They are at the whim of the professional angler. When he wants to leave a spot, they do. If he wants to travel long distances to try out a new spot, they go.
Such is the life of what is called a co-angler — the fisherman in the rear of the boat — during a FLW Tour bass fishing event.
For Cole Herb of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, life as a co-angler was just fine. Ditto for Jeremiah Shaver of Holmen.
Herb caught five bass with a combined weight of 12 pounds, 3 ounces on Friday, the second — and final — day of the co-angler part of the tournament. That left him with a winning catch of 24 pounds, 11 ounces, which earned him a $20,000 paycheck.
Shaver, meanwhile, had a catch of 12-7 on Friday, leaving him with a two-day tournament total of 23-11. That was worth $7,600.
Arcadia’s Cody Wissink finished fourth with a two-day total of 22-10, which pocketed him $4,000. Winona’s Doug Stanton was 11th with 19 pounds of bass ($1,500), while Holmen’s Tim Domaille had the same weight, but was 12th ($1,500).