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How To Become A Pro Bass Fisherman In Tournaments
If you truly love bass fishing you may have often wondered how you could become a professional bass fisherman in national tournaments.
First you should be dedicated to fishing. It should be the main thing on your mind. Improving your fishing skill should be your main goal since only by catching fish in different types of environments can you win consistently.
If you are just starting out in bass fishing you should find a mentor. Find a professional angler such as a tournament fisherman or guide. Many tournament bass fishermen work part time as guides between competition. If you are lucky enough to attend a college such as Tarleton State University in Texas that has a student bass competition program, take advantage of it.
Begin by becoming the expert on your own lake. Learn the best fishing spots there are and enter any tournaments when they come up on your home ground.
Don't be afraid to ask questions until you get an answer. You'll have to drag the best kept secrets out of professional bass fishermen. Watch bass fishing shows as often as you can to learn new techniques.
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After much practice and improvement of your bass fishing techniques you can consider entering some local tournaments. If you can't afford a boat consider joining in a partnership with another skilled fisherman. You will need money for travel, entry fees, food and lodging. Don't quit your day job!
Learn as much from other fishermen in the tournaments as possible. Note the kind of gear they use, the kind of boats and techniques to get to the best fishing spots first. Learn the lay of the lake before a tournament including reported good fishing spots for that time of year.
If you have a good degree of success winning in small tournaments then go on and enter some of the larger ones. Once you have your own boat seek sponsors to help pay your way through advertising. See if you can get a local sponsor such as a hardware store to place their logo on your boat for a few dollars a month. Seek out more sponsors by showing them your winning history.
Lure companies, rod and reel companies, bass scent makers, and so on are all good places to get sponsorship money or free fishing gear to help you cut down on expenses. When shopping for a new bass boat try and get a big discount by offering to put the dealer's logo on the boat. This can only be done if you have already achieved a level of success in fishing tournaments.
Pro bass fisherman make much of their money from sponsorships as well as tournament winnings.
Once you turn pro, or start to actually earn good money from your passion you might consider quitting your day job, only if you have substantial savings in the bank to get you through the lean times. Trust me, the lean times will come. Don't burn any bridges when you quit your job to become a professional bass fisherman, you might need that job back.
Being A Pro Bass Fisherman Not All Glamour
The reality of pro bass fishing is a lot of really hard work. It's not all sitting on a boat and drinking beer. You need to pay for insurance, relentlessly promote yourself to others, get along with people with giant egos and keep up an expensive hole in the water called your boat. Boat repairs and upkeep for the kind of abuse that professional bass fisherman dish out can be very expensive.
If bass fishing really is your life long passion and you just have to be a contender, don't give up. It often takes ten years or more for a fisherman to become pro level.
Join national organizations such as the National Bass Anglers Association to keep up with tournament news and to learn tips and bass fishing tricks.
You can deduct the cost of such memberships from your income taxes. You will need to have a good tax preparer and keep all receipts from your fishing activity. It can be hard to convince a tax auditor that you earn a living from fishing unless you have some tournament winnings to point out.