Of course, it’s easy. Just fish every weekend at the same lake and when the tournament comes to town, go collect. Of course, when you’re busy divining every acre of the local pond, how will you also be able to get up to speed on all the other tour lakes?

Just for drill, I picked out 25 spots from the FLW Hartwell contest to see who it was that wasn’t getting all the glory or a check for their efforts. In that grouping, here’s who I found: Charlie Evans (yeah, that Charlie Evans); Kevin Hawk (that Kevin Hawk); Larry Nixon (the one and only); Mike Reynolds (Top 40 lobby object); Dion Hibdon (Classic winner); Thanh Le (sounds familiar); George Cochran (former 2-time  World Champion); and B.A.S.S. veterans Clark Wendlandt, Rob Kilby, Mark Rose and Terry Baksay.

And where were these notables in the standings? They finished between  78th to 100th place–all out of the money. And still, when the next scheduled tour stop comes up, these guys will all be there–because that’s how a fishing career works.

I’ve always said, there is nothing harder than to win a tournament. But when I look at this group of finishers, I’m thinking, it might be even harder to get back in the boat and do it again after a thrashing on a totally different body of water.


One Response to “How hard is it to be a tournament pro?”

Good point George. It’s dang hard. Everyone has a bad day and to be able to pick yourself up after a dump requires a different type of person.

To be a pro also requires backing – something not many have. Most of the anglers you mentioned have backing so if they flub one event, they’re not worried about paying the gas bill to get home. Others, on the other hand, aren’t so fortunate.