While I have responded personally to a question of Outdoor Heritage Inc. in the West (here), the fact is, there has been far more conversation on the matter of a potential “low priced” (working man’s) competitive fishing circuit.  That to me shouts all you need to know about the dearth of successful pro fishing in the West.

The organizations aren’t responding to their customers. Guys out here have a better chance of stepping on a land mine in Mile Square Park, than they do of “turning pro.” But they (and me, too) still have competitive urges, and if I can go up against my neighbor’s kids, or get a shot at 50 boatloads on the local pond, I’d pay something for that opportunity.

But I don’t need a fat check if I win, and won’t rue the money spent if I lose–assuming the entry fee and related costs fit the situation. Heck, I was probably already going fishing that weekend anyway.

This attitude doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a new boat or cool tackle and lures. But for now, that’s what “the market” (that’s you all, us guys, or however you want to ID them) wants. Yeah. They like to compete. And they will really dig the moment if they do well.

However, that opportunity for bragging rights and even a token reward have a critical price point. And one more thing. The word professional is not in this equation.


4 Responses to “Tournament orgs have to know their customers”

by Kevin Linehan

Amen to that!

The niche for the working man could very well be the club with a mission statement that includes keeping entry fees low enough that you might invite a fellow competitor to share your spot. An entry fee low enough that no member would want to skip the derby because of the entry. If you can’t find a budget club, you can start one. Anybody that thinks they are going to be KVD or is only in it for the money can find a hand willing to reach out and take their entry fee.

Click on Kramer’s earlier answer to why the misguided Outdoor Heritage thing didn’t work. But re-read the last line in Kramer’s answer several times until it sinks in … They should have known it was doomed to fail. Many years ago, I did the Duran “No mas” move when it became obvious that western bass anglers are all about talk and little about doing the walk. In good conscience, I could simply no longer defend a league of cowards. Not only do they not respond to significant competition, they run from it. This even happens in local weekend tournaments when they snivel about anglers who should be fishing in “pro” events and not beating up on them, the weak sisters. As Brother Kramer said, the word “professional” does not factor into the conversation. Quit pretending. Go out, fish and enjoy the sport. Quit insisting on how good you are, how good the competition is out west, how if only the great anglers of the Great West could do up against the likes of those Eastern dandies. Enough!!!!

Ouch! Mike, your words are both painful and liberating at the same time. Thank you.