December 7th, 2012
Tournament Tips for Co-Anglersby Adam LeBeau March 15, 2013
There are many things on the mind of an upcoming tournament angler. More specifically on the mind of a Co-Angler. Today I am going to go over a few tips and some “must haves” for early season tournament fishing that will help you prepare you for your trip.
1. Fishing Tackle – Keeping your tackle light, but effective is going to be your best bet for tournament fishing. A lot of new tournament anglers feel the need to bring every nice piece of gear they own. In my opinion that is just going to cause inconsistent fishing. With all of that gear on your mind you tend to second guess yourself. As far as lures and tackle go, you will need a cheap set of culling buoys just in case you start “rippin em in”.Overall, I find it’s best commit to a few fishing patterns that you know you may come across based on your conditions and fish them hard. The more time with wet line the better!
2. Apparel – Dressing appropriately for the 8-hour fishing trip is a must. The most important thing in my opinion is shoes. Make sure you have a good pair of shoes you are comfortable standing in for long periods of time. If you are going to be a successful tournament angler you wont be sitting very much at all. Never underestimate 75-mph winds. Be sure to bring a warmer jacket or hoodie for your runs to the different honey holes. You want to make sure it is easy to take on and off as you will be moving quite a bit when its time to start casting. Last, but definitely not least, Frogg Toggs. You can not afford to be worrying about wet clothes all day. A slight drizzle at 75-mph will soak your clothes thoroughly, but a 20 dollar bundle pack of tops and bottoms rain gear will save the day.
3. Cash – Your boater has to do a lot of work in the morning that you as a co-angler don’t even think about. They have to get to the ramp very early due to the massive crowd. Then they have to find a good spot to meet you and get all your gear on board. After all is said and done, provided they actually bring you back to the weigh-in, it is only polite to offer 30 to 40 dollars for an all day boating experience.
4. Refreshments – It is a stressful day when the fish aren’t biting. Getting dry mouth on the water is a distraction that can be easily avoided. Bring a large bottled water or Gatorade because a little something to quench the thirst can get your mind back on the fish. Do not forget some crackers or a granola bar for you and your boater. They will probably have something or they are a “I don’t eat when I fish” kinda angler, but the offer reflects well.
If you remember these things for your early season tournaments the only thing you’ll have to worry about is catching bass.