No offense Jeff but if you prefish you will end up more frustrated than if you hadn't.
And you will certainly annoy your "pro"
I can be quite... Just call it fun fishing then not pre fishing.. haha.
Ill just figure out a trick worm vs ribbon tail vs senko etc. I fish a few swim baits and with three on my deck on a normal day one of them is always the one... etc.
Well see Im very nervous about trying it, I have only fished in the back of two boats a guide on table rock and friend from here at fork. That said my expectations will be set very low.
Id like to just take 3 rods and pocket full of stuff etc...
The boater will have a storage box behind your seat to put your gear. I bring one tackle tray with hard baits that will vary based upon the recommendations of the angler. I bring a small tackle box with hooks, weights, etc. I load the boxes in a backpack with a selection of soft plastics. The pro should call you the night before to tell you what they are fishing and what to expect. If worse comes to worse, just drag a wacky senko. the boater will have a cooler on board. you can put drinks in the cooler but you can also leave drinks in your back pack. If you are comfortable backing down the pro's boat, volunteer to do so. You can ask the pro to set you up on the ramp to back it down. be ready to get out of the way of the boater if they need to come to the back deck fighting a fish. If it looks like the boater is headed to the back of the boat, clear your line and be ready to get out of the way.
an experienced boater gives clear verbal cues as to what to expect when he is ready to move. he will say just one or two more casts and we are taking off. pack up your gear and be ready with life jacket on and in your seat ready to go. Also, especially if you are fishing soft plastics, if you get hung, don't be shy about breaking it off. Especially if the boater is spot locked on a spot or brush pile.