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granjuiceymoose

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I am 16 and at the moment at college (its a waste of time wouldn't recommend it to any1) i have always wanted to fish as a career and the only way that seems possible is to become a serious match angler. I already Fish a lot of my club matches and do quite well. Should i start to fish the venues such as woodlands so when i go into the opens i already have a general idea as to what to expect. I know a lot of the lads on here are match lads so any advice would be great.

Tight lines [:D]
 

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Stick to your College work and save fishing for days off, don't want to be a pesimist (is that how you spell it?!) but to make a career out of Angling, actually match fishing for a career is almost impossible, the only guy in the North East that actually lives off sponsorship deals and magazine articles etc is Alan Scothorne and he only gave up his joinery job after his second world championship win 3 yrs ago. Also helps that his wife fishes for the England Ladies and owns the biggest fishing clothing manufacturer in the country!

It's good to have dreams, it's all I ever wanted to do.

Your best bet if you are that passionate about fishing is to do business studies/retail studies at college and perhaps open a chain of fishing tackle shops and employ other people to work for yo so you can go fishing everyday[:D] another good job in the 'trade' would be an area rep for a big tackle company.

As for progressing with match fishing, start fishing club matches with a club that enters a team into leagues and national championships, if you are doing well in the club matches you should get spotted and asked to join their team. If you then start doing well and coming back with good results fishing against better teams then the chances are you will get a name for yourself and possibly 'poached' to go to a better team and work your way up the ladder that way. None of the big name's eg the one's that fish for England etc specialise on certain venues or a style of fishing, they all fish for sponsored teams.

It's great winning an event but when your in a team and the team win it's even better!

Keep fishing those matches and enjoy [:D]

Lee Saville - Colmic Team Ossett

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Absolutely stay in school. Boring though it is at times, you will do lots better with paper saying you have credentials.

Over here fishing for various pred species has allowed some anglers to make a full-time living as professionals. Bass mainly but now pike, crappie have been added to the mix.

But your odds would be better if you set out to make a living playing a sport of some sort as a professional. Bass angling, for instance, has maybe 50 people making a good living from winnings and sponsorships. And that is with at least 5000 who compete at a national level and at least 50000 who compete in regional events and would do the national ones if they could qualify.

The other problem I could see is that a professional angler fishes as his/her job. Feel good, feel bad, weather good, weather bad, you still have to fish. No way can you enjoy it when you have to do it and do well all the time.

Personally I'd much rather fish for fun.

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Mikey

As far as fishing the opens at Woodlands, I really wouldn't bother - for a start if you're on the old match lakes (Dragonfly, Swallow or Mallard) you're going to need a 16-18m pole to compete.

If you look in Angling Times you'll see the same names finishing in the money almost every week, those guys almost live on the venue and to be honest you can't compete with them.(Well you can but it'll cost you an awful lot of money before you start picking up even the odd section win)

You'd be better off joining a couple of the local clubs that have club matches on there (and the other local commercial venues). It's still a fairly high standard of match angling but its a lot friendlier and the other anglers will help you out with advice etc. - unlike the open events which can be real cut-throat affairs at times.

Try joining Wilton AC (I know they have matches at Woodlands and the Oaks) or ourselves (Stokesley AC). We've got matches at Renney Lake and Brafferton Fisheries this year.

Tight Lines

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Dont let the pessimists put you right off fishing as a carreer but since your at college anyway you might consider journalism (fishing ofcourse) as a realistic way of earning a crust while still enjoying our sport.[:)]
 

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..... or fish breeding, or fishery management ...... or fishery ownership when you have some money under your belt.

On lighter note, there's always rat extermination or signal crayfish trapping (which incidently you currently need to be licensed for). [:D][:D][:D]

I agree with everybody else, keep the qualifications coming while you're young. Much harder, so I'm told, to get them when your older. [;)]

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Good points there Gran, stick to the college, work hard and play at leisure [:)]

I've yet to come across anyone who makes a living purely fishing and if you did manage to do so you'd more than likely find that your interest would wain as it became more of a job than a pleasure.
Later on in life say in semi retirement when kids have left home, mortgages paid off and wife run off with milkman (eutopia [:D]) you could make some money to support a pension or investments, but not early on.

As for Fishery Management, been there and got the T-Shirt - it was brilliant when I didn't need spare money in my pocket but once reality dawns and the novelty wears off you then start to realize that minimum agricultural wages don't get you far in life and as in all good jobs, the pay is cwap [:)]



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granjuiceymoose

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Cheers lads. Well i was gonna get through college before i started anyways, always have A levels to fall back on then. Deffo have to join some more clubs and try to fish for a team [;)] Thanks for the advice [:D]

Tight lines [:D]
 
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