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Old 12-11-2008, 07:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default to tip, or not to tip, that is the question?????????

I have read and heard stories of pro anglers literally stop fishing to help the co-angler win, think about that, if you you are a boater, you have know chance of getting a check, but the co-angler has a great chance to win, if you did stop and let him catch all of your fish, and then he/she won it, would you expect a tip/money from the co-angler in return, some might say how big is the pay back, well, lets just say he won 10,000-to $40,000 dolor's, also for the co-anglers would you tip the boater?? Me, I will give him/her some money.
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Old 12-11-2008, 10:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think that would be the right thing to do.If he helps you win,he should share in the winnings.
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Old 12-11-2008, 10:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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A tip would definitely be in order I believe.



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Old 12-11-2008, 10:59 PM   #4 (permalink)
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if i had no chance to get a check i would still be thinking about points, but i still make every effort to make sure my co angler catches fish. When i was a co angler i never drew a boater that didnt do everything to make sure i got my 5. Its just a respect thing with me, i dont cut off my nose to spite my face but i still try to make sure they get theirs whether its giving a lure or turning the boat so they have a shot at the good spots. Im a firm believer in what goes around comes around. Dave
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Old 12-11-2008, 11:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
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That's a good question! Seems like there are a lot of variables, though. Not to complicate it or to be contrary, but I'm not sure I'd tip much. I'd certainly pay my way as far as gas and incidentals like a co-angler should, but as far as more than that, I don't know. It wouldn't be out of greediness, but out of a sense that the boater who stops fishing doesn't necessarily let the co-angler catch "his" fish. The co-angler could be good enough on his own. Does that make sense? Also, and probably more important to me as a non-boater myself, is that the co-angler is competing against guys who are fishing used water. If he gets to fish the new water then that gives him a huge advantage over the other co-anglers. That's assuming there are two classes in the tournament- boater and co-angler. I 've been in two-class tournaments were the boater was not a very good angler so he let his co-angler buddy have the front of the boat and he won. Strange as it may seem, that didn't set well with everybody else after they found out. It wasn't against the rules, it just seemed...wrong.

On the other hand, if both the boater and co-angler are fishing for the same money then, shoot ya! Slip the boater some appreciation!! He did you a solid.

Maybe I'm over analysing it
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Old 12-12-2008, 12:02 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I would but that's my opion, but lets reverse that if the co-angler is catching fish on a lure, the pro for some reason he/she doesn't have, and the co-angler lets him use one, and he gets a check, does he tip the co-angler.
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If they did that for me, I would definitely give him/her some of the winnings. It'd be the right thing to do, in my opinion.
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Yes to the original question, and yes to POPr's question.



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Buy him dinner or something but I wouldnt tip. In draw tournaments I fish most guys I know we talk about the money in the morning and usually we split everything down the middle. Its usually only $1000 at the most at the bigger Federation tournaments but still. If the Boater stopped and fished bedding fish all day and didnt give the coangler anywhere to throw would he tip the co-angler. Better yet if the co-angler took the boater to a good spot I still wouldnt be suprised if he didnt tip. Co-Anglers intrest are being pushed aside at every level. Now the thinking is people dont want share their fish. BASS got rid of them, even the Kentucky Federation took away all their rights. Now the co-angler has NO say in where they fish and cannot fish in the front any. As a skilled co-angler I even see guys at the club level who dont want to fish with me. Are rule is if you draw with another boater you can fish alone (we have more boaters). Fact is people dont want to share anymore. Buddy tournaments are the only times you see people really consistently fish as a team. If you watched Ultimate Match Fishing look at how the guys treated each other. Yeah they were trying to win but 15 years ago they wouldnt have acted that way. The last match of one of the seasons two guys who fished together made a deal and they both fished from the front and took turns on the trolling motor. May the best man win. No lines. No setting the other guy up so he couldnt fish. If you had Ultimate Match Fishing back in the day thats how about every match would have went. I am as competitive as the next guy but as we made fishing more competitive we took away some of what fishing is about. Being curtious and spending time with good friends. Stopping fishing to give a co-angler a shot to win when they have a shot at winning isnt something that should be rewarded it should be expected. And if the boater has a chance to win then the co-angler should do the same.
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Well said Mr. Bassky, as a former non-boater I was always fishing agaisnt the boater, & only 1 of them beat me, I always fished their water, money was discussed upfront & I always made sure they got enough. As a boater I always tried to make sure my non-boater got fish, even when that meant i lost fishing time, I've had to show some how to rig a t'rig, or tie a knot, I'm not the best in the world but I think that goes above & beyond, but I did it. When my non-boater cashed a check I did expect enough to cover gas, unless he only wanted to fish my water, I never expected a tip & wouldn't take one. The only thing I expected was courtousy, & please don't trash my boat.
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