Archive for May 2013

Tournament Fishing Isn’t Fun

Throughout my friends and family, there has been a misconception as to the level of fun involved with competing in Bass Tournaments. For some reason, everyone thinks it is just fun and games. That we are all out there just kicked back enjoying a nice sunny day on the water, relaxing while we watch the bobbers rise an fall with each passing wave or ripple. Those of us whom have had the pleasure of competing in a bass tournament, know this just isn’t the case. It is almost like any other sport. There is a lot of hard work, practice, blood sweat and teas that go into preparing for a tournament before you ever get there. At least that’s the way it is if you have any passion about it at all and any drive to actually win.

To be out there standing on a boat deck, swaying back and forth from the waves, manning the foot peddle of the trolling motor, feeling your back tighten with every flip, pitch, skip or cast of the line. The frustration of not catching, the adrenalin of catching one, culling through the small ones, the blood pressure rising higher and higher the longer it takes for that first bite. Then again between casts searching for that one that will take you to the limit.

That is just on the good days. Add 20 degree weather, snow and sleet and even some rain mixed in there. Or, how about those days when it is 90 degrees, a heavy downpour and you are having to wear your bibs. Those suspenders get to cutting into your shoulders, the weight of your soaking wet cloths (as we all know even the best rain suit can only hold out so much) weighing you down, your back is killing you, your arm is burning, you can’t see a thing because the rain just seems to be bouncing off the water and right in your face.

It is in those moments that we all know better than most that this is far from “fun” or relaxing”. It is hard work. It takes true passion and dedication. It takes a willingness to do whatever it takes to win, no matter how much it hurts, now cold, wet, or hot you get. No matter what you have to give up to make it to that next tournament or even by that next bag of plastics. It is truly an addiction if you are anything like me or those who I know that fish the tournament trails. It is far more than a hobby, its a way of life.

All that being said, it is what we love to do. It is what we live for. It is the last thing we thing about before we fall asleep, the first thing we think about when we wake up. The only thing we can think of as we stair off out the window of our office building on a sunny day. We feel our hearts beet a little faster as pass over a body of water. Its why we watch fishing shows on TV so intently. Its why we have our FLW apps set to alert us when there is a live weigh-in. By George, its why blood runs through our veins!

So, to those who think we are just playing around and goofing off when we go fishing, I say come fish a tournament. The next time someone asks why we are so tired and sore after a day of fishing, I say, come practice with us. When someone asks you what it takes to win a tournament, tell them to ask David Dudley about him going head first into the lake after a 5 pounder and bringing it back in the boat. Those guys on TV only make it look easy because they are the best of the best.

If you can’t tell, I am a little obsessed with Bass Fishing!

Sponsorship Endeavours

I have been thinking about the whole sponsorship thing for over 6 months now. I had a great debate within myself of when was the right time to seek sponsors. I’m not one of those who has a lot of family support as some I have seen. I don’t work for a company who would consider a Bass Angler sponsorship to be a worthy investment, and I don’t have a strong relationship with any local businesses here since I have only been in Nashville for two years.

So, it has been a struggle to decide when the best time was to begin seeking sponsorship. After a great deal of deliberation and people telling me it was time, I have decided it is time to figure out how to get some sponsorship to help with the cost of chasing two tournament trails around Tennessee and push forward in my quest of going pro. The one thing I don’t want to do is market myself to the masses. I want to make sure I only approach companies that I believe in, have a passion for, and can stand proudly as a representative of what they stand for.

So far, I have submitted sponsorship proposals to two different companies.

:Advance Financial:
With great fear and hesitation, I sent my very first sponsorship proposal to a company I have been doing business with on a bi-weekly basis for about a year now. I have several reasons for choosing this as my first company. The customer service I have received while doing business with Advance Financial has been second to none. I know, “Why would you support a company who feeds on people who are at such a tough spot in their lives and catch them in a cycle of endless debt?”. Well, the truth is, they provide a vital service to the community. When someone is in a spot where they are unable to to pay their bills for whatever reason, they are there when no one else is. The loans are meant to be small, short term loans to help someone through a hard time. The cycle comes when people either cannot, or choose not to pay that payment off and move on. Instead they re-write the check or loan and the cycle begins. This is a choice of the person taking the loan, not of Advance Advance Financial as they keep the loan amounts small enough to be manageable. As someone currently caught in that cycle, I can say it is my fault, not the loan company’s.

Because of my appreciation for Advance Financial customer service, their company image, and service to the local community, I chose them as my first target for sponsorship. I regret it may have been a poor decision to choose a company I so passionately wanted to represent as my first target. We all know that the first time you do anything is never your best. The same stands true for submitting a sponsorship proposal. Without the experience, I fear I may have provided a substandard proposal and could very well be the reason for their very kindly worded rejection. This was not unexpected, however, it didn’t lessen the disappointment.

So, that leads me to my next proposal offer. This was probably even more poorly presented as it was a simple message through one of those “Contact Us” pages on their representative’s website. UGH, you would figure I would get better with the second one, not worse.

:TheChive: is a company that I find completely fascinating. It is what most would call a pictorial website that provides endless entertainment of funny, shocking, and sexy (No nudity) photos that people all across the world submit to them. That isn’t the main reason I chose as my next target. The biggest reason is because they are known very well for their philanthropy both in the community and out. They have the ability to move mountains, because of the are a strong, very close community who over and again take a stand together to help their fellow, and their fellow Man. You would be amazed as to how much can be accomplished with a simple photo and description on this site. People can be found quickly, money can be raised, and mountains moved. Stop on by the site and see what it is all about. Warning though, it can become VERY addictive.

I am currently still waiting a reply from them, but, I will let you all know as soon as they respond to me.

If you read this, and would like to see one or a combination of these companies sponsor my Fishing, please do not hesitate to stop by and let them know. While they may say no now, if given enough of a reason to reconsider, we may still have a chance. :) And, if you feel compelled to provide a donation to the cause, please don’t hesitate to do so either by clicking the Paypal donate buttons throughout this site, or going to and helping me reach my goal. Even $5 adds and is highly appreciated.

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