It’s been just over 30 years since water levels were high like they are today, so how has the bass fishing been?
After a disappointing finish in the 2007 B.A.S.S. Southern Opens, Edwardsburg, MI angler Mickey Thomas is hungry and confident he’ll show measurable progress in 2008.
How do you become a professional fishermen? “Patience! Patience! Patience!” is the answer 34 year-old professional angler Mickey Thomas of Edwardsburg, Michigan offers.
I’d like to begin by giving credit for the idea of local sponsorship to Scott Rauber the author of Fish for Free. A couple of years ago a friend and I were kicking around the idea of tournament fishing. We heard about an up and coming tournament being sponsored by a local radio station and we decided to sign up.
Few of us get to fulfill childhood dreams of playing Major League Baseball or fishing professionally; however, it’s those few that do come true that keep us fantasizing. Close to home and a new source of inspiration is Mickey Thomas of Edwardsburg, Michigan.
Now that we’re at the tail end of the unofficial sponsorship season (roughly October through March), many of the techniques and approaches to gaining a sponsorship are still fresh in my mind.
COMMUNICATE – A lot of problems can be ironed out with a question. Like after the boater misses a fish “Do you mind if I throw in there?” I’ve offered my baits up first thing in the morning; by saying “If you need anything just ask.”
I was pleasantly shocked the next morning when I was called off as boat number 2. Larry was boat number 3. That doesn’t normally happen and boosted my confidence. The guys at Top Bass did their best to get us out quickly since we could see boats coming across the lake from the other tournaments as we launched.
My good friends and regular fishing partners Derek Baetz and Larry Dekker talked me into giving the Top Bass circuit a try this year. Top Bass has an interesting format in that you fish by yourself – so everyone is a guaranteed boater.