The Keys to Be­com­ing

A Con­sis­tent Bass Fishing Team

SA Bass - - >> Sa Bass - >> Vin­cent de Boer

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

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