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Pro Staff and Sponsors the Easy Way. At First.

Getting sponsors or being on a pro staff isn’t that hard. At first. As long as you are willing to pay for it. Here’s my sermon from the tackle box on why you shouldn’t do what I did. The outdoor industry has been growing rapidly for more...

Vegas, Sidewalk Pimps and Pro Staff Lessons

Let’s get the eye rolls out of the way. I can hear it now, “The old man is going to drone on about pro staffs again.” Hang with me on this one though. This article isn’t about pro staff guys. This article is about predatory...

So You Want To Be The Next Big Thing

Most kayak anglers who have a YouTube Channel, a blog, a TV appearance or have some photos published get asked all the time how to be sponsored. They want to be the next big thing. They will literally ask, “How do I become like…” and...

Prostaff: Doing it Wrong

The kayak fishing world is full of prostaffers. Every kayak company, bait maker, clothing company, manufacturer of kayak related goods and other miscellaneous product manufacturer seems to have a pro staff, team, ambassador program or promotional group. We have so many prostaffers running around that...

10 Things Every Pro Staffer Should Know

Between learning the hard way, following mentors and seeing the dumpster fires ablaze on the internet, I’ve learned a couple of things about being a pro staffer. Sometimes pro means “professional”, usually it means “promotional”. I’m not going to argue that here because these points work...

Sponsorship from a Tackle Company's Perspective

You have the talent, drive, and ambition to climb to the top of the professional fishing circuit, but to get there you are going to need help. That’s understandable. Competitive angling is expensive, and most serious tournament anglers require some assistance along the way. Sooner...

Pro Staff Casualties in an Imaginary War

This is a story based in fact but for these purposes is fictionalized. I’ll have some advice after story time. Battle lines have been drawn. A command has been handed down. I have to comply or be banished. It’s not military combat though. It’s not...

Insider Look at Pro Staff Inquiries

Insider Look at Pro Staff Inquiries

As a pro staff director I field emails, messages and texts all day about people wanting to be on the HOOK 1 Crew or Team. I also get plenty of inquiries about how to get on a pro staff.When considering anyone for a position I...

Duck Dynasty and Freedom of Speech

Duck Dynasty and Freedom of Speech

Photo Courtesy of benswann.com It’s been all over the news. Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty said some things that his employer, A&E, suspended him for. I have seen lots of takes from both sides that have seemingly polarized the country. The right, the left and...

Want to Be Sponsored? Think About This…

Want to Be Sponsored? Think About This…

A topic that comes up all the time with fishermen is sponsors. Some people are for it, some people against it and others are curious. These are my thoughts on the subject. Love them, hate them, add to them or don’t. It’s all ok because...

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