Bryan New is one of the newest members of the STORMR team. He’s enjoyed a very successful season on the FLW tour as a co-angler with 3 top ten finishes on tour and 2 in the Rayovac Series as well as qualifying for both the Forrest Wood Cup and the Rayovac Championship.
In this article originally posted at Fishing the Back, Bryan details how he makes the most of his time on the water. While the piece was written with the co-angler in mind, we feel that this information is good whether you are fishing from the front deck or back of the boat.
By: Bryan New
As a co angler, most of the major decisions are out of your control. You have to fish the water the boater wants to fish, you are positioned where the boater positions you, and you have no idea where you will go next. On top of all of this, you are fishing behind some really good fishermen. This is why it is important to fish hard all day. Wasted time is a wasted opportunity. In this article, I will discuss 5 tips for saving time on the water, and how they help me.
1. Be Organized
Staying organized is my #1 tip for saving time on the water. Knowing exactly where all of your equipment is and having it easily accessible is critical to maximizing your fishing time. In order to stay organized, I label all of my boxes and bags with what is inside. I use a tackle bag with plano boxes for my terminal tackle and hardbaits, but prefer Duncan Clear View tackle bags (pictured above, right) for my soft plastics, which I will separate out by shape and color. I also take out any equipment that I know for sure I won’t be using over the course of the tournament. If there is any chance I need it, however, I will bring it along.
2. The Rod Glove
Although this could probably go under “Be Organized”, I feel The Rod Glove is so important that it deserves its own heading (pictured above, left). Not only do rod gloves protect your rods and line, they keep them tangle free and easy to store while on the water. To be even more time-efficient, I use different color rod gloves for rods with different uses, (example- red rod glove goes with cranking, and blue goes with flippin’). This helps me know exactly which rod I need, and saves me time trying to find it.
3. Utilize all Downtime
Whether my boater is eating lunch or simply idling around looking for a new spot, I never stop managing my tackle and equipment. I like to rig up and have ready extra baits that I am catching fish on when I have time to, so that if I break off or need to retie, I can do so quickly. I also use these times to retie baits and reorganize my gear. There is always something I can do in these windows, so that I can save my fishing time later.
4. Utilize Fishing Time
This one is pretty obvious, but it can be overlooked. Fishing hard all day is crucial; it can happen in the first 5 casts or the last 5 casts, but the only way to ensure your best chance is to stay focused and keep your lure in the water. Another example is the FLW Tour rules regarding co anglers. On the FLW Tour, we can’t fish while our pro is off the front deck, unless our lure is already in the water, so if I see my pro getting ready to step down, I will either fish out my current cast very slowly, or make a new cast before he gets down.
5. Use a Good Culling System
Lastly, I feel it is very important to use a good fish-culling system. Not only will this help you weigh in the right fish, it will cut down on wasted time throughout the day. There are a lot of good culling systems on the market so choose one that works best for you. I like the ones that allow you to record the weight on the cull tag, so that you can easily see which one is your smallest.
I hope that these tips help you the next time you are fishing a tournament. An extra 10 minutes of fishing could be the difference between a paycheck and a disappointing finish, so make sure to not only fish hard all day, but to also manage your time on the water properly.
Circuits Fished: FLW Tour, FLW Bass Fishing League, B.A.S.S. Weekend Series, FLW Everstart Series
Years Co: 2 on FLW Tour, 7 total
Favorite Technique: Power fishing shallow, dirty water from the front of the boat. If fishing as a co, offshore schooling fish.
Tags: STORMR, Lake Norman Bait and Tackle, Charlie's Worms, Brian's Bees, The Rod Glove, McCorkle Concrete, Shane's Baits
Categorised in: Team STORMR