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Bud Kennedy

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Packing as a Co-Angler
« on: October 22, 2017, 10:34:20 AM »

Truly one of the most difficult things to do for a boater is to go on a fishing outing as a co angler.  As a boater we are so used to having all of our stuff in the boat and usually are prepared for use about any circumstance we encounter.  Well, this is not so easy as a co angler.  I try to limit the amount of stuff I pack so I only have what I need.  This means a lot of gut wrenching thought goes into each element of our tackle selection.

Last week on a guide trip to Santee I was not prepared for all the conditions and did not have a lot of choices to use when it came to making a change in tactics.  While this is not a good feeling it certainly has impacted how I am thinking for the upcoming rally at Guntersville.  What do I take and what do I leave home, that is the question.  For the past year I have been only thinking frogs, now it seems that a few more bait types may be warranted due to the condition of the mats and the changing weather. 

My goal is to have three rods and one tackle bag.  The tackle bag has a couple plano boxes and room for some bags of plastics.  The hardest is the selection of the plastics.  Gonna take some swimbaits and some ribbits and a few senkos and that is it.  Most likely I won't use them but you never know.  Most likely only two rods will make the boat with the third set up in reserve just in case.  I will have some back up in the truck if I need to make some modifications to my bait selections but that does not help when you are out on the lake.  Now add the video camera and the still camera and some on water refreshments and next thing you know you have a full load.  My plan is mostly top water but I do have some of my trusty jigs and spinnerbaits if needed.  The good thing about Guntersville if you need something there are places to go buy what you need and I guess that is comforting.
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Re: Packing as a Co-Angler
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2017, 10:54:21 AM »

You need a sharing boater.
It makes lite packing easy and has 95% of what you need.
I would rather share than have my non boater OVER pack and clutter the boat.
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Re: Packing as a Co-Angler
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2017, 11:10:03 AM »

You need a sharing boater.
It makes lite packing easy and has 95% of what you need.
I would rather share than have my non boater OVER pack and clutter the boat.
I hope that wasn't for me
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Re: Packing as a Co-Angler
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2017, 11:43:35 AM »

When I'm fishing the back of a boat I limit my tackle about the same you do Bud.  Three rods, one box/bag, a small lunch and some water.  I'm not one to change bait much so it's fairly easy for me.  Many times I have the same bait on one rod all day.  I usually start out with a frog on the second and if it's working I leave it on all day as well. 
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Re: Packing as a Co-Angler
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2017, 12:20:56 PM »

I've back seated tournaments at LOZ with 2 rods and a sandwich bag of baits. If I am the boater, I do as Terry G. stated. I'll let the non boater use my baits as long as he will pay or replace baits he loses or destroys. I hate cluttered boats as it makes it more difficult to land bass. If you aren't good with a net, tell me and I'll land them myself. You lose my bass and it's going to be a long day for you. Also, I have a no smoking/ no chewing boat. Break that rule and you're on the bank.

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Re: Packing as a Co-Angler
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2017, 01:03:53 PM »

I think you can cover many applications with only 4 rigs. And depending on the body of water you are fishing, will depend on how you need them set up.

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Re: Packing as a Co-Angler
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2017, 01:50:34 PM »

5 rods and a tackle bag for me.
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Re: Packing as a Co-Angler
« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2017, 04:00:59 PM »

I'm still a long ways from fishing a tournament.  Got to learn to catch before I can think about competing.  So for now I don't have to worry about any of this.

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Re: Packing as a Co-Angler
« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2017, 06:56:52 PM »

5 rods and a tackle bag for me.
When I fished non-boater I carried 6 outfits in a BPS rod & reel carrier, when not in use they were in it. I carried one bag but boy was it packed! lo I blew that puppy out after 2 seasons! lo lo ::)
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