Prefishing from your own boat
Should co-anglers tow their own boats to tournaments or practice with a pro?
Fish FLW Outdoors events as a co-angler long enough and you will eventually draw a pro making a long run. Runs of 35 to 45 minutes are common on many lakes, but on bigger waterways, some anglers will run two hours one way to get to a hot spot.
Nuts-and-bolts tackle should be versatile for bass fishing
Unlike the pros, who carry the entire Wal-Mart fishing aisle in their boat, co-anglers are limited to a tackle pack of their favorite baits. The problem arises when a pro begins to r
Within the pro/co-angler format, there exists certain etiquette – unwritten rules of behavior – that co-anglers should be aware of. Co-anglers who have been competing for a while are familiar with these conventions. However, it is unfair to expect new co-anglers to understand these unwritten rules. So this installment of The Co-angler's Clinic will spell out some of these unwritten rules.
“Get the net!” They can be the three most exciting words uttered in tournament bass fishing. However, for a novice co-angler, those three words can also stir feelings of sheer terror in a tournament setting. This is especially true if the fish to be netted is a gargantuan largemouth, worth $100,000 and a lifetime of recognition for your pro partner.
One of the most difficult decisions a co-angler can make is what tackle to pack for a day of fishing with a pro. Although many co-anglers have a penchant for bringing the better part of a tackle store with them to a tournament, tackle must be scaled down
Whether it is the FLW Tour Championship or a BFL divisional tournament, every FLW Outdoors event begins with a mandatory meeting where contestants are briefed about rules and pros are paired with co-anglers. The pre-tournament meeting also provides information that is critical for co-anglers such as reports on off-limit areas, legal size limits and flight times.
FLW Outdoors tournament locations are as varied as the American landscape itself. From sleepy towns in the country to the urban landscape of mega-metropolises, FLW Outdoors co-anglers must be prepared for nearly every type of venue.
To a certain degree, bass anglers are all wired the same way. For example, when we pack for an impending bass tournament, our brains lock on rods, reels, and, of course, lures – all of those essential lures. However, somewhere between the pork chunks and
Feature takes close look at amateur side of tournament bass fishing
Have you ever wondered what it's like to fish out of the back of the boat in a pro-am bass fishing tournament? Do you know what a pro expects from his/her amateur partner? H