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question is answered by at least two of our Pros giving you a
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will be questions asked of individual Pros and the really good
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| How do you rig the hooks on senkos and brush hogs when fishing for bass? Thank you for your answer.
My name is Brandon Cottrell. I am 21 and have been fishing ever
since I could hold a fishing pole. I recently read some of the e-mail
questions that have been asked for you to answer. Every answer that
you have gave them proved to me that I am on the right road to becoming
a pro angler. I have learned many techniques and strategies from
older, more experienced fisheman. I have fished many tournaments
and have just now joined a local fishing club, and our tournaments
will begin next month. I just feel that I may be doing something
wrong about taking the proper approach to being a pro angler. Do
I keep fishing these tournaments or should I step to the next level?
How will I ever be noticed by the right people to take me pro? The
only thing I have to show for my accomplishments is some trophies
and the word of mouth by my fishing partners. What can I do to make
my dream come true? I know in my heart that I was born to be a professional
angler. Now I want to prove to myself that I can do it. I will do
whatever it takes, and pay whatever it takes. I have experience
in driving and controlling a boat. I have knowledge of a lot of
differnt baits and their techniques, and I have proven myself to
catch big bass. If you could please give me som info that will help
me take this to the next level, I would greatly appreciate it. I
am ready to learn more, teach if I can, and be a respectful and
respected pro angler. Thanks for your time.
Hi, my name is Eric and I am a 19 year old college student
from Oklahoma. I have fished since I was in diapers practically,
but nothing other than farm ponds and a few lakes here and there.
I never had a strong interest in bass fishing until a few summers
ago, since most of our farm ponds were mainly inhabited by catfish.
I really have a strong interest in learning how to become a good
bass fisherman and maybe try and go on tour for a few years, but
I just dont know where to get started. I read you article on "How
to become a professional Fisherman" and Im not saying I would
want to make a career out of fishing, but being in college, with
no other priorities I wouldnt mind fishing some tournaments. There
are so many things that I need to learn to become a good bass fisherman.
I dont have much money since its all going to college, but I have
a deep passion for becoming a great fisherman. The question I am
trying to ask, is what would you recommend for me to do to first
become a better fisherman? I mean I dont know any professionals
to learn from, so I dont really know where to turn. I've heard of
ameteurs going on tour with professionals, but I cant think of any
possible way that is available for me. I also see that a lot of
tourneys have a pro and co-angler. How do you come across being
a co-angler? I would greatly appreciate any help you could give
me on the topic. Anything you can do will be great.
I am an avid fisherman. I began fishing at a very early age when
my father and uncle's would consistenly take me fishing. There has
never been a doubt in my mind that being a professional angler is
what I want to do with my life. Even at an early age I knew that
I would pursue this dream. I am now 21 years old, and have began
fishing local tournaments, as well as state federation tournaments.
However, at this point I am a non-boater. I have began studying
the electronics that are necesary to be successful at the tournament
level. I also have been studying how high and low pressure weather
fronts affect bass. Also, I know that current also affect bass,
but I know very little about this subject. Is there any other advice
or information that you could give me other than actually going
out and winning?
Thank you for your time.
Hello, My name is Tyler Willis and I currently live in Taiwan. I am originally from Pennsylvania but am living in Taiwan with the family. I have been interested in fishing since I can remember. I have fished for trout, bass, walleye and many other species of fish. I would have to say that Bass and Trout are my two favorites. I am a junior in high school and I have been thinking a lot about what I want to do in life. Fishing appeals to me because it is something I love to do and would be ideal for me if the pay is right. What information could you give me to help me on my way? Is it hard to become a professional fisherman? What options for majors would I major in in college? I would really like to find out more about this profession. Anything you may have that could be of use to me would be greatly appreciated!!
Thank you for your time. sincerely, Tyler Willis
| My name is Brett Giles and am 16 years old and am from Tampa, Florida. I am an avid angler and have been bass fishing seriously for about 2 years now and really enjoy the sport. When I see these Pro's on T.V., I say to myself I want to do that for the rest of my life. I am wondering what I need to do to get sarted on becoming a pro bass fisherman. I have just recently sold my John Boat and am looking to upgrade to a Nitro 640. I am able to afford this boat and much more, but am wondering if this purchase is necessary. Some of the local tournaments say that non-boaters are welcome and will be a co-angler, but most of the bass clubs in the area dont allow anyone of the age of 16 and under. While I am waiting for time to pass what can I do to up my skills. Please help! Thank you.
The Fishing Professor
I would like to start by saying my name is David Gilbert. I read your article about becoming a professional bass fisherman and wanted to comment on it. First off, my background is growing up in the land of 10 thousand lakes. I grew up fishing every chance I had and let me tell you I had a lot of chances! My family was poor and I ate quite a few fish as I was growing up. To pay for my fishing gear I would mow lawns and shovel driveways. Fishing became my single passion, I am very good at it because of that passion. Today I am unemployed so to a work related back injury. I was told in school and by everyone that professional fishing was a unrealistic dream and after going down the path I went I realized that without this dream I am nothing. I am fishing and I am going for all of it this time and wont let anyone stop me. My passion is so great that it frequently brings me to tears thinking about the possibility that my lifelong dream comes crashing down on me. My brother gave up on his dream of being a pro football player and now is attempting it again with passion. He is a semi pro running back for Minnesota and I pray that he makes it this time, he deserves it. He went from weighing 350 lbs and out of shape to a trim 220 lbs ripped like the rock and benching over 400 lbs with a 4.4 40. I just started taking photographs of me holding my catches and would like to share them with you. The easiest way would be for you to check out my myspace account with over 20 very large bass so far this year. I will attach a couple recent photos. The tournament side of things is just beginning for me do to a lack of cash flow I dint own a boat, through gods good will I discovered non boater tournaments through the ABA and will be attending this weekend on lake waconia in Minnesota. My passion is overwhelming, if I do not become a pro fisherman then I am not the man I always wanted to be. My name is DAVID JOSEPH GILBERT, I would be forever grateful if you were to help me make my dream come true. Thank you and god bless.
I would LOVE to become a pro angler so I read your article and a few others from different pro anglers and I just have 2 questions of you. First, I have been fishing every second I have off since I was 12 (im now 20). I've speant every minute trying to master the art of the texas rigged worm, and after 8 years i can say im decent with it. however, i have never reallly used many other lures. My question is this. Are there people in the pro's who stick to one just type of lure, and they just know how to use them in every situation, or do you pretty much have to know how to use a huge variety of lures? Second, I live in colorado (where bass lakes seem to be rare) and usually only hear about bass in local ponds. i was just wondering if you have any experince here on any lakes where decent size bass are (close to Denver if possible if not i would still love to hear where they are). ive checked reports, but colorado seems to only be obsessed with trout. im looking for the BASS! thanks for your time! i really appreciate it!
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