What It Takes
The incident illustrates Beattie's primary service role at the tournament and offers insight to the pressure-filled life of a pro angler. The 2017 Bassmaster Elite series features 10 four-day tournaments, open to only 111 anglers who have earned an invitation to fish at this top level of the sport, most by winning in the semipro Bassmaster Open series. The participation fee for the season is $48,000. Only those who place in the top 70 in season points requalify for the Elite series next season. The winner of each Elite tournament takes home $100,000. The purse pays down to $10,000 for 50th place, but the field is cut to 50 anglers after two days, and only 12 fish on Sunday. The points leader at the end of the season becomes the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year and wins $100,000. The top 39 in Elite series points earn a berth in next year's GEICO Bassmaster Classic, where they'll fish for a top prize of $300,000 plus contingencies, and the ability to earn that amount many times over in sponsor and appearance fees.