Well as I still wait on a response my fishing team has compiled a small resume of our past performance. This year will be our second as a team and have locked in several tournaments that we r fishing. We have not won a tourney yet but have a few top 10's even got invited to nationals. We also set a state record in the blackfin tuna class at a local fishing rodeo. I guess my question is r these the things that will help getting a sponsor?
Great answer Dan! I get this question many times a year. Everyone wants to be paid to fish and it simply does not work this way. Sponsorships have tightened up with the economy. Anglers must work harder than ever to stay in the sport of competitive bass fishing. It's tough trying to break into the sport in these difficult times. You either need to win some major events and capitalize on the promotions...or start working with product reps and work your way up. It's still very doable but guys need to know there’s a lot more to being a pro angler than the fishing part. I don't want to sound negative it's a GREAT sport and one that takes working at like everything else. Wishing all newcomers the best of luck, we need new blood in the sport to grow. See you on the water
Great answers by Dan Morehead and Gary Dobyns. Ask yourself why the company you are approaching would want to work with you and how you could benefit them by promoting and selling their products. Always remember that carrying yourself with integrity and class will go a long way in building your reputation with sponsors, even when you have bad days and don't feel well. There are times when pros only have 1 fish to bring to the scales, and finish at the bottom of the standings - it's during those times when you still have the opportunity to promote your sponsors and do the job that they want you to do in communicating with the public. Never give up and keep after it!
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I agree with all of the above - and I will try to expound a little.
First - look at the products that you believe in and the companies that you trust. I started with Evinrudes when I was young (still have my Grandfathers Evinrude) and my first tourney rig was powered by Evinrude. Certain Evinrude will also power my last!
Look where others aren't looking - all of the endemics (companies inside the fishing industry) get bombarded with requests. Look outside of fishing - A chiropractor that has helped make your life more comfortable? An auto dealer that is trust worthy and has been fair to deal with? Your insurance agent that has taken care of your needs fairly?
Try interviewing potential Promotional Partners ( I use this word instead of sponsors) and ask them a few questions:
Then simply deliver everything you promised honestly and professionally.
Hopes this helps - and keep the questions coming!