I would like to ask the question, why is it that so many of these pros who do not like the little guys are, year in and year out, still allowed to go down in the ranks and cherry-pick the BFLs and smaller team-trail tournaments? Talk about discouraging the entry-level guys! We have been showing up for years only to see Casey Martin, Alex Davis, Charley Hartley, etc., pot-shottting little tournaments and winning good sums of money, then bragging about how fun it is to fish with the good ol' boys and get gas money for their next event. Makes it hard to swallow when you know they're pros on the water 5 to 6 days a week while you're at work. How are we supposed to (as entry-level working men) keep enthused about donating to them?
BassFan says: The only way to eliminate such a practice is for the tournament organizations to disallow the participation of professionals. It's simply not fair to ask a pro angler to pass on a money-making opportunity for altruistic reasons remember, unlike many other sports, they're not guaranteed a salary, and they have bills to pay just like most weekend competitors do. Many club-level anglers enjoy the occasional chance to compete against pros, and in fishing (unlike golf or a lot of other sports), the amateur stands at least a small chance of beating them once in awhile.