By Jim Gildea
October 9, 2014
Tournament fishing typically follows a logical progression. You start out fishing for fun, then join a club and fish one-day club tournaments. Next, you move up to fishing multi-day events, usually a Fed Nation or TBF state Qualifier or a Divisional. Eventually, if you have what it takes, you transition to a full-time pro with sponsors, a wrapped boat and truck, and a nice paycheck (in theory).
Where folks seem to struggle the most is the move from the one-day club tournament to the multi-day event. There are lots of club anglers who hammer their club in one day events but don’t do as well as you’d expect when they try to move up.