If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a professional fisherman but never acted on it, now is the perfect time to learn. Being passionate is the priority, but passion alone is not enough especially when it comes to becoming a professional fisherman. You will have to adopt other virtues along with being smart to pick up the decision and applying it.
Below is a list of ten tips that will help guide you toward your goal.
- Decide the Arena – There are three areas you can choose from for your specialty. This can be charter guide, offshore commercial fisherman, or tournament fisherman. This can be a bit tough to take decision upfront but as you become experienced, you will know where you are better at and how to get it done.
- Study the Behavior of the Fish – You will have to learn all about the habitats, feeding, and mating patterns of the fish you’re trying to catch. There is no alternative of studies. Even the most successful persons in this industry are learning new things and trying to adopt with it.
- Invest in Proper Equipment – Once you step into the world of professional fishing there are certain items that you’re going to need. These include a variety of different sized fishing poles, nets, hooks, shovels, and spears. Quality equipment is going to expensive thus investing in the right way is going to be crucial.
- Join a Club – Fishing clubs offer a wealth a of knowledge if you’re interested in becoming a tournament fisherman. Listen to what all of the senior fishermen have to share. Building networking is another important thing to do.
- Sponsors – Nabbing a sponsor (or a few more) is the most important part of advancing your career as a professional fisherman since they can not only save you money but make you money as well. This is rather tough to arrange sponsor when you are attending in a tournament for the very first time and you are an unfamiliar face.
- Endorsements – This is where all the real money is. Simply market yourself to a local bait and tackle store near your home. You won’t make much money but you will put your name out there for others to see.
- Get Proper Training – If you seek a life as a commercial fisherman, the US Coastguard offers classes that will allow you to get the right certifications.
- Fishing Technology – Learn everything you can about hand-operated tools and electronic equipment used in the fishing industry.
- Employment – If being a commercial fisherman is your dream, you’ll start as a deckhand before advancing further.
- Get Licensed – Licenses are required for commercial fishing and they vary by area.