The Minnow Bucket
Have you ever thought about entering a pro-am tournament as an amateur? I have, and I’m glad that I did because every one that I entered was a great experience for me. This is a great way to not only learn how to fish, but also a great way to learn a little bit about what it’s like to be a professional fisherman.
The first one that I entered was a B.A.S.S. event. I was in way over my head to be entering one of those, but it really didn’t matter how good of a fisherman I was. The professionals they paired me with were all fantastic people and they took great care of me. Thankfully I'm used to being in a boat all day and I'm fit enough to handle all the physical demands of fishing in a tournament. I knew that they expected me to be able to keep up to and get along with each of my professionals.
What I didn’t know at the time was that there were local pro-am events that I could have entered at a fraction of the cost of the “Big League” events. They hold them on some of the lakes that you may already be familiar with in your own area. These days you can just look them up on the web. It was a little harder to find out about them when I started.
I was really surprised at how much I learned from fishing in these events. What I discovered was that even though I had done so much reading, watching videos, and doing my own fishing, I still needed other fishermen to show me things about fishing. Haven’t you ever noticed how some things just don’t seem to make sense unless someone shows you how to do it? It boosted my self-confidence to find out that I was doing many things right and I was able to see how other anglers were doing things a little bit differently.
They showed me lots of things that I had never thought of before. It was like brain expansion therapy and it got me thinking outside of my own little fish bowl of ideas.