Let the offseason begin!

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Brent Chapman

Brent Chapman

Brent Chapman is the 2012 Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year.

With the season officially over, it's time to start working the second part of our job. Fishing is really only a small part of what we do as professional anglers. Beyond the fishing, we have sponsors to take care of, we need to sell the boat and order a new one and so much more.

Last week, I had a chance to visit Cequent Products. Almost every boat owner uses their products. Cequent Products is the parent company to Fulton Performance, Reese Hitches and several other companies, all of which are leaders in trailer components like winches, trailer jacks, couplers, trailer lighting and tow hitches. I flew out to Arizona to speak with them personally and get to know the people who engineer, market and sell these great products.

This week I'm headed out to Wright & McGill and TroKar to discuss new products for next year. I'm looking forward to seeing what they have planned and working with them on some ideas I have, as well.

Then there's the boat. Luckily, Tritons are easy to sell, so it sold quickly, but now I have to get it ready. Wraps do a great job of promoting our sponsors and giving each of us some branding while we travel around the country. They also protect the boat from the sun and the basic wear and tear of use. That's the good side. The bad side is that they're a pain to remove. I've spent a couple of days pulling off the wrap and cleaning the boat up for the new owner.

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