Recruiting fishing partners for a day with throw lines can be a daunting task for anglers of all skill levels. If you’re new to fishing and boating, you might find that your friends aren’t into it. If you’ve fished all your life, you might be faced with the rotating door of planning conflicts. One buddy has to work, the other’s it’s her son’s birthday and the last man has been talking your ear all day so you don’t call him again. While fishing with friends you have just met, be prepared for all kinds of unforgettable experiences. Great memories to last a lifetime, an accidental hook on the face or even someone who forgot to buy their fishing license.
You will find that the best fishing partners are those who have a fishing style similar to yours. Maybe you’re the morning to night hardcore enthusiast who doesn’t have time to eat. Or maybe you prefer to leisurely hit the tide for a few hours, catch and release a few good ones, and then enjoy a relaxing sunset. Regardless of your approach, it is wise to ask a few questions before committing to an extended period of time on the water.
If you’re looking for new fishing partners, start with people you know. Family members are your best bet as you can spend a lot of time making memories outdoors. Ask in your tackle shop circle or even with your employees. Fishing seminars are always filled with knowledge-seeking anglers looking to upgrade their cast, find more fish, learn fishing safety tricks, and meet other like-minded fishermen. Volunteers at a local fishing event. You might even get some luck in a fishing forum.
Remember to shoot for quality rather than quantity. Finding new fishing buds is like dating. You may have to deal with some shitty pairings before you find a fishing buddy that compliments your unique style of tracking. Do not get discouraged! Before you know it, you are going to be fishing with friends who you enjoy spending time with and maybe learn a few things from each other. Now attract your fish!