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Old 01-21-2009, 12:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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That Sponsor thing and Pro staff thing needs to be looked at a little more carefully

Pro Staffer-- A guy who has been recognized that can benefit a manufacturer that can help a company sell baits or what ever and that person gets Freebies or discounted prices

Sponsor-- A company that recognizes a guy that pays entry fees, gas, lodging, food, equipment etc to be paid back by advertising on broadcasts (ESPN) for example, air time ( other shows and radio ) and wrapped boats and vehicles etc. This is my definition of the 2. Any body have a different opinion

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Old 01-21-2009, 02:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i also think a "sponsored" angler not only gets all of the mentioned above but also is on the payroll and get a XXX amount of $$ no matter what.
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Old 01-21-2009, 03:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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I think your right, typically for someone to get entries, gas, food....they actually in a sense work for the individual company as a salesman with an expense account. There are not too many of these deals out there, but there are lots of places that will call you a "pro-staffer" and give you something like a cost plus 10% deal on product. I have been a "prostaffer" and to be honest I would rather buy my own baits and not feel like I owe anybody anything, that way if I want to endorse something I do it because I believe it is a good product, not because I am obligated to.

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Old 01-21-2009, 05:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Then you have a lot of guys that call themselves sponsored when in fact they are Pro staff?
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Old 01-21-2009, 05:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Then you have a lot of guys that call themselves sponsored when in fact they are Pro staff?
To be or not to be, (a Patch Pirate ) that is the question
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Old 01-21-2009, 05:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I guess it depends on how much and how good you are at swinging on your "sponsors" nuts. I know with the right company most of us could do some serious canoodling.
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Old 01-21-2009, 05:58 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Then you have a lot of guys that call themselves sponsored when in fact they are Pro staff?
To be or not to be, (a Patch Pirate ) that is the question
+1 - Its good to be on the fringes...I have had companies "Thank Me" with product by helping getting them placed in a store - but always for selfish reasons.....
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Old 01-21-2009, 06:25 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I have thought long and hard over trying get sponsors and be on pro staffs. I have come to the conclusion not to seek them out. That was a hard decision considering I don't work anymore. I have decided to do it myself. I hate people telling me what to do and when to do it. It would almost make me feel like I have a pimp. I understand everybody is different and that people really enjoy being sponsored and good for them. I use to think the more sponsors the better you were. I have come to realize it just meant you were a better salesman. I like flying under the radar so to speak, no shirt, no hat, and no obligations. I remember seeing an article on steve kennedy and he only has two sponsors. One was kinami and the other was kistler. He drives a 98 ranger that he paid for. He said all he wants to do is fish and the more sponsors you get the less you do. His buddies all have to work shows while he's fishing. So it costs me a little more to fish. I am ok with that for right now.
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Old 01-21-2009, 06:44 PM   #9 (permalink)
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well if i was Steve Kennedy i would have a new boat, thats how he makes his living and im sure he could ger a boat sponsor.
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Old 01-21-2009, 07:17 PM   #10 (permalink)
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That was his point, if he got a boat deal then he would have to go and work shows. He would rather be fishing. He can get a boat deal he chooses not to.
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