New National Professional Fishing League Launching in 2021
Is Tournament Fishing Being Oversaturated? Who knows. but for not let’s enjoy the ride and welcome the National Professional Fishing League.
In case you haven’t heard, a new tournament was announced. Called The National Professional Fishing League, this tour is set to commence in 2021 and is deemed “the tournament for the working angler”.
Since their announcement, the new trail has been met with mixed reactions, with some saying it is good to have another trail they can participate in, and others complaining how it will saturate the market in terms of sponsorship dollars and angler participation.
Do we really need another tournament trail?
In short, the answer is no. What BASS, MLFLW (still sounds weird) has done is amazing. Feeder systems, rising payouts, loyal followers, and exciting tournaments are at our fingertips almost every weekend. And if you are interested in fishing tournaments there is sure to be one or more happening near you sometime soon.
So, why start another tournament trail now and after all that has happened in the fishing industry this past year? That’s a wonderful question to ask and one that we may never know the answer to. Perhaps the video below with the tournament majority owner Al McCulloch might answer some of your questions.
The National Professional Fishing League has an uphill battle if it wants to take a slice of the tournament fishing pie, and it will take a few years to understand if this trail is sustainable. We will have to see if competing anglers are willing to take a chance on a trail with a 5K entry fee, not to mention forgoing the proven opportunities provided by the two other major circuits.
In the meantime, enjoy the state of fishing right now. It is growing ever so slowly, and non-endemic sponsors are starting to take notice to the sport we love. A new trail will only add to the excitement and give anglers more chances to compete on the water.
If you are confident that your fishing ability surpasses those of your peers, this fishing league may be your chance at fame. Although they say the trail will be fishable by both BASS and MLFLW anglers, I don’t see them spending the extra cash for an unproven system. Meaning the field will be wide open for anglers looking to build a career in fishing.
Let’s be clear. We do not need another tournament trail, however one more will not hurt. And if you play your cards right it may be an opportunity you shouldn’t let pass by.