A young guy I know fresh out of college that fishes semi-pro bass tournaments lost his main sponsor about eight months ago and, basically, this caused him to quit bass fishing entirely. He hasn’t gone out once since he was dropped. It was a complicated scenario that had nothing to do with his performance, but still, it made him jaded. I actually see this happening to youth bass tournament fishermen often now, more so since bass fishing tournaments are highly involved in high schools and colleges. As much as I love the idea of youth participation, it leads me to believe that there is an element of “cart before the horse” here with these kids, especially since the younger guys are instantly becoming reliant on boats and equipment that’s super expensive, much of which is not fully theirs and is provided by unreliable sponsors or through risky loans. Since I’ve kind of come full circle with this competition bass fishing thing, I often pose these questions to young adults facing this scenario in hopes that they maintain their love of bass fishing and keep the sponsorship and money separate from the passion.