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#869230 - 08/14/08 07:43 PM Re: who's making money bass fishing??? [Re: bowriter]
6 Point

Registered: 07/24/07
Posts: 735
Loc: Sullivan Gardens

Carp fishing is where it's at..Esp. when you consider expenses versus winnings..........
I thank the Lord Jesus Christ for my salvation.....

#871241 - 08/16/08 08:06 AM Re: who's making money bass fishing??? [Re: bowriter]
Taylor Administrator
10 Point

Registered: 09/10/07
Posts: 3061
Loc: Brownsville, Tennessee

Point of interest more than question...question was kind of a teaser to make you check it out.

Bottom line...making it as a competitive bass pro is a VERY difficult row to hoe.

I have no doubt those at the top deserve to be there, toss the lot of them on a huge reservoir, say LAKE ANYWHERE, anytime...and they will be catching fish within days...under the worst conditions.

But I also suspect there are a lot of good anglers out there that will NEVER slip through such a very small window of opportunity.

So your child comes to you and says he wants to be a bass pro.
You are probably better to say, "...son, let me tell you about this game called Power Ball."


#871285 - 08/16/08 08:25 AM Re: who's making money bass fishing??? [Re: Taylor]
Hillbilly Hunter
16 Point

Registered: 07/15/05
Posts: 17665
Loc: Branchville

intersting stuff
...they never call me by my name, just Hillbilly...

#871332 - 08/16/08 10:16 AM Re: who's making money bass fishing??? [Re: Hillbilly Hunter]
Dr. Dickel
12 Point

Registered: 11/22/02
Posts: 5153
Loc: Hockins County

What is ironic is that the best and most consistent bass fisherman in the series, Kevin Van Dam, just does it for passion. His family are millionaires and he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He don't need the money.

And there are two types of sponsorship, monetary and equipment/tackle. The second one does not help with bills and only about 5-10% of the fishermen get any money. It is dog-eat-dog. Most of these guys are just trying to live the dream but will have no retirement to rely on and will be bankrupt the closer they get to it. The next crop of young guns that will come through the ranks in the next 5-7 years will play havoc on the veterans.
Second place is just the first loser!

#871335 - 08/16/08 10:19 AM Re: who's making money bass fishing??? [Re: Hillbilly Hunter]
Kirk Moderator
Cerebral Assassin
16 Point

Registered: 08/07/01
Posts: 10142
Loc: Cleveland, TN USA

A really good fisherman that decides not to go pro and just fishes the little amateur "fruit jar" tournaments will make more money than about 90% of pros.

If they go pro they would starve.

#871629 - 08/16/08 06:14 PM Re: who's making money bass fishing??? [Re: moondawg]

Registered: 07/03/06
Posts: 27605
Loc: Crossville

Wow, very interesting

#872040 - 08/17/08 07:24 AM Re: who's making money bass fishing??? [Re: buckhorn40]
Taylor Administrator
10 Point

Registered: 09/10/07
Posts: 3061
Loc: Brownsville, Tennessee

I don't follow tournament fishing that much, well, maybe more than the average outdoorsman...kind of goes with the job.

But I do think the Tiger Woods of bass fishing. He laughs at that description, by the way. Just my opinion, but I certainly believe it holds water, and if there is fish in KVD can catch 'em.

Yeah, I hear 'em mention his family's boat business back in Mich.
I was talking to him one time and I realized how big that "boat business" back in Michigan was.

"Man, I always pictured that being basically a bait shop..."

He thought that was pretty funny, too.

Yeah, bass fishing is supposed to be "a southern thing..."; but I would NEVER count this "Yankee" out...really amazing talent. Seeing him at the launch, has to be like seeing Tiger on the tee this feeling that at most, you are playing for second. lol.

Young guys coming on...yep, they certainly no more than the old schoolers did at their age (a lot of thanks to the old schoolers themselves)...havoc, maybe...IF they can afford to play the game on the big stage...

No telling the talent out there playing the game "fruit jar" style. But this could be said at any golf course, any gym, softball diamond, etc., etc.
Ambition, luck and lunacy (against all odds)...may make difference...dunno.

Again, stars have to align to make it in any pro sport...but also in line with the stars, in the bass pro world a the eye of a needle. LOL.

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