Author: Bec Krojs
With the Women’s Fishing Classic just around the corner (6/5-2/6), I wanted to shine a light on something not only I am passionate about, but a group of people that BK’s Gold Coast Fishing Charters has and always will encourage to come out fishing.. we’re lookin’ at you, ladies!
As a woman who was born into a life of fishing, boating & salty adventures, I really didn’t have much say in the direction my life and hobbies would take, and aren’t I lucky for that!?
There are plenty of other girls out there who were born into the life like me, as well as others who have found their way to fishing in other ways. The fact is though, fishing hasn’t always opened its arms to women as a hobby.
But times, they are changing!
Back in the olden days (*wink*) before the internet and smart devices were such a huge part of our lives, the main ways fishos shared captures, tips & stories were mostly face to face. Blokes would share a fishing yarn at the pub or hang around boat ramps to have a chat and see what’s been on the chew, while others proudly show off their prize fish (or keep their hard earned captures & knowledge secret). A common way to share “Kodak moments” was to hang them on a brag board at the local tackle shop or have them featured in the local newspaper. Members of fishing clubs and competitions would get together at regular weigh ins and share the tales of the day.. but, the norm was for the majority to be male anglers. That’s just how it was.
In recent years, fishing has taken on a whole new light, with female anglers setting the bar in making their mark and getting hooked onto a hobby that is highly rewarding. Growing numbers of women are taking part in this outdoor activity – from freshwater dams to deep sea drop offs and everything in between – proving that both genders can be equally adept fishers! Social media platforms like Instagram and facebook provide an outlet for all fishos to share their love of the hobby, with a healthy presence of female anglers making up a large portion of the anglers, constantly inspiring more women to take up fishing themselves.
In this blog post we will explore what makes these women pursue such an endeavor and provide helpful tips along the way so you can join them out there too!
Women anglers are breaking the mould and getting involved in the sport
Throughout the first 25 of my 30 odd years on the water in a recreational and professional capacity, I have seen a slow but steady increase in the number of female anglers who are either trying fishing for the first time, taking the next steps to cast further into the hobby, or fully blown fishing nuts like myself, and it’s just great!
Fishing is no longer considered a “man’s game,” thanks to the increasing number of women anglers breaking the mould. Fisherwomen have taken to the sport with a passion, proving that they are just as skilled on the water as their male counterparts, and it seems the boys don’t mind either! Despite fishing once upon a time being considered a sport for men, most men today support and encourage women to join in on the fun.
Benefits of fishing for female anglers, including mental health, exercise and a social outlet
Fishing can provide numerous benefits for women. Not only does it offer a great form of exercise, but it can also serve as a mental health booster and social outlet. By fishing with friends or meeting new people who share the same love for the activity, female anglers can enjoy a fun and relaxing day on the water. The peaceful scenery can also serve as a way to clear your mind and recharge your batteries. So if you’re looking for a way to unwind and rejuvenate while enjoying the great outdoors, consider heading out to the water and giving fishing a try.
Common obstacles that female anglers face when entering the sport, and how they can be overcome
Entering any new sport can be nerve-wracking, but when you’re a fish out of water in a sport that is historically male-dominated, it can be particularly daunting. As well as the challenges all new anglers face when they first start out, like lack of knowledge and experience, female anglers also often worry they will not be welcome, or feel out of place.
One way to feel more comfortable and overcome these obstacles is to join a ladies fishing day. BK’s Gold Coast Fishing Charters hold regular ladies fishing trips, so keep an eye on our socials and website to see when you can join in. These events as well as social media groups and competitions like the Women’s Fishing Classic provide an opportunity for female anglers to gather and meet likeminded individuals who share similar interests, build their skills, gain experience, and establish a supportive group of friends who can provide advice and encouragement every step of the way.
From novices to experienced anglers, you’ll be surprised at the number of women who share your excitement and passion for this sport!
Inspiring women in the professional and commercial fishing industry
The fishing industry has long been seen as a male-dominated field. However, there are many inspiring women who have shattered this stereotype and secured their place in the industry. These fisherwomen have proven that they are just as capable as their male counterparts, despite often facing unique challenges in the field. From trawlerwomen to fishing charter crews, tackle store owners to fishing apparel designers, these individuals demonstrate that there are no limits when it comes to pursuing one’s passions. Ever more increasingly, women are being sponsored by fishing tackle and boating brands, showing that their skills and expertise are recognised and valued by the industry.
These role models are inspiring a new generation of fisherwomen.
Community support for female anglers – why it’s important and how to get involved
Community support is crucial for female anglers not only to foster a sense of belonging but also to advance the sport and make it more accessible to everyone. Fishing can be intimidating, especially for women entering a male-dominated field. That’s why creating safe spaces for female anglers to connect, share stories, and exchange tips is so important. Social media has proved to be a fantastic tool for building such communities. From Facebook groups to Instagram hashtags, platforms such as these allow female anglers to come together, regardless of geography or experience level. Fishing groups also offer a sense of camaraderie that can be difficult to find elsewhere. Joining or organizing a fishing group can help women network, gain knowledge, and feel more confident about pursuing their passion for fishing. With more support, female anglers can break barriers and make waves in a sport that is for everyone.
How to get started as a female angler – transitioning from beginner to experienced
Are you a female angler who’s just getting started? Don’t worry, you’re not alone!
To start your journey, search for some fishing chicks on Instagram with hashtags like #yeahthegirls, #ladyangler, #girlsfishtoo, #fishlikeagirl plus other combos.
Pages like “Aussie Chicks Fishing”, “Lady Anglers Downunder” and “Chicks Who Flick” regularly showcase local and international fisherwomen, and “Team Just A Girl” are an inspiring women’s fishing team competing in events around Australia. The list goes on!
You can also consider joining some women’s fishing groups on Facebook like Women’s Fishing Community, Australian Women in Fishing or Women’s Recreational Fishing League to name a few. The Queensland government even has a group, Women in Recreational Fishing Network.
Social media is a great way to connect with other women who can offer tips, support and companionship on your fishing journey.
You can also visit your local fishing tackle store to get advice on how to get started. Quite often, you will find an avid female angler working in store alongside the boys, like at Bait Master fishing and tackle (Corinne is also an entrant in the Women’s Fishing Classic), Doug Burt’s Tackle World and The Bait Shop to name a few.
Eager to get out on the water but don’t yet have the skills or a boat? Booking a fishing charter to learn from experienced guides is the perfect option! Fishing is a hobby that requires practice and patience, but it is also an incredibly fun and fulfilling activity. So, get out there, cast your line, and enjoy the adventure! The more you go, the more you’ll know.
Female anglers are certainly making their mark on the industry. With an increasing presence in the sport, more and more women are developing confidence to try their hand at fishing. From how to get started, to various resources and support networks that cater for female anglers, there is a wealth of information out there that can help women on their fishing journey. It’s also important to recognise the inspiring women who have made it possible for us today; from those running successful businesses to those organising regular meet ups of fellow female fishers. In addition to providing essential knowledge and tips, they have also been strong advocates of the social and mental benefits offered by angling activities. As such, community support is essential in capturing the full essence of what a rewarding experience this can be – one filled with relaxation, friendship, physical exercise and of course plenty of fun!
So what are you waiting for? Join us on a fishing charter, join some women’s fishing groups, enter a ladies fishing event today!