How To Get Pro Fishing Sponsorships
You need to Ask Youself 3 Questions Before Trying to Get Pro Fishing Sponsorships!
If getting sponsored by a major company for fishing were easy then everyone would be wearing the cool shirt, jackets and using the free fishing rods and reels. Unfortunately it’s not easy but it can be done.
As in all things you have to start small and work your way up the ladder. You need to ask yourself three major questions though before you approach potential sponsors. The first one is “are you a marketer?” Fishing equipment and boat manufacturing companies want fisherman who can market their products. If you don’t have some charisma, an outgoing personality or some selling chops then what are you bringing to their table?
The second question you need to ask yourself is “can you speak professionally?” I don’t mean speaking on stage in front of thousands of people. What I am talking about is can you speak intelligently and with confidence? If you talk like you only graduated from the 6th grade and every word out of your mouth is a curse word then forget about it.
Companies want fisherman who can speak in front of others and to the camera in a professional manner and in a way that promotes their products and does not offend anyone who might be listening.
The third question is “are you promoting products you’re using even when not sponsored?” This is what gets sponsors attention. When they see guys using their equipment and promoting it without being sponsored they get excited! There is no better way to get your foot in the door than by promoting even when you’re not on the payroll.
If you have answered yes to those three questions then it’s a matter of starting with local club tournaments and fishing to win. Then moving up to higher level fishing tournaments as you keep winning.
The next step is to send in your resume just as you would be sending one in to a potential employer. You would want to highlight your fishing tournament accomplishments, the equipment you use and let them know how you would be an asset to their organization.
Follow up a few weeks later with phone calls. Stay in touch, be professional at all times and keep winning fishing tournaments and promoting the equipment you use.