RE: Pro angler survey _ To all of you who are against the Elites and FLW Tour not having co-anglers, I only have one question for you: Do the B.A.S.S. Opens and Rayovacs not still allow co-anglers? Do the BFLs, ABA and many other lower-level circuits not also allow co-anglers?
These are supposed to be the professional divisions. Many of these guys started at the club level or BFL division and won many tournaments on their way to becoming a pro (although some simply began in Opens in boats their parents bought and had their entry fees paid by parents and only had to concentrate on fishing until they qualified, but that's a whole different post) and if the only thing that changed by becoming a pro was a higher entry fee then we can hardly consider it a pro sport.
Co-anglers are not pros and there are hundreds, if not thousands of tournaments all over the country that allow co-anglers to compete. I've done dozens of tournaments as a co-angler, yet I'm 100 percent against them being allowed to compete on the FLW Tour or Elite Series.