Not the title you would expect here, huh? Well, let me tell you…….I have learned more about Bass Fishing Tournaments in the last two weeks than I EVER cared to know.
See, Number One Son has decided he wants to be a professional bass fisherman. Yep, we are talking Bass Master Classic level dreams. So, his father and I have embarked upon the path by which we help make this dream a reality. We’ve researched, read web pages until we have turned blue in the face, looked at the cost (YIKES!), and are now to the point of ordering professional fishing jerseys. He’s got his partner, he’s got his boat (or one of his sponsor’s boats), he’s got his baits, his rods, his reels. Mom and Dad have got a BIG headache. LOL
Let me say this; it’s CONFUSING! There’s this club to join and that club to join. Then there’s sponsors. Ever tried to get sponsors for teenagers? I am SO proud of my son and his partner. They accomplished the near impossible. Number One Son and his partner have SEVEN, yes SEVEN sponsors! And we are talking GOOD sponsors. Some are even PAYING sponsors while others have given free or discounted goods. And yes, Mommy Dearest and Grandmommy Dearest are also sponsors (through our Etsy stores).
Their first high school tournament is in June. In preparation, they have joined a local adult fishing club and are fishing those local tournaments as practice for the big upcoming high school tournaments. There are three huge ones coming up…..and none are near us.
What does that mean? It means Mommy Dearest gets to figure out how to pay for hotel rooms, meals, gas, and other necessities for two-day fishing tourneys. Luckily, his partner’s parents are on-board with this and will pay half the cost. It may mean a lot of doubling up in hotel rooms, but we want to give the kids every chance to realize their dream.
Isn’t that what parents are for?