If you competitively fish team fishing tournaments you know how difficult it can be to find a good fishing partner.
I have had several different tournament partners over the years, some very good ones and some not so good. However this past weekend I fished my first tournament with my new bride (2nd tourney together) Tammy Bashore and I would have to say I would do it again. Tammy has only been fishing with me a little over a year now but has come a long way in her game and has no problem running trolling rods, bottom bouncers and bringing in big walleye but this weekend I threw a new method at her "Vertical Jigging". She has done a little bit of this last spring but not much, as easy at it seems it takes some practice to distinguish the difference between the bottom and a bite and how to keep contact with the bottom in a 2mph current. Fortunately she is a very intelligent woman and caught on very quick and even caught two of the fish we weighed in on tournament day. Tournament fishing can bring out the beast in some of us especially when our partner missed the big one with the net or just isn't pulling their weight. But the important thing to remember is to work as a team and let go of the faults that happen throughout the day. You can't go back and get the one you missed you just have to get your line wet and get back at it for another one.
With a "NO" culling law in NE & SD deciding which fish to keep is alway's a challenge as well. This is where its good to have a game plan in place with your partner before the tournament on what you willing to toss back. These decisions can be tough ones at times but trust me stick with your plan if you're trying to win. Sometimes the decisions will be the right ones other times it will come back to haunt you but with a clearly stated goal at the beginning you should be able to accept the choices and move on. Fortunately my partner and I made the correct decisions last weekend and pulled off a 11th place finish but more importantly we didn't throw eachother overboard and had a great time together.