Co Angler Blues....
Posted April 02 2012 - 04:30 PM
Posted April 03 2012 - 11:43 AM
first tournament I prefished and we caught a few on a jerk bait. Tournament day my boater was throwing the A-rig all day I threw my jerk bait I had success with the previous day. I caught 4, finished in 30th.
Second tournament, I prefished and caught some on a chatterbait. Tournament day my boater was on a lipless pattern. I put down my chatterbait and threw the lipless all day caught small fish behind him and zeroed for the day while he got a check.
Third tournament, I was on a plastic craw pattern boater was on a senko pattern. End of the day I was within one pound of his weight, I came in 9th co-angler and he came in 11th boater.
so prefish if you can and find something you have confidence in and use it all day long
Posted April 03 2012 - 11:50 AM
I don't fail, I succeed in finding out what doesn't work
Posted April 03 2012 - 12:40 PM
Posted April 03 2012 - 01:25 PM
1. Visit the body of water before your tournament and use a swimming pool thermometer to get the temperature, look at the water level and view the water clarity.
2. You may want to purchase an electronic unit that has a sensor you drop in the water and it will give you the best color to use based on water clarity.
3. Check any on-line blogs or fishing reports about your body of water.
4. Check with any tackle shops servicing the body of water for suggestions.
5. Accpet the fact that you will be "back boated" and not have a very good angle to throw your baits.
6. Throw either the same bait as the boater or something different, if possible. It can be a challenge if the boater is throwing crankbaits and you want to fish the drop shot. So call the boater to see what he is going to throw so you can plan ahead.
If the boater wants to lay off the shore 150 feet and throw Carolina rigs towards the flats and you want to finesse the shoreline and wood, you have a BIG problem.
Too many nonboaters show up at the ramp, sit down, and expect the boater to put them on fish. The boater will put themselves on fish first and then worry about you catching anytning.
Sometimes the boater has less knowledge of the places to fish, the baits and techniques that you know will work or have worked in the past. What information you share with the boater is your option.
So do your homework and be ready to throw the best baits you think will work and either parallel or fish opposite your boater.
And don't get frustrated. Being a boater increases your chances of success as you are in charge of the machne and what you will be doing.
Posted April 03 2012 - 02:49 PM
And WAR EAGLE to you too good sir!!!!
Posted April 03 2012 - 02:54 PM
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Posted April 03 2012 - 02:58 PM
Posted April 03 2012 - 03:12 PM
Posted April 03 2012 - 03:43 PM
You all have been a really big help!!
Posted April 03 2012 - 08:44 PM
Posted April 04 2012 - 07:57 PM
My advice is to slow down. Concentrate on the struture. Get your cast where you want, and due to the speed of the boater, even if you can only present your bait your way for a fraction of what you normally do, then do it. It may mean more casts and shorter presentations, but fish those your way, the way you know it works. Use your practice to throw cranks and different baits. Use the tournaments to fish what you know. A boater will always slow down when you have a fish on.
I have fished the back of the boat for 2 years. The first year I did horrible. 13 tourneys, I weighed in only 5 fish. Last year, I zeroed 1 time, co-incidently my boater did too that day. My boater took second overall last year I took 4th out of 60. My changes were a total make over in gear. And place perfect casting. (And I switched from unpainted bullet sinkers to black).
Last but not least have Fun! Build on success even if, success means a short here and there. A short is better than nothing.
Posted April 05 2012 - 07:11 AM
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Posted April 08 2012 - 02:34 PM
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