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I have always grew up dreaming of becoming a successful Pro angler(Don't we all.) and I would like to start and try to persue that dream. I am 19 and am going to just start fishing money tournaments for the first time this year(If it works out) or definately next year. My questions is with my age and me not having competed in any money tournaments would it be worth my time and hassle of putting together a resume and trying to find a few smaller sponsors or Would they all just shrug me off? Thanks

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There are two things that I would say to you concerning this:

#1, it all depends on what you have to put on your resume.  Have you fished any tournaments at all?  Do you have any sponsors right now that you have done shows for, or seminars, etc?

#2, it's not a waste of time to it together, however, look outside the box.  So many people put emphasis on having their first sponsors being fishing industry related.  Take the time and seek out others that might be looking to get their name out in the community.  

For example, there is a pharmacy in the town that I live in that I am going to approach.  Of course, my family has been friends with the owner's family for years now, but that's not the point.  Looking outside the box will open the doors to the chance of getting sponsors.  With those sponsors, you can move up to bigger and better sponsors.

Also, if you feel that you are getting a raw deal on the services that you are receiving as compared to the services that you are rendering, then do not allow that company to sponsor you anymore.  For example, if you are doing 3 seminars a week, and you fish tournaments on the weekend, and they are only paying 10% of the entrance fee, in my opinion, it's not worth having that sponsor.  There is a fine line that exists, and you have to make sure that you don't cross that line.  That line being on asking for more than what you are working for.  The whole point of having sponsors is to sell their products and to get their name out to places that it might not have been known, while in the process of helping the angler out with monetary or bait incentives.  

I hope that this helps you out.  Of course, you are bound to have more questions and you should know that you are free to ask them.

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Definately create one anyways...Look into what is more important to you, improving your fishing and seriously concentrating on that, going after sponsors?, or can you do both... The pros i have talked to say that if you can make it without sponsors, do it w/o so you can concentrate on fishing!..That's my advice..Ask yourself.. 8-)

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Im 19 too..i've got 4 sponsors/ sale rep. postitions in the works. i've got a resume on this site ... "DERRICKS RESUME (UPDATED)"  I also have been fishing ever since I can hold a rod. I would say go ahead and try and get some, but most sponsors are llooking for getting as much exposure as possible. For example, I"m fishing the BFL, Fishers of Men, and the KBBC(biggest tourny trail in PA). What money tournaments are you going to fish? Just local "lunker" tournaments, or something like the BFL?

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bassin_man

Compiling a resume certainly can't hurt.  

If you're looking to obtain some sponsorship I would start, as nwgabassmaster said, outside of the fishing industry - they are bombarded with requests for free products and donations.

Area businesses have advertising needs.  I'd persue that option first.

FFF

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I have fished numerous paper tournaments for no money(Young and Poor). I plan on fishing the ABA and NBAA tournament trails when I do start up.

If fishing NBAA, you should get a partner to help with the cost of the entry fee.  You really don't need a sponsor to fish these events.  If fishing the overtime challenge, those come to $20 per person.  If fishing the weekend challenge, that comes to $65 each.  If you two want to get sponsors to help cover these costs then start with some friends who have a business and you will help them by promoting their business for...say $100 - $250 for advertising.  But, to just start out with nothing to show or offer the potential sponsor, might be hard to get any money out of them.  Product sponsors, may give you free or cheaper priced bait.  But, you still need to make it work for them to pick them up the next year.  I worked hard to get the sponsors I have and I do them a good job of getting their name and products out there.  Big names don't come over night.

Just start out small and go from there.

Squid

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  • 2 weeks later...
What should I ask of sponsor's when first starting out? Should I just ask of sample baits, a amount of money towards tournament entry, or what?

What you have to remember, and FOCUS on is not

"What can the sponsors do for ME?"...

It's more like

"What can I do for MY sponsors."

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If any of you need any ideas for a resume' let me know and I'll send you the link to my online resume' if you prefer.  My email is mbucca AT comcast DOT net.    I prefer not to list the website url here.  

As for websites I use geocities.com.  I'm not sure it's the best but I pay like $8-10 a month for mine.  

www.tritonmike.com

However I did had to design all the HTML code from scratch by myself.  THere are some HTML editors out now that are very good.  Dreamweaver is really good and easy to use.  I bought the HTML for dummies book and learned how to do it from scratch.  

T Mike

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