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Get Sponsored on the Tournament Trail

Posted by admin on July 26, 2011

anglersWeighIn_200.jpgBy: Daniel Eggertsen - Bass fishing is a wonderful sport that is enjoyed by all types of fishermen. Some fish for sport and others do it professionally. It really depends on how good you are and how much time you have to devote to bass fishing. If you are you ready to go from being a causal bass fisherman to a professional angler, then you are ready to move up by joining tournaments and eventually by getting sponsored for the Pro Bass Fishing Circuit. So, how do you go about getting sponsored?

Here you will find the information needed to help you go through the steps and work your way up to being sponsored for the Pro Bass Fishing Circuit.

Step One: The first step will be to join bass tournaments so you can begin making a name for yourself. You can start by joining a bass fishing club and participating in their tournaments. Work your way up and practice whenever possible to improve your skills.

The better you are the faster you will be noticed. Become a member of organizations such as the "Professional Tournament Anglers' Association" and so forth to help advance your career. Always strive to be number one or at least to make it to the top five. By doing this you are establishing a track record and proving that you are good at what you do.

Step Two: Continue to work yourself up to bigger and better tournaments such as the state and national tournaments. Practice every chance you get because you need to advance as much as possible. Make sure you go out in all types of weather because you never know what the conditions will be like on the day of the tournaments.

defoe_200x140boat.jpgYou should also fish at different hours because the bass change their habits and will respond differently depending on the time of day you are fishing. The more wins you have with local and state tournaments the more convincing you will be to sponsors. Most likely you won't win every tournament you enter but you should at least strive for a high placing. This is one thing that sponsors are searching for, someone that is in the spotlight and getting the attention because of their skills.

Step Three: Seek out sponsors. Don't wait for them to come to you. Get out there and talk to people and let them know that you have much to offer them in return for their sponsorship.

One way to do this is by becoming as familiar with their products as you possibly can. You can't expect a company to sponsor you if you don't even know what products they represent. It is important to know how to sell yourself. There are many others out there doing the same thing and you need to let sponsors know what makes you unique and why they should choose you over the others.

Step Four: Make yourself available by donating some of your free time to giving bass fishing demonstrations for organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America or junior bass tournaments. You can even consider being a guide for a charter service.