Fishing with the Texas Angler
So you want to be a professional fisherman? Perhaps a fishing guide or better yet, a touring pro on the bass circuit. My advice, think again.
To many people, the life of a fishing professional seems to be one that is full of all fun and hardly any work. All you do is get paid to fish. This couldn't be any farther from the truth. That's like thinking all a professional musician does is entertain audiences with music or all a professional football player does is show up for the Sunday game.
Being a professional anything is tough, especially for fishermen. It takes a lot more than many outsiders will ever know. Super long hours each day, many times from an hour or two before sun-up to several hours after dark. Why?
Who cleans the boat? Who fuels it up, greases the wheel bearings, cleans the boat out, charges the batteries, gets things lined out for the following day? Who cleans the fish if a client wants to have them cleaned? Who spends hours behind the wheel of the truck going to and from the water?
The answer, if you haven't figured it out, is the "professional."
All the above is in addition to putting in a full day on the water, many times in conditions that only crazy people would stay out fishing in. Heavy rains, lightening bolts, bitter cold, strong winds, and yes, hot weather too will be just some of Mother Nature's obstacles a professional has to put up with. Remember all the while you're supposed to be catching fish and enjoying it. Then think about the clients you'll get. They expect to catch fish no matter what - you're a professional.
But think about the money. An average guide makes $225 a day. He must pay for his truck, boat, tackle, gas, meals and insurance before he starts fishing. Just figure it out. After paying for expenses there is hardly anything left.
The same is true for tournament fishermen.
These guys and gals fish in all kinds of conditions. Most of the time they don't catch fish and truthfully, they don't enjoy it. I know lots of these folks that wish they'd have chosen a different way to make a living. Very few profit from the circuit, Just like very few win the lottery.
So why do people want to be professional angler? Answer. They either don't have any idea what it will be like or they must not be able to make a living doing anything else.
Of course, it could be because they really like fishing, If that's it, here's some advice (especially to kids.) Get a good education, get a good job and then fish for fun.
Some folks may get confused thinking I'm putting fishing down. I'm not, What I'm trying to do is to paint a different picture of what many part- time anglers see as a great way to make a living.
Keith Warren is the host of Hunting & Outdoor Adventures and the Texas Angler television shows, both of which broadcast statewide. Catch the Texas Angler from January through June and Hunting & Outdoor Adventures from July through December on Fox Sports Southwest Cable Net work on Sunday morning at 9:30 AM CST. You can write to Keith Warren at P.O. Box 310379, New Braunfels, Texas 78131-0379 or visit on-line at www.texasangler.com.
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