(Editor’s note: Few co-anglers in the Rayovac FLW Series have been as successful as California fisherman Todd Kline. He’s won back-to-back Co-Angler of the Year titles and earned more than $84,000 in three seasons – including $54,000 last year. We asked Kline to provide some insights on his experiences that might be useful to other aspiring co-anglers. Here’s what he had to say.)
I fished my first Rayovac FLW Western Division tournament as a co-angler in 2013 at Lake Oroville. At first I was overwhelmed by the fancy, wrapped boats and the big-name anglers running them. When I hit the water on day one, however, I was able to put all of that out of my mind and just focus on catching bass.
Fishing in any tournament as a co-angler can be intimidating. At the start, chances are you’re fishing with a stranger, and perhaps on a lake you’ve never fished before. In time, of course, you make friends and learn lakes, and your apprehension melts away. Once out there on the lake, your skills kick in and you just settle down and fish. Still, you’re sharing the boat with the guy who calls the shots, and how successful you are as an angler depends a lot on how you interact with him.