT won the Bass Pro Shops Open Series New York 2 Day Area Championship tournament, held on September 18th and 19th, 2021. Running out of Plattsburgh, NY. Dennis caught a two-day total weighing 40.08 pounds, weighing in 20.04 ounces two days in a row.
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