Westernbass Magazine - FREE Bass Fishing Tips And Techniques - Winter 2016, Page 39

Westernbass Magazine - FREE Bass Fishing Tips And Techniques - Winter 2016, Page 39

bama, that I could relate to what they were saying.

My wife and I filed for an extension on our 2014 tax year, and just this past October 15, we finally filed our taxes with the help of our accountant. While we were going through our expenses, we had to separate our move to Alabama from the rest of the expenses for a specific form the government required. It was funny to look at the list

of outlays from our cross country move,

and how it gave me a perspective on what

it must be like to travel the country as a

professional angler. Outside of the rental

truck and trailer costs, and the fuel that the

26-foot loaded down beast and the extra

trailer required, our expenses were quite

similar to a professional angler.


While I drove the moving

truck and trailer, my wife drove

my Dodge pickup with the bass

boat in tow. For 2400 miles,

the AdvancedAngler.com rig

sped along Highway 20 at an

average of 70 miles per hour. The

fuel mileage on that setup was

alarmingly low. I will say this, after

making that trek, if I were to do it

more frequently, I would certainly

be purchasing a diesel powered


The rig averaged about 11 miles

to the gallon, and with a 26 gallon

fuel tank, the range was less than

300 miles towing the boat with

additional weight from tackle and

paraphernalia in the bed. We filled

that rig up nine times at an average of $2.79 a gallon in July of last year. We spent nearly $700 in fuel on just


that rig getting from Northern California to Northern Alabama.


Then you add

hotel rooms at an

average of $65

each per night, and

food at another $40 per day for one person, and that totals an additional $565. So, if I were keeping score for one person, it would have cost me nearly $1300 to take my rig across the country one time.

I told a few of those professional angler friends of mine that I had a new perspective on what it takes for them to do their jobs. While it was only one trip across the country for me, they end up doing that the equivalent of 10 times per year on average. Add nearly $47,000 in entry fees for an Elite Series pro, and other expenses, and these guys spend more than most people ever make in a year – just to go to work.

FLW Tour pros only have things slightly

better. Their expenses will go up with the

addition of two extra fall tour events this

year as well.

This is where things get real.


In order for an angler to cover all of his expenses each year on a tour level circuit, he or she needs to cash a check in more than 66-percent of their events. Given the fact that the base paycheck for a tour level earner is $10,000 per event, if they cashed six checks on the Elite Series, they would lose money. If they cashed four checks on the FLW Tour, they would just barely break even.


The average times an Elite Series pro cashes a check each season is