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#868380 - 08/14/08 10:33 AM who's making money bass fishing???
Taylor Administrator
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So...some folks want to make a living bass fishing...
Not an easy thing to do these days, according to this:

http://www.probassanglers.com/2008elitecolorcoded.htm

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#868463 - 08/14/08 11:13 AM Re: who's making money bass fishing??? [Re: Taylor]
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That is very interesting, however it does not factor in Sponsorships, which either pay some anglers outright... or at least cover all (or portion) of expenses. I see some names "in the red" who are surely reaping large sponsor benefits.

Of course no one can depend on those sponsorships until they reach the "elite" phase of their career... and this is a great illustration of what it costs to get there.... if ever?
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#868467 - 08/14/08 11:15 AM Re: who's making money bass fishing??? [Re: Taylor]
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Just don't get the whole rage with bass tourneys. Tough stuff especially for the guys barely breaking even.
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#868487 - 08/14/08 11:26 AM Re: who's making money bass fishing??? [Re: rsimms]
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 Originally Posted By: rsimms
That is very interesting, however it does not factor in Sponsorships, which either pay some anglers outright... or at least cover all (or portion) of expenses. I see some names "in the red" who are surely reaping large sponsor benefits.

Of course no one can depend on those sponsorships until they reach the "elite" phase of their career... and this is a great illustration of what it costs to get there.... if ever?


True , without sponsors most of the pros would not be able to fish the tournament trail .
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#868532 - 08/14/08 11:45 AM Re: who's making money bass fishing??? [Re: captain hook]
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 Originally Posted By: captain hook
Just don't get the whole rage with bass tourneys. Tough stuff especially for the guys barely breaking even.


I agree. I'm sure it's fun and all, but I could'nt do it. The only exception would be for charity.
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#868549 - 08/14/08 11:54 AM Re: who's making money bass fishing??? [Re: moondawg]
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Same thing can be said for any sport. Until you are in the elite group none of them pay too well.
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#868784 - 08/14/08 02:11 PM Re: who's making money bass fishing??? [Re: Kirk]
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Of course, it doesn't figure sponsorships, or seminars, or whatever else.
But...it's no pay scale like golf by any means.
Lot of golfers out there making a living that you will never know their names.

Lot of wannabe bass pros out there sleeping in the back of the truck, eating baloney and loading up credit cards...

Hard facts, hard truth...way it works, I guess.
Just posted it fyi...kind of interesting, I think.

May/could also be a view of the business itself...consolidating market...fishing industry is a big pie...but there are only a few players that really have (big) pieces.

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#868788 - 08/14/08 02:13 PM Re: who's making money bass fishing??? [Re: Taylor]
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They say that 10% of the fishermen catch 90% of the fish.

Same is probably true of tournament profits... 10% of tourney anglers reap 90% of available profits.
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#868865 - 08/14/08 03:05 PM Re: who's making money bass fishing??? [Re: Taylor]
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 Originally Posted By: Taylor


Lot of wannabe bass pros out there sleeping in the back of the truck, eating baloney and loading up credit cards...





Trust me, that is a fact. David Dudley is one of the winningest in tourney fishing of all time, and he had every credit card he owns maxed out before the tourney he won on Loudon a couple months ago. I personally know several that fish pro for a living, and it is tough. Most own businesses and use their profits there just to break even. The money won vs what it cost to fish in the link provided just counts entry fees to the tourneys. It does not include gas, food, lodging, out of state licenses, tackle, maintenance of boats and vehicles, etc....
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#868982 - 08/14/08 04:37 PM Re: who's making money bass fishing??? [Re: Dr. Dickel]
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Richard hit it. The money is the sponsorships. The prize money is secondary. However, it is a bit catch 22. To get the sponsor money, you need to establish yourself and that mean big bucks out of pocket.

Then there is another aspect and here I am speaking only of BASS and FLW and maybe the walleye tournament thingie. For a while television producers were almost scripting some parts of the show. Now I don't mean fixing tournaments, I am talking about the things the fishermen said and the way they acted. The objective being to stimulate controversey and boost viewer numbers. Some of the older guys basically said "take a hike, we aint playing that game." But some of the young guns had to and have taken some heat for it. Hopefully that crap is over with.

But, to now answer Taylor's question, a lot of fishermen are making money bass fishing. They just aren't doing it in tournaments. There is a fair living to be made from the industry without ever fishing a tournament. Why just yesterday I made $165 for four hours work. Then I got a $50 tip on top of that.

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