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#1 auburntiger7231

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Posted April 02 2012 - 04:30 PM

I recently joined a bass fishing club and have now fished 2 tournaments. Both tournaments I have weighed in a total of 0 lbs. Each day it's been more of the same. My boater reels em in while I catch a 10" bass here and there and nothing big enough to weigh. I have been bass fishing for 30 years and THOUGHT I knew a little something about the sport. I always felt that if we got on the fish I could catch them. Apparently not. I now have no confidence in my ability to even catch one keeper. I try everything I know to do and always have a plan come tourney day. It's been a disaster and chasing this life long dream has been nothing short of painful. Anybody out there have some sound advice that might help me? I'm just scratching my head at this point.

#2 aumdb487

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Posted April 03 2012 - 11:43 AM

This is my first year tournament fishing as a co-angler in BFLs. I have had three tournament now. Two of them I did well and one I zeroed. The two I did well in I fished my strength the one I didn't do well I tried to chase what my boater was doing. My advice is find something you have confidence in for that day of fishing. plastics, cranking, lipless, spinnerbait... whatever it is, don't put it down... my example:
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 :)

#3 aumdb487

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Posted April 03 2012 - 11:45 AM

and war eagle :)

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Posted April 03 2012 - 11:50 AM

I agree with the first reply, play to your strenghts. It doesn't matter what your boater is doing, as long as your pattern fits the depth/cover being fished stick with what works for you. Also, relax out on the water. I see a lot of guys fishing there first couple of tourneys get caught up in things, whether its the time limitation or wanting to do well. This causes you to fish to fast, relax and the results will come.
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Posted April 03 2012 - 12:40 PM

Yeah the hard part is learning to just fish and not worry about it being a tournament or what time it is. Let the boater worry about that stuff cause if he wants to be late hes gonna drag you down with him its the name of the game as the co angler. Just go out and relax and fish what he gives ya and dont worry about what you dont have. just worry about what you got.

#6 Sam

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Posted April 03 2012 - 01:25 PM

May I make a few suggestions for you to consider?

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.
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#7 auburntiger7231

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Posted April 03 2012 - 02:49 PM

Thanks a bunch for the tips guys. I actually work at the lake that we fish most of our tournaments on. I make it a point to get any and all info possible as to what, when, and where, the fish may be biting. I have tried to stick to my strengths and what I do best which is a slow methodical approach. It just hasn't happened for me. The last tournament I did a good deal of crankbait fishing, which I haven't done much of. Missed a 5 lber that threw my bait about 10 feet from the boat, had some nice size "chasers" that wanted to bite and run right at the boat, and then caught a 5 lb catfish on a CRANKBAIT!!!!! Talk about dissapointment. lol I do start to feel the pressure after a few hours of no luck.

And WAR EAGLE to you too good sir!!!!

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Posted April 03 2012 - 02:54 PM

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Posted April 03 2012 - 02:58 PM

I you haven't, learn to cast with your back hand. A lot of times when the boater is beating the banks he will neglect thye back side of targets and you can hit them on the way by. You have to be looking ahead and time your casts just right. If all else fails, drag a c-rig behind the boat and you'll get bit eventually. If the boater is really pounding all the good targets, I sometimes fish off the opposite side and sometimes catch a bigger fish sitting out deeper.
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#10 aumdb487

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Posted April 03 2012 - 03:12 PM

Don't be afraid to fish your strength even if it's not "ideal" situation. if the guy is fishing fast you said you like to fish slow, then make every cast count and drag it as slowly as possible. No one says you have to trying to match cast for cast with your boater. if you like to fish shallow and he's on a deep bit then use your inner eye to imagine what the bottom might look like as far as targets to throw too.

#11 auburntiger7231

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Posted April 03 2012 - 03:43 PM

It really isn't so much that I like to fish slow the most. I really really enjoy a faster approach and have been trying to crank more. I have just had way more luck fishing a c rig or a jig. I have had problems not really watching my boater as to which targets he missed or didn't fish well. I have also spent most of my bass fishing fishing visible structure or "humps" surrounded by deep water. I know I don't spend much time fishing the opposite side of the boat or even the back. Especially if i'm not boating fish. 99% of my time is spent fishing the same side as my boater. This may be a very good change for me if I can stick to it. My current approach sure isn't working.

You all have been a really big help!!

#12 zip pow

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Posted April 03 2012 - 08:44 PM

I suggest a senko and throw till you catch one it won't take long .almost granteed to catch every fish your boater missed
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#13 Crookedneck

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Posted April 04 2012 - 07:57 PM

I've said it before, I will say it again, that is to get the best gear you can get afford. In the back of the boat you have to cast longer, and more be more accurate.

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.

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Posted April 05 2012 - 07:11 AM

Great tips and info and I hope more members chime in as I'll be fishing my first tournaments as a co-angler as well in a couple of weeks.
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Posted April 08 2012 - 02:34 PM

I always fish from the back of the boat, except when the hubby needs to re-tie or switch out his gear. Granted I fish w my husband, but for the most part I keep quiet and let him drive. I feel very out of sorts when I am up front. I usually try to fish off the back or the opposite side that he is fishing. Some days he does better and some days I do... We tend to throw different baits or colors unless one of us has a ton of luck. I luv just sitting back and fishing and letting him worry about where to fish!




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