Offshore Team Tips In advance, contact each other to discuss the following:
-Time and location to meet prior to launch. Don’t be late! -Share cost of gas, etc. -Determine PFD/Lifevest needs. -How much gear/tackle each person can bring. There is limited room on the boat. (not a bad idea to make sure someone is bringing cold waters to drink). -Determine if anyone is bringing ice to keep fish cool. -Discuss boat operation (trolling motor, electronics, launching, trailer). -If distance and hotel are involved, discuss loding, transportation costs. -Determine if Captain needs help get the boat ready before and after the day is over. -Guests should always offer to help wipe down the boat afterwards. While on the boat/water: -Keep gear organized and stowed when not in use as often as possible. -Don't be careless with lure dyes, drinks, food, stepping in the boat with muddy feet, banging crankbaits off the motor or boat and a reckless style hook set that is hard to control. -Manage trash throughout the day and pick up your trash at the end of the day. -Make sure you are capable of handling a net, nothing will make a partner more upset than having a co-angler knock a few fish off at the boat. -When it's time to move make sure you have your rods strapped down and your life jacket/PFD on before the boater is ready to fire up the motor. -Do your best not to cast on top of or over your boater. Accidents will happen and the wind has a way of picking up in the middle of a cast and taking your cast a little wide right, but just don't cut him off so you can hit a target before he does, unless he tells you to. -If catching fish on a certain bait and the partner doesn't have one; offer to loan them one if you have enough. You are a team. -Try not to front end them with the trolling motor. If the wind is out of a direction that just doesn't allow a position for a good angle then offer them a spot on the front deck. -When you get to a spot where it isn't obvious what we are fishing make sure and fill them in on what it is that you are fishing (for instance if it's a ledge or brush pile, make sure they know that so they can fish accordingly rather than just letting them unknowingly cast out in the middle of nowhere). -Ask for advice or assistance if needed (line snag) and try to keep unnecessary noise to a minimum.
Captains are the final word on safety, navigation, and pretty much everything. Please respect your captain and their decisions.