From what I understand, the boater doesn't need a link. They will fish solo if not enough co-anglers. But co-anglers can link to guarantee a spot in case they are short boaters. This year it was first to signup on the co-angler side. If short boaters, then they send co-anglers home starting with last to sign-up and moving up the list. I've fished east and southeast divisions. Good group of guys and Chris does a good job running the trail. I will be fishing one of the division' again but not sure on both.
Wishin I was Fishin!!!