Grace Caldwell – Picking a Fishing Partner


Picking the PERFECT Partner

How do you pick the perfect fishing partner? Do you already have the perfect fishing partner? Well, this can be a loaded question. I am not sure how to pick a perfect fishing partner. I was lucky being a girl. There was only one other girl fishing at that time and it just seemed like the thing to do. Teaming up with Katy has worked to our advantage. My partner and I get along great while fishing.

We laugh and joke, but are also opposite personalities. Katy is very athletic, active in all sports, and academically advanced. I am a welding student, volleyball player, and someone who pays a lot of attention to clothing and hairstyle trends. I guess I can be a girly-girl at times. Despite our differences, we make a great fishing team. The captains also have a lot to do with a team and its success. If a captain is rigid, it makes us nervous and if the captain is too laid back the competition may lag.

Some of my teammates always want to fish with their friends and that is not always a good idea. Fishing is a competitive sport. You need to fish with someone who feels the same way, not someone who will be in competition with their teammate. During club tournaments, we switch around and fish with other team members. We are allowed to do this in order to see if there is a better match for us as individuals.

This can be beneficial in two ways. First, it allows us to experience different partners and captains. Two, it usually makes us miss our original partners. Katy and I have our tournament day all figured out without needing to talk or plan. We know when our captain shows up at the ramp whose tackle goes where, which seat we are in, and all the other little things that make up our routine. All of this happens naturally and makes for an easier launch.

We know who is going to run the trolling motor and who is going to fish when and with which kind of tackle. Teammates must share tackle. Your partner should never have to ask twice about using or borrowing tackle and they should never have to beg. Teammates are in tournaments to win together and it should never matter who has what equipment. For me, writing about selecting the perfect partner is difficult. Sometimes a matchup by chance is the best way.

It’s important to be comfortable, but not too comfortable. Some things can’t be forced. The next time your advisor suggests fishing with someone else, or you are asked to try fishing with someone new, try it. You never know what the outcome will be. Think of it like you do that one last cast. You’ll never know what could be on the other end of the line if you don’t cast just one more time.