A great piece from Deneki about being a “good boat buddy.”
The first tip:
Mind the line. This is the traditional role of the Boat Buddy. The angler on the bow strips line into a pile in the boat. You make sure the pile is tidy, not coiled on itself, and definitely not hooked around stray sandals or extra gas tanks or the butt of the ‘cuda rod. The corollary to this rule is that you should keep that area on the deck of the boat clear of stuff that the line could get tangled on.
That is a critical role when you are on the boat together. My buddy Shane was really very, very good at that and maybe the best boat buddy I’ve had. It helps that he’s a drift boat guide and is super mindful of what is going on and what needs doing when someone is on point.
Do you have other boat buddy tips to offer?
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