Sure, when I belonged to BASS clubs I got to fish with anglers better than me and a minority not up to par even as boaters. But once you leave a club, that's it - no more partner outings unless friends for many years.
Recently though, I've reconnected with four anglers that I've known for years but rarely fished with or fished a lot with and we parted company for reasons beyond me. They don't even visit fishing forums to see what I've posted so that can't be it.
We'll see how often we hook up this year though I'm not expecting much except from one angler I've known the longest and who will always go fishing at the drop of the hat.
We reconnected last year after I told him out loud when he was seated near other anglers that he was the best fishing partner I ever enjoyed fishing with. It takes a lot for me to say that about any angler and in fact I'd rather fish alone than with most anglers I've fished with.