RE: Tour pros at lower levels I know that many won't like it, but as long as entry fees are involved and a man or woman puts up the money, how do you have a legitimate gripe? This is the problem with "professional" bass fishing. In what other professional sports do contestants have to pay an entry fee? I could buy the best set of golf clubs Tiger Woods ever used and pay for it with one box of crankbaits.
In no way should an Elite or FLW Tour pro have to pay an entry fee. How is it that since the economy has bounced back from 2008, entry fees have gone up, but no increase in the payout? These guys keep paying for the largest portion of the money they fish for $742,500 is paid by pro contestants for each FLW event alone, $594,000 for B.A.S.S. Add up what the purse is for each tournament and subtract it. Yeah, they throw a little back for each sanctioning body's championship, but throw that into the equation and see what they fork out to make up the difference at the end of the year. By corporate standards, it ain't much!
Employee compensation, road crews, TV contracts, corporate sponsors, etc. all add up too. Someone did let the "cat out of the bag" as to what it cost for B.A.S.S. to come to town per Lake Martin? In no way can they claim to be professional with entry fees involved ... I'm beating a dead horse!