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tips for new co-anglers!
« on: December 31, 2010, 08:44:15 PM »

share your tips for new co-anglers. how many rods and how much tackle can a co bring?
« Last Edit: December 31, 2010, 08:47:30 PM by travisx15 »
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Re: tips for new co-anglers!
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2010, 09:41:37 PM »

First off bring everything you think you might need on that body of water with you. Talk to your boater at the meeting and ask how he will be fishing and what to bring. Ask if he has a compartment you can use to store your gear to keep from cluttering up the boat. Get a bag that would fit 5 3700 boxes max and load that up according to how you want to fish when taking into account your boaters plans. Take the necessary rods for those techniques maximum of 5. If your thinking about the bfls 4 of those are big water smallmouth fisheries so I would likely bring these 5 setups: dropshot, tube, deep crank, top/jerk, jig rod in case your boater gets desperate and fishes for LM. Bring your own food and drinks, I would also recommend getting a save face mask for the long wet runs and dramamine if you tend to get motion sick when fishing in big swells.
« Last Edit: December 31, 2010, 09:44:46 PM by TCook »
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Re: tips for new co-anglers!
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2010, 11:41:51 PM »

Tim is right on.  Ask your boater at the meeting if he has space in compartments, cooler, ect.  I always leave a rear compartment empty for the co and plenty of space in the cooler so he doesn't need to bring an extra cooler.

As for rods, I don't care how many my co brings, but usually more than 5 or 6, they start getting tangled and it takes extra time to untangle them.  Also, bring covers for your cranks - it keeps treble hooks out of the seat, out of you and from tangling up other rods.  We often run big water and waves tend to tangle things up fast.

Tim mentioned a mask - also a good idea if you will be making a long run (helments are great also).  Even on sunny days, a good rain suit is a must on the big water.

If you want a rear seat (or if you don't) let the boater know your preference. 

Make sure you understand when and where to meet in the morning.  With the pairing text messages in the BFL you should have his cell, but verify the number.

Let your boater know if you can't back a trailer - and this is not the time to learn with his truck and trailer in the dark on a busy ramp.  Take it slow when you are dumping him in.

Boaters may not always tell you exactly where and what you will be doing the night before - but you can at least usually find out if you are smallmouth or largemouth fishing.  That helps narrow what to bring quite a bit.

Have fun!!!   ;D

Seth
« Last Edit: December 31, 2010, 11:52:16 PM by SethV »
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Re: tips for new co-anglers!
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2011, 01:50:49 PM »

Both Tim and Seth are correct. I've fished both ends of the boat and have enjoyed both. The one thing I've learned is that the boater has put in a lot of time and effort finding spots.
But, he isn't finding spots for you, he is fishing for himself. Yes most of the boaters want for their co to do well. As a boater I wanted my co to do well, I felt it reflected on me as to how well the co does.
  But as a co I didn't go to my boater as tell him all the fish stories unless he asked and then I kept it short. I NEVER shared locations of other boaters. If I did share it was only locations that I had found on my own.
One last thing, remember the boater has not only put in the time to prefish but he has put in money for gas and travel. Make sure you give him some money to help and make sure they take it even if they only run a mile from the ramp.

Good luck to all this coming year.

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Dan

Re: tips for new co-anglers!
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2011, 06:09:18 PM »

I too have fished the BFLs and did so from the back of the boat. I traveled with a boater and we split expenses.
I did consider that part of my participation was to pay gas money to my tournament draw partner. Most often I gave my tournament boater money the night we met. I felt that it was just a part of my entry and by giving the money up front, before we launched, made it a better partnership.
I had good rides in all of my events, and made what I would call good friends. I didn't win any events but did cash several checks.
I went on to fish the regional down in Tennessee on Cherokee Lake. I always looked at each event as more of an experience over a tournament that I went out to win.  I did fish to win though and made the best of each outing.
As a back seater you can't make decisions about where you go so really you are along for the ride. If you accept that set of circumstances you'll have a good time. If you are interested in looking at some BFL pictures, and reading my report on the events, check out the main page button for the BFLs on my teardropbass.com website.
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Re: tips for new co-anglers!
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2011, 11:53:19 AM »

Coanaglers .... The CARDINAL sin you cannot commit is to hook a mans vinyl or step on it. You must take every precaution. SLOW down. Buy lure wraps for EVERY rod, and re wrap after each rod you set down. Being in someones house, a mess is tolerable if you keep it on the back deck. And when the boater says time to go , DO NOT hold him up by having to take 5 min to store all your mess. I learned this the hard way and I AM working on it. Im not perfect, and as soon as I get there I'll be a boater but hey  ::) Thanks for tolerating my mess.

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To thank all the boaters who clear out the left rear compartment so we Co's have a place to store our masks, drink, lunch and raingear. It means more than you know. Thanks.

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Re: tips for new co-anglers!
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2011, 10:37:36 PM »

Mojo ought to write a book about being a back boater.  He walks the talk when it comes to this subject.


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Re: tips for new co-anglers!
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2011, 09:23:00 PM »

I have always wondered how Angler/Co-Anglers worked.  I have only fished in a couple of tournaments that were all small time.  How much are the FLW tournaments on average?

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Re: tips for new co-anglers!
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2011, 06:06:47 PM »

If your talking about the numbers of anglers in the local BFL - last year they averaged around 80-90 boats a tournament.
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Re: tips for new co-anglers!
« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2011, 06:43:08 PM »

Best tip fo  a co. .......... drum roll...........
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Re: tips for new co-anglers!
« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2011, 07:00:18 PM »

Costs for BFLs: $100 entry fee, minimum of $50 for your contribution for boat gas. You have to be there the night before, so you may incur a hotel expense. Your gas there and back. You need to have licenses and in the Michigan BFLs, besides your Michigan license, you need a Canadian, and a Walpole Island.  You may need an Ohio license as well. They are a lot of fun and a good way to experience a larger tournament.
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Re: tips for new co-anglers!
« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2011, 09:28:15 PM »

Does the boat owner stay up front or does it switch on and off through out the day?

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Re: tips for new co-anglers!
« Reply #12 on: March 08, 2011, 07:57:00 AM »

Boater is fishing against other boaters and stays up front and runs his boat.

Coangler stays in the back of the boat. Don't fish the boaters water first, don't cast in front of the boat or get in his way. So you need to adjust your baits and strategies for that.
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Re: tips for new co-anglers!
« Reply #13 on: March 08, 2011, 01:17:10 PM »

Hey thanks T Bone for the information.  I have always been curious as to how those work at that level. 

Many thanks,
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Re: tips for new co-anglers!
« Reply #14 on: March 08, 2011, 05:45:15 PM »

I would also add that if you choose to fish a BFL that a St. Clair BFL be the one you pick. On that body of water you usually have a very good chance of catching fish. With the wide open fishery it's not going to limit your ability to catch fish like a bedding tournament or maybe the one on the Grand River where you would be fishing behind a flipper.
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