Did you read the BassFan article yesterday about former Forrest Wood Cup champ Michael Bennett bailing from the FLW Tour because he couldn’t get a team deal. If not, it’s a good one, you should read it.
Not picking on FLW here, or Bennett whom I don’t know, just a pertinent example of one of pro bass fishing’s mysteries: What are the criteria for pros (or anyone) getting sponsorship?
Is it accolades (wins, awards)? Personality? Is it who you know? Age? Commitment? Longevity? Other sponsors of the “right” kind?
Probably all of the above and then some. Here’s how I’d rank the above factors just from what I’ve seen over the years:
1. Other sponsors of the “right” kind
Yep, we all know this one.
2. Who you know
Gotta assume that a recommendation from a “sponsoree” counts? Longevity factors in here in that you will have met a bunch of folks, and turnover is low in this biz.
Can be a positive or a negative. In some circles, if you “emit” sunshine “rearward” and keep your mouth shut, you are “our kinda guy.”
I’ve spoken to guys â€“ well-known pros, not flashes in the pan â€“ who have won the Classic and it didn’t help them…much. Crazy.
5. Everything else
Maybe age counts more for some sponsors, maybe other things count or not, etc.
Let me know if I’m missing anything here.
The bottom line is that half (or more) of the world is left scratching their heads about just what it takes, which is why every manufacturer (aka, sponsor) with a doorbell gets it rung by every fisherman who’s won a tournament, or knows someone who has.
How about some sort of methodology to this madness â€“ or maybe there is one. If so, let me know. Somehow I must’ve missed it….