It’s funny I wrote a blog a few days ago about being rejected by sponsors. I was devastated to say the least. With that said I have been having trouble sleeping the last few weeks and have spent several nights not sleeping or being up very late. I never went to sleep the other night and spent most of the night on Facebook.
I was reading some stuff about sponsorship and being on pro teams. I realized why I am worrying about sponsorship. Yeah it would be nice to have help in the fishing industry and get discounts but I fish because I love it, because when I do I feel close to God. I watched this funny clip floating around face book about guys being on pro teams and how they get on a pro team and then spend more than they would to be on it. I’ve found that I only want to partner with companies I use. I only use Vicious line and will not approach any other line companies. Just like crankbaits, 95% of the crankbaits I use are Strike Kings and I don’t care to approach other companies because I don’t want to use anything else.
I also have had this need to get a new bass boat (which is always there just more at the moment). I want to fish BFL’s and don’t know that my trusty old 1979 Ranger bass boat will do the trick. After talking to a few guys and hearing about other people fishing big tourneys in smaller Jon boats. I am feeling better about my boat. No, I don’t think I will fish BFL’s in it but with the help of my friend Josh I hope we can fix my boat up a little and make it a little better to fish from this coming season.
Even though I didn’t sleep I learned a lot. God uses all situations to help us grow. I truly did grow that night. I realized that I have a great boat. Its old, it doesn’t go as fast as the guys I fish with but it gets me fishing. I have great sponsors like JJ’s Magic, Atomic Tackle Company, BB-Lures, Inside Bass Fishing, GLCC, CenterMark Coaching, Bass Fury and Fish Bait Radio.
My wife was telling me about a conversation she had with a lady she works with that helped me gain a new perspective on my sponsors. The co-worker said it was impressive that I have lined up the sponsors I have. In this economy to her that was impressive. My wife realized that I have done a lot and when I stop and think about what her co-worker said, they are right I have done a lot. I don’t need to have a big sponsor I have a lot more than most guys.