60, Day 3
Funding The Fishing
NOTE: Sam Swett of Covington, Louisiana, has fished on the B.A.S.S.
professional bass circuit for 10 years. Avid fishermen in his home state
know him as an expert knowledgeable bass angler.
Question: You fished the pro-am tournament. Too,
instead of fishing through club tournaments and trying to build up your
fishing knowledge, ability and reputation, you went straight to the national
tournaments. Then you fished as an amateur. How long did you sit in the
backs of the boats?
Answer: Actually I just fished one year. After the first year,
Ranger Boats heard that I'd beaten nine pros out of the back of the boat
and saw that I had bass-fishing potential. Ranger approached me and put
me on their national team. Then B.A.S.S. invited me to fish on the organization's
invitational side, which provided the first step to recognition as a national
Did Ranger pay your entry fee at that time?
Answer: No, Ranger provided me with product. I got a great discount
on the boat, used the boat and later sold the boat and bought a new one.
Question: Where did you get the money to fish
Answer: At the beginning, the money came from my own pocket. I had
my own business building portable buildings for 10 years. I tried to save
as much money as I could because I knew the expense involved with fishing
the B.A.S.S. circuit.
Question: What does each year cost to fish on
the B.A.S.S. circuit?
Answer: Presently I spend approximately $40,000 in cash per year
fishing the circuit.
How much do you figure you make, or have you made any money yet?
Answer: Right now, I break even. If I win any money on the circuit,
basically I make a profit. So, I never count that because you never can
count your tournament winnings. That's the gambling part of fishing.
Question: But you break even because of the sponsors
you've got, right?
Tomorrow: Serving The Sponsors