How to become a professional fisherman

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How to become a professional fisherman
Become a Professional Fisherman

If you are thinking about becoming a professional fisherman, first decide what arena you prefer: offshore commercial fisherman, tournament fisherman or charter guide. There's a wide range of opportunities available to you in this field. Let's look at some basic steps.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Develop your love of fishing into commitment to make a living at it. There's a difference between hobby fishing and professional fishing. It takes hard work and long hours of practice to become a professional.

  2. 2

    Study the behavior and habitat of the type of fish you plan to make your major focus. A professional fisherman needs to understand feeding and mating habits, whether you are catching fresh-water fish or marine fish.

  3. 3

    Join a local fishing club if you plan to become a professional tournament fisherman. Watch the senior members. Seize every opportunity to fish with them. Learn from them. Club membership can help you get into the tournament circuit. Once you establish a winning track record, sponsorships will open up for you.

  4. 4

    Think about becoming a charter guide if you want to fish for a profession. Increase your skills and knowledge about fishing. Opportunities can open up at coastal resorts. Charter boats seek professional fishing guides for their clients.

  5. 5

    Consider commercial fishing if you enjoy the sea. If you are the adventurous type, the Professional Fish Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador can help get you certified as a professional. Commercial fishing provides food for the community. It's a valuable service and can give you a sense of pride and job satisfaction. There's also a certain level of job security. People need to eat.

Tips and warnings

  • Contact the Professional Fish Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador if you are considering a career as a professional sea fisherman.
  • Prepare to spend some money before you make money as a professional tournament fisherman. Entering tournaments can be expensive. Amounts vary, depending on whether it's a weekend, one-day or one-week tournament.

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