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Boat and Trailer Maintenance
Mercury Oil, Battery, Spark Plugs, Fuel and Fuel Additive Recommendations
Engine Shutdown Precautions after a HARD RUN (Especially in cold water)
Proper Warm-up and cold Water operation
Recommended Annual Maintenance or Winterization for Optimax Engines
Vault Bearing Replacement
Mercury Prop Install
Service Wheel Bearings
Replacing Water Separating Filter on Optimax
Non-Ethanol Gas stations in US
Boat Batteries 101
Tournament Head Trips
Developing and Retaining Fishing Confidence
10 Steps To A Better Tournament Angler
The Non-Boater's Guide to Tournaments
how to Fizz a LargmouthBass
how to Fizz a Smallmouth Bass
Keeping Bass Alive
Hydrogen Peroxide in Livewells
Easy Hook Removal For Gullet and Gut Hooked Fish
How to remove a fish hook
How to launch a boat
Fishing Line Guide
Seasonal Bass patterns
- Communicate, Communicate, and Communicate. Know your partner's home and cell phone numbers, and room number if applicable, and vice-versa. Talk to your partner as least the day before to discuss strategies and find out what you need to bring the next day (e.g., tackle, bait, line weight). In particular, ask whether he has a life vest for you, and what he wants for lunch.
- Make arrangements for a meeting place and time to meet. BE THERE ON TIME AND READY TO GO!
- Pay the entrance fees to get in the lake. Pay for the Big Fish for your partner and yourself.
- Oil and gas are not cheap. Give your partner money to refill the tank of gas that you helped burn up. You do not want to get a reputation for being cheap.
- Treat your partner and his property with the utmost respect.
- Know all the tournament rules and the specific lake rules.
- Know all tournament criteria, such as meeting times, launch ramp areas, weigh-in time and area, and where you need to be at any specific time during the day or night.
- Become familiar with the body of water that you will be fishing by researching through available resources.
- Try to participate in pre-fish days, if your partner is going to do this. Two lines in the water are always better than one, and it lets you verify that you have the right equipment and it is in top working condition.
- Learn how to back in a boat trailer. Voice your driving limitations prior to launching the boat. The morning of the tournament is not the time to learn how to handle a vehicle with a boat trailer.
- Bring your own Personal Floating Device (PFD), unless your partner tells you he has an extra one on the boat for you. Otherwise, bring the minimal amount of fishing equipment you will need. Limit your tackle to one bag - if you need two tackle bags, you are bringing too much.
- Bring lunch for your partner, unless he says otherwise. Do not bring anything that cannot be eaten with one hand - if you cannot fish while you eat or eat while you fish, do not bring it. Bring plenty of water and drink it whether you are thirsty or not.
- Bring your own raingear if there is any chance of rain.
- Know where the net is at all times and be ready to use it.
- While fishing, be aggressive and focus on the task at hand. At the same time, be gracious and humble. Give it your best, and watch, listen, and learn.
- Keep your clutter to a minimum. There is nothing worst than stepping over rods, tackle or whatever to try to maneuver to net a fish. Missing a fish, breaking a rod, or damaging someone else's equipment does not make for a good day on the water.
- If you have a good day on the water, people will want to know the "what, when, where, and how" of the day. Although the purpose of this club is to freely share this information, if you caught fish at your partner's spots, defer the "where" questions to him. It is bad form to disclose your partner's specific spots without his consent.
- Help your partner clean up the boat. Most boaters will wipe down their hull right after it is pulled from the water. If your boater gets out a towel to start doing this, pitch in and help.