The Keys to Becoming
A Consistent Bass Fishing Team
From the first outing together on a bass boat, which happened during the course of 2012, it was clear that we have a very smooth way of operating together on a bass boat and a special respect for each other’s approach meant we were regularly landing good fish.
As time progressed and we were spending more time on the water as a team we became a very constant and balanced duo who often comes in at the top spots in our local comps. All bassers would know that the key to being a successful individual basser is to be consistent and it is no different with a team.
Some of the achievements we have reached together worth mentioning are back to back season wins in a local money tournament circuit for the last two seasons and currently lying in the top 5 for this season. We have managed good positioning at the FPS attorneys Clanwilliam Summer classic although we weigh individually but fish of one boat. At the Theewaterskloof Classic we have had two top 10 finishes and we were very fortunate to take position number one in the 2016 iRecall Theewaterskloof classic.
I thought it would be helpful to other teams to break down some of the key factors that I believe makes Team Berkley Vega Graphics consistent and somewhat successful.
Pre-planning and constructing a plan together
We have meetings before every event, be it a “braai”, an e-mail chat, WhattsAPP conversations or a long phone call. We discuss water levels, areas, baits, the amount of rods each of us is packing, naturally we also decide who’s boat and towing vehicle we will use for the specific event. Accommodation, departure times, boat food, drinks, etc… we leave nothing to chance except the bite and the weather. We always plan various areas to fish, with at least one back up plan if something should not work out on the day.
Working as one to a common goal…
What is the goal if you enter a comp as a team… to do well! Working together is so important and it takes time and experience to get it right. Everything must be seen as part of what you can do for the team, and if both partners bring positive energy and willingness to work hard to the “boat” – the common goal will be reached. Sounds a lot like a relationship or a marriage I guess but it is definitely one of the most important keys.
Know the rig…
Being able to reverse with a trailer is an absolute must have skill for any young man to master ASAP. Launching a boat is just as an important skill, at worst just being able to properly align a boat next to jetty is a must. In our case, and sure many others, both of us have