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Miken216

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I never considered going pro as it's a long haul.

You start by self-financing in local tournaments and state tournaments.

If you can afford it - then self-finance regional tournaments.

Once you begin to make a name for yourself, then the sponsors come to you - you don't go 'head-hunting' them.

 

Here's a little write-up on going pro by Kevin Hawk

https://www.bassmaster.com/tips/9-steps-going-pro

 

Another one by Jordan Lee

https://www.mossyoak.com/our-obsession/blogs/fishing/how-i-became-a-professional-bass-fisherman

 

 

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1 hour ago, ajschn06 said:

Proud member of Team Daiwa here.... I did it by buying all of their stuff..... ?‍♂️

Wait like really or just team daiwa cause that’s all you fish cause that’s all I use reel wise once I bought my first bait caster but rods I use st croix but it was must for me to buy the st croix legend Xtreme 2020 just because they collabed with daiwa and used there guides

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Anyone can have sponsors as long as you have enough people following you on social media and you are not picky on which company you promote products for. 

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Do you want a true sponsorship or to just be pro-staff. Alot of companies will let almost anyone on the pro staff. You will also be obligated to go to shows meetings etc on your dime and you will receive a discount on equipment. A sponsorship basically means you are employed by the company and the benefits will be greatly increased . This should be the end goal 

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Are you trying to get sponsorship for income or to get free stuff? 

 

If for income, you can always reach out to the lowest denominator and push some terrible product that you know is terrible but get paid for it (probably poorly paid). Outside of that, do something noteworthy (win tournaments, get a social media following, etc.) and reach out to companies. 

 

If to get free stuff, try to build a name for yourself online. The easiest way to do this is probably by reviewing products since this wont really be dependent on getting a following online or accomplishing anything. Once you have a well established and documented portfolio as an amateur reviewer, reach out to companies. 

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