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Old 03-06-2020, 04:35 PM
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I see all these instagram pages for "fishing teams" - mostly big CCs. Are these friends who just pool their money and buy boats together to fish tournaments?. Do they get sponsorships (either monetary or equipment)?

Then I also see all these beautiful sportfish boats in tournaments all around the south from the Carolinas, down to the gulf, Florida, bahamas, etc. Are these just people who are loaded sending their crews around the world to fish these tournaments? Are these charter captains who own boats and fish tournaments on the side?

So many questions.
Old 03-06-2020, 04:38 PM
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I’ve also wondered how this all works. Great question!
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Yes to all your questions.
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Some pool most just ball out.
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Careful. You've touched a nerve. In my experience. It's generally one acquaintance with loads of cash and several others with a tangentially related friend networks. Any positive cash flow, even if illegitimate, is easier to justify to the wife and accountant. I've never personally seen any fishing operation on anything but a cattle boat, that makes a dime. Or;

Lots of acquaintances who have wives that make money, and they are true POS. They run a "charter" business because their wife threatens to divorce them. Like the guy from high school that wants to make it big in a band. He's just waiting for his big break. He brings in a few hundred bucks a month during the season and says he's doing his part, and "life is hard being a guide". Really, they're just dead-beats with trapped wives.

But they are following their dreams. We are shills for sending our kids to college.
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To the Sporty's they were wealthy guys - Mickey Rupp / Rupp riggers , NuCo2 guy owned NuCo2 - soft drink gas supplier , Golfers , Michael Jordan . I knew a fella that had a bus/transportation company that had a Jim Smith . There's a lot of rich guys out there . I worked at a Marina .
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Its kinda cool for all your friends you fish with to have matching shirts and instagram pages.

Don't know about the balling out part, but we either take my boat or my friends boat and split expenses.
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Careful. You've touched a nerve. In my experience. It's generally one acquaintance with loads of cash and several others with a tangentially related friend networks. Any positive cash flow, even if illegitimate, is easier to justify to the wife and accountant. I've never personally seen any fishing operation on anything but a cattle boat, that makes a dime. Or;

Lots of acquaintances who have wives that make money, and they are true POS. They run a "charter" business because their wife threatens to divorce them. Like the guy from high school that wants to make it big in a band. He's just waiting for his big break. He brings in a few hundred bucks a month during the season and says he's doing his part, and "life is hard being a guide". Really, they're just dead-beats with trapped wives.

But they are following their dreams. We are shills for sending our kids to college.
Tell us how you really feel
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Always thought it was a cover for some sort of bro-cation. “Fishing Team”...really...?
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you need to find your self a sugar daddy
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we fish a couple of no money-low money tournaments each year. have several friends/fishing buddies that form a very loose team-fees, if any, and expenses split. typically do not have matching outfits. sometimes have a couple of loose sponsorships that may provide us a discount to use their products. am not interested in big money events for a number of reasons-mostly the pressure on team and crew members to produce and win money (takes the fun out of the fishing). have fished a number of big money tournaments in the past and have no desire to participate in the present or future.
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Matching shirts, boat wraps for the center console guys usually means heavily sponsored teams.

The big Sporties mostly private or corporate boats with big money behind them. Those are the ones with matching T-shirts with a pic of the boat and its name on them.

Like this and paying for a lot.

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Old 03-07-2020, 08:13 AM
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Nothing worse than a sponsor loaded wrap!!!

They give average at best fishermen delusions of grandeur.
Old 03-07-2020, 08:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Flatout71 View Post
Nothing worse than a sponsor loaded wrap!!!

They give average at best fishermen delusions of grandeur.
I don't think the sponsors seek the best fisherman, they just find fishermen who are willing to be promoters for the brand. If you don't hold a spinning reel upside down that's just a bonus.
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Originally Posted by OceanCommander View Post
Careful. You've touched a nerve. In my experience. It's generally one acquaintance with loads of cash and several others with a tangentially related friend networks. Any positive cash flow, even if illegitimate, is easier to justify to the wife and accountant. I've never personally seen any fishing operation on anything but a cattle boat, that makes a dime. Or;

Lots of acquaintances who have wives that make money, and they are true POS. They run a "charter" business because their wife threatens to divorce them. Like the guy from high school that wants to make it big in a band. He's just waiting for his big break. He brings in a few hundred bucks a month during the season and says he's doing his part, and "life is hard being a guide". Really, they're just dead-beats with trapped wives.

But they are following their dreams. We are shills for sending our kids to college.
Just curious, why the hate on the lucky guys married to women who want to work hard and do really well???
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There was a Blackjack at the marina I use for drystack with a wrap, “sponsor” logos and matching paint job on the motor.

He wasn’t really sponsored by anyone, just wanted people to think he was.
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Some people have businesses and wrap their company trucks, some wrap their boats and creatively use it as a write off. You don't have to be rich to do either, just make enough.
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Then some of us just do it for fun. I've never had a equal partner in the money part of it till I met the GF. Last offshore boat I had was tricked out to the max I was doing it alone called it Ultimate Assault but it was fast long and more toys than a toys or us store on it right down to a mist system which might be on there one. Just have to see but you tweek things in life always making them better for yourself or a PARTNER if your lucky enough to have one. Have two other couples we hang with , do about everything from bike riding to Mud together Hoing > we help out on expences on what ever we do. No one ever gets that used feeling we split cost 1/2 or 1/3 all the way.

Have other hobbies other than boating into pro drag racing, have a tricked out surf fishing truck, custom Harley which is the GFs favorite hobby so went wtih my last name Foster, and make a logo using my name. Team Foster Child. and I was adopted. Totally for fun and off this computer i'm the biggest nut you will ever met. Love having fun , chilling and grilling socalizing but a electronic guro. Lived on my yacht for a year had a sign on the back will work for food. Use to install everyones electronics for a slab of meat. 20 oz STEAK, bottle of booze my choise and they hosted the dock party chiling and grilling. Drinking was allowed we all walked the dock back to our homes. LOL

So Team Foster Child was born. Don't have a wrapped boat do have a wrapped race trailer , but started last night adding all the toys to this new to us boat. Bought a used hull repowered with a better motor, but not into tournaments just do it cause I enjoy fishing.
So you never know what the TEAM is all about ,,, till you ask. My logo will be on the boat , race trailer and motorcycle trailer by the end of the week but totally for fun. Kinda proud to have a cool GF that HO's to. LMAO.

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Then there’s the ones who work their way “ in”. The buy an old hull. Rebuild it. Buy a motor for it . Usually underpowered as they don’t have loads of disposable income. They enter tournaments and sometimes they zero. Then they get on a steak. They place decently. They get “ team” shirts, boat bares the team name for recognition. They fish a few years and are sure to always take pictures with their catch with the tournament logos behind them.
This goes on until they have recognition. They trade steak dinners for pinto beans. They work very hard to master their preferred technique.
Next, doors start opening. They learn how to approach potential sponsors. They have a documented resume. Within several good seasons, their top sponsors pay some or all of their entry fees. In return, the boat looks like a soda bottle, bag of chips, or whatever depending on sponsorship. Many of these guys own businesses and their businesses sponsor.
Then there’s the guys who scrounge pennies all year just to enter.

Of purse there are the guys that can ball their way all year. In my opinion they don’t last as long as the guys on bottom who love the sport and foot the bill by going broke or the fully sponsored guys.


passion drives the sport of, let’s say it, king mackerel tournament fishing. Very much a passion driven sport. Lots of planning, hard work, and heartbreak goes into getting in.

There is a business side to it. If you are underfunded, fish hard( and wear fish hard gear,🤣&#129315 build a resume win, place high, it like any other sport.

cream rises to the top. Top being top approx. 150 guys.

Cant overstate how much love these guys have for the sport. Competition is tough.

Many of the guys with the big fish sticks I call them( multi powered center consoles, did not start out that way. Most started broke or atleast not wealthy. What they had was/is passion. They fished hard and made a way for themselves.

Takes commitment. Takes financial sacrifice. My take on it is that it’s not so much a gamble of you fish every event and max out Calcutta’s. If you know what to do, eventually the law of averages will catch up and you will place in the money. It’s a gamble if you only show up to fish a time or two a year.

The fairly new Kingfish Cup has an awesome format and has taken kingfishing to a new level.
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Originally Posted by Flatout71 View Post
Nothing worse than a sponsor loaded wrap!!!

They give average at best fishermen delusions of grandeur.

You don't have to be a super great fisherman to get sponsored at a high level. You do have to be an ambassador to the product and the sport. There can be significant savings in product and opportunity but it comes with a trade off.

You also don't get something for nothing. Between boat shows, dealer meetings, promotional meetings factory visits, photo shoots and a variety of other things that take up your time away from fishing. MIBS was 7 days by itself. You also have to be careful as people are always gunning for you as they want a piece of the action they think you have.

Never had any of my own personal boats wrapped and never would as I prefer to try and run under the radar on my guide boats as much as possible.
Oh, I forgot to mention it's easy to spend 2K on a wrap on a bay boat after the design and install.
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