Ever fancied going pro? Wondered about going beyond hobby or interest, and into making a living at the sport of fishing? Many have tried and failed. However, for a select few who are absolutely dedicated to the sport, willing to work hard and smart through all the ups, downs, wins and losses, using knowledge, experience and given absolute dedication, the dream of success can become reality.
After researching through countless articles and posts by some of the most respected folks in the industry, we would suggest these important steps:
- Learn from others. Be willing to learn from every angler you meet. Even if you disagree on something, you can still glean some nugget of knowledge from the advice of others. Be sure to give respect and appreciation for any time or knowledge given to you- you never know when and where you might cross paths again, or in what capacity.
- Take the time to teach yourself. Techniques, lures and locations can be found on every online platform. Spend every minute of extra time, learning the craft and honing your skills. The more you work at it, the more you learn. The more you practice, the better you get. Practice with different baits and techniques in various locations, weather, seasons and bodies of water.
- Get savvy with the digital world. Use the right digital and electronic devices for the specifics of the fishing you are doing. This will get you far in tracking, documenting and logging data that you will use in the future. This is a perfect reason to download MyFinFinder from the Apple Store or Google Play today. MyFinFinder is the ultimate logbook and a perfect way to document your catch and what you’ve learned.
- Be prepared to spend some money. Entrance fees, equipment, travel, etc., all cost dollars. Start saving now for expenses you will most definitely have later. Pro angling will cost you, but if you are the best at it, you can make bank. Some of the Elite competitions boast six and even seven figure winnings.
- Compete, compete, compete. Beginning at the beginner level competitions and work toward the Elite. This will gain you experience in the practice, process, policies and politics of the world of competitive angling. It’s far better to get your pride hurt in a lower level competition than to jump levels too fast and lose all confidence because you didn’t have enough experience to be successful in the Elites.
- Experience gains confidence. Only be knowing, doing and practicing will you gain the experience you will need to be ready for the big tournament when you are finally invited to play. So, be ready to play (and experienced enough to win), when that invitation comes.
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