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Get Sponsored On The Pro Bass Fishing Circuit

Jul 22, 2008
When it comes to going pro, getting sponsored on the bass pro fishing circuit is the first, and often most important step in successfully moving from recreational angler to professional status. To begin with, you must have had considerable success and experience as a recreational angler to even consider moving to the professional circuit, so we will operate on the assumption that your bass fishing experience is broad reaching and vast, and just move on to what it takes to be successful in the professional world of bass pro fishing.

For a sponsor to even consider investing their time and money in your move from amateur to professional, you will have to have complete and complex knowledge in the area of bass fishing literally all over the world. You will need to completely understand the biological components of bass and how those components contribute to their behaviors. Only through understanding their behaviors will you be able to be successful catching them. Know the various habitats of bass across the nation. Once you can demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the target, have the experiences you need to be successful, and have done your research, you are ready to approach the world of bass pro fishing and get yourself a sponsor.

The first step in approaching the bass pro fishing world, is to compete in some amateur competitions. Once you have consistently demonstrated success in key amateur competitions, you will most likely have caught the eyes of several potential sponsors.

After that, it is usually just a matter of marketing yourself and nabbing a good sponsor.

Another good way to catch the eyes of potential sponsors is to join a prominent bass club. Keep yourself open to learning from others. If you can find a senior member of your bass club and get them to mentor you, not only can you learn from their skill and experience, you can also benefit from their connections.

Once you have been successful in your bass club and have been able to assert yourself as a force in the amateur bass fishing world, finding a sponsor should be fairly easy. First, before you approach a sponsor (if one does not approach you) be sure you understand their equipment. You have to use and respect the equipment of the sponsors who back you. If you can not effectively use their product, they will not be the right sponsors for you.

If you have no experience speaking in public, consider enrolling in a public speaking course, or several public speaking courses, and try to get some practical experience in the field of public speaking. Begin teaching an amateur class in bass fishing at your local bass club. If you can get some good, solid experience in public speaking under your belt before you approach a sponsor, and you can show that you are effective as a speaker in your resume, you will be a much more attractive prospect in the eyes of your sponsor.

Some anglers do not realize what an important part speaking in public really is for a professional angler, but it is!
About the Author
Dan Eggertsen is a fishing researcher and enthusiast who is committed to providing the best bass fishing information possible. Get more information on getting sponsored in the bass fishing pro circuit here: http://www.askbassfishing.com/
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