Recruiting fishing partners for a day of casting lines can be a tough task for anglers of all skill levels. If you’re new to fishing and boating, you may find that your friends aren’t into it. If you’ve been fishing your entire life, you might face the rotating door of scheduling conflicts; one buddy has to work, the other has her son’s birthday, and the last guy talked your ear off all day so you’re not calling him again. When fishing with friends you just met, be prepared to encounter memorable experiences of all kinds; great memories to last a lifetime, an accidental hook to the face, or even someone who forgot to buy their fishing license.
You’ll find that the best fishing partners are the ones who have a similar fishing style as you. Maybe you’re the hardcore, dawn-to-dusk, no-time-to-eat kind of enthusiast. Or maybe you prefer to leisurely hit the outgoing tide for a few hours, catch and release a few good ones, then take in a relaxing sunset. Whatever your approach, it’s smart to ask a few questions before committing to extended bouts of time on the water with someone.
If you’re in search of new fishing partners, start with people you know. Family members are the best choice because you get to spend quality time making memories in the outdoors. Ask around within your tackle shop circle or even your co-workers. Fishing seminars are always filled with knowledge-seeking anglers looking to improve their cast, find more fish, learn fishing safety tricks, and meet other like-minded fisher-folk. Volunteer at a local fishing event. You might even have some luck on a fishing forum.
Just remember to shoot for quality over quantity. Finding new fishing buds is like dating. You may have to deal with some crappy pair-ups until you find an angling friend that complements your unique style of pursuit. Don’t get discouraged! Before you know it, you’ll be fishing with friends that you enjoy spending time with and might learn a few things from each other. Now, get your fish on!