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Andrew Upshaw

Andrew Upshaw

Andrew Upshaw of Hemphill, Texas, teamed with Ryan Watkins to win the 2011 Mercury College B.A.S.S. National Championship for Stephen F. Austin, then edged Watkins for the first Bassmaster Classic berth from the collegiate series.

Today I sat down and decided to write my next blog, and to be honest nothing came to mind. My mind was really overwhelmed by work.

See I don’t have your normal fisherman job on the side; however, my job is just as demanding as the sport of bass fishing. While I sit here and write this, a number of things are running through my mind job-wise, and fishing-wise.

I now have a grown-up job, so to speak, and quite frankly it’s amazing! Yes, I said amazing, because it is. I work for a company that is outside the sport of bass fishing yet directly involves many bass fishermen on the recreational side.

Today I’m going to talk about picking a job that works with fishing, but more importantly an example of how the company I work for helps me succeed.

This is a subject that many fishermen talk about. How do they afford to fish, and in some cases, fish professionally?

I have been extremely fortunate that the company I work for is very understanding about me fishing. However, there are companies that are similar that probably wouldn’t be as understanding.

I work for is United Labor Group, LLC. It’s a division of Dilling Group, Inc., an industrial contractor with headquarters in Indiana. United Labor Group is an industrial staffing contractor that provides skilled craftsmen to industrial and select commercial contractors.

A lot of people ask me how I fit in. As a project coordinator, I get to participate in the fun part of our company. Now there are many different forms of coordinating, and for this particular job, the coordinating is even more different.

I get to work from home but do go on the road to assist in the management of all different types of trade jobs for specific contractors. I work mainly from a computer and make about a million phone calls a day. What we do is maintain and grow a database of highly qualified journeyman millwrights, electricians, welders, and many other trade jobs. It’s a rewarding job because I get to help someone acquire a much-needed job.

So you ask how does that involve fishermen? A lot of these guys I find work for are anglers. Many of them have use their specific trade to be able to fish and in some cases work months at a time just so they can take a few weeks or a month or two off to fish.

Now you ask how this kind of job benefits someone trying to fish full-time or become a professional fisherman? The job I do is a very high octane and ever changing job. I do multiple things for my team and do them proudly.

There are three key things to look for when looking for a job that will allow you to fish:

  1. Working from home is a big plus. I am able to work my own schedule and it allows me to have time to go through all my tackle and keep things super organized.
  2. Having management that understands fishing is a huge plus. So when you go and talk to the president of the company or maybe your boss, bring up fishing and make it well-known that you have every intention of fishing on your free time. In some cases, you can invite them along. Some people think this is bad practice, I believe it is just doing what is necessary for you to complete your goal!
  3. Always, always, always stay focused on what matters most. If fishing is your No. 1 priority and your job strictly prohibits you fishing, it’s time to move on.

A great man once told me “Son, if you’re going to have a job, at least make it one you love, no matter how much money you’re making. If you can’t go to your job and have a great time doing what you’re doing, then you’re in the wrong profession.”

This is a quote from my father, a retired football coach of more than 30 years. He never stopped doing what he loved.

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