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In almost 40 yrs of bass fishing I've been lucky to fish with 3 guys who were great fishing partners. They were all older than me. 2 are gone now,the other took a new job and moved away years ago. Two of them were tournament fisherman, the other was a skilled bass fisherman. I learned a huge amount from.all 3 of them. Having said that, I've also fished with several guys who, never brought correct tackle, couldn't tie a good knot, used dull rusty hooks, and old half rotted line, or constantly wanted to borrow something, and complained all the time. It used to bother me watching someone tie on a dull, rusted hook, or fishing with old dried out mono. Now, I don't fish with guys like this anymore. My main fishing partner is my grandson, and he's become a good fisherman over a few years time. He rarely has any problems while we fish together. Having a good fishing partner can make for a good day. You can work together, trying different baits, areas etc and get a pattern going. I like to see anyone catch fish, but, I want them to at least try to be ready, with tackle and other items. If not I would rather fish alone. Do you have a good partner?

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Other than my wife and son (daughters are too young), I only have one good consistent fishing partner. The others are guys who like to fish but use **improper and poor equipment** and constantly need to "borrow" things and who won't take advice. In the end, I suck it up when I'm feeling in the mood for company because it's about just that: the company.

 

**that doesn't mean the "cost" of something, but improper rods and reels for the techniques being used, the aforementioned rusted/dulled hooks and junk baits and old line that should have been tossed ages ago, as well as poor knots and improper rigging.

 

"borrow" is in quotes because it's usually soft plastic that gets destroyed or hard baits that get snagged. Generally I know I'll never see them again.

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I fish with my wife and my buddy, of course my wife uses all my stuff! My buddy is always prepared (expect for food always steals mine). I am hesitant to fish with new people, I don't mind if they have older equipment, what I do hate is complainers. I fished with a small group of guys last year on my boat. The entire week of fishing all I heard was complaining, they never wanted to fish/graph new areas. We went to the same 3 or 4 points every day. I caught a small limit everyday, while the rest caught maybe one. My boat was trashed with garbage everyday and I was left to lug batteries by myself. By the end of the trip I was so frustrated that I just aimed myself for the bests cast, left them fishing no mans land. Probably not the most mature thing to do.

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I am lucky when it comes to fishing partners.  In my opinion.  My son is my original, and main fishing partner, unfortunately, due to me working two jobs, and him working two jobs, plus having a two year old (my granddaughter) we don't get to fish together as much as I would like, but he's the first person I call when I am planning something.  Then I have a good friend and co-worker that I generally fish with a couple times a week, typically for twenty to thirty minutes before we go to our second jobs (we work at the same place for our second jobs).  

 

But my wife and daughter are also fishing partners, just not nearly as often.  But they love to go sometimes, and never complain.  They've both out fished me on occasions as well!

 

Edited to add, my son and I happily share our tackle with each other.  And my buddy and I will usually buy two of whatever bait we're having good luck with, and give each other one.  

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I wish I had a good go-to fishing partner but it's just not the case. Yes, I have friends I fish with, but with pretty much all of us having babies/kids now it's d**n near impossible to get anything lined up. I've always fished by myself probably 90% of the time, but I'm at the point now where I can just as happily ease off on the seriousness of the fishing if it means getting out with a couple of buddies and just having the time together. 

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I belong to a fishing club (non tournament) and I’ve met and fished with a number of really good fishermen. I like doing road trips to go fishing and thanks to the club, I have a number of guys I can call to set up a trip. There have been a few that I choose not to fish with again, but for the most part, a great group of guys.

Next month, I rented a home on the bank of a top notch smallmouth river for a two week period. Over the course of the two weeks, 20 of my friends and I will share the house, 6 at a time, to float, boat and wade the river catching big, hard fighting smallies often right out the back door of the cabin. Fishing is only one part of the adventure. Hanging out, sharing meals, and talking fishing around a campfire in the evenings makes this a really fun time. 

If you are looking for fishing partners, joining a fishing club is in my opinion, the best way to do it.

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I think as long as you understand the expectations, any day on the water is good. I take my 80 year old dad fishing a lot on my little bass boat, and we didn't grow up with much and primarily bank fished. So his experience as a bank fisherman is vastly different from fishing new waters on a boat. He's pretty stubborn and won't listen to much advice I give him, so while it's frustrating to watch him try to fish pads with a noodle spinning rod, I know he's happy to be out there with me and that's all that matters.

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I'm lucky to have a couple of great fishing buddies. We all help each other out and share tackle when we are having success. One of em also has a boat which is awesome, all I have to worry about is some brews and gas money.

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Out of every one I fish with theirs only a few that will reliably go and not complain my dad one of our mutual friends my girlfriend my son and my buddy I fish weeknight tournaments with other than that people always cancel or only want to go for two hours. Hell even my best friend we only fish a few times a year 

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The lady friend is going as my partner for the first time in a tournament Saturday.  I'll let her know right as we launch "to be a keeper requires you to catch a keeper".  In all seriousness, I'm very excited she is willing to join me and her patient style of fishing will be beneficial.  

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6 hours ago, WVU-SCPA said:

The lady friend is going as my partner for the first time in a tournament Saturday.  I'll let her know right as we launch "to be a keeper requires you to catch a keeper".  In all seriousness, I'm very excited she is willing to join me and her patient style of fishing will be beneficial.  

Ohhh for sure. Good luck and many times two different styles of fishing works good in a team tournament. If she wants to throw something different because it’s pretty, let her. Some of our go to baits are ones I said” ohhhh pretty “ over.  My husband is my best fishing partner and I’m not sure which of us have more gear. 

 

 

 

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I have a very good tournament partner.  We fish local club tournaments, but he also fishes B.A.S.S.  I learn a lot from him and his experience.  I'm a better angler because of it, and IMO we make a pretty good team.

 

I also have friends and family that I "fun fish" with.  I do my best to share my knowledge (and gear) with them.  That being said, they want to be there and be successful.  It makes the experience better for everyone. 

 

If someone is too lazy, or just doesn't care, that's their problem and I can't feel too bad when the results show it.  But, the one thing I can't stand and won't tolerate is negativity!!!

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11 hours ago, Scott F said:

I belong to a fishing club (non tournament) and I’ve met and fished with a number of really good fishermen. I like doing road trips to go fishing and thanks to the club, I have a number of guys I can call to set up a trip. There have been a few that I choose not to fish with again, but for the most part, a great group of guys.

Next month, I rented a home on the bank of a top notch smallmouth river for a two week period. Over the course of the two weeks, 20 of my friends and I will share the house, 6 at a time, to float, boat and wade the river catching big, hard fighting smallies often right out the back door of the cabin. Fishing is only one part of the adventure. Hanging out, sharing meals, and talking fishing around a campfire in the evenings makes this a really fun time. 

If you are looking for fishing partners, joining a fishing club is in my opinion, the best way to do it.

How does a fishing club does work ? I fished several kayak tournaments but I feel a club would suit me better...

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In my area, near Chicago, we have several multi-species clubs, many tournament bass clubs, and my club, the Illinois Smallmouth Alliance. I’ve never been in and have no interest in tournament clubs. The multi species, and my club generally have regular meetings where they get together, maybe have a guest speaker, organize fishing outings, and often leave time just to socialize. At the meetings, you get to know the other members and just talk fishing. The important thing about joining a club is that you’ll get nothing out of it if you aren’t active. Make the time to attend meetings and as many events as you can. It’s the only way to really get anything out of your dues. 

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Just hit 69 and am more critical who I fish with.  I've had some great partners that through life's journey have gone their separate way's due to moving, etc.  I now have a great tourney partner...actually two.  One is my son for the Tuesday nighters with which is the only one he really has time for due to life and three kids.  This time for me is surely blessed.  I also have a good friend I fish other tourneys with and life is good when we fish together too.  I also have a couple other friends I fish with and enjoy our time...but again life just doesn't let me get out with them much.  If I fish with someone new I meet them at the ramp....I don't want to ruin a whole day by someone saying...OH....I need to be home by such and such.  (usually after two hours)

Now days it's rare for me to want to experiment....nothing wrong with launching by one's self....looking up and thanking the good Lord for another day on the water.

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I have dozens of buddies that like occupying the back of my boat or joining in a floatilla. It sure makes for some good stories/memories! 

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Fishing partners will come and go, but family is forever.

Son, grandson and brother trump every thing else and we fish for volume........wife will fish to keep me company  but won't get up at 4:00 AM to do so 😂

 

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On ‎7‎/‎11‎/‎2019 at 6:23 AM, Mobasser said:

My main fishing partner is my grandson,

That's the best fishing partner a man can have. You are giving him some fond memories he'll remember for a lifetime.

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