Fishing Is Not A Guys’-Only Sport!

There’s a big sale at the mall … my husband is golfing and I have to watch the kids … My report is due … My computer just locked up … These are some of the reasons why more women don’t fish.

Did you know that women make up more than half of our nation’s population, but less than 1/3 of our nation’s anglers? So many women get tied up with daily responsibilities and forget to reserve time for themselves. I have slipped into that category before. It doesn’t matter if you are a working woman or a homemaker, the daily duties just seem to pile up.

However, our male counterparts seem to find time for racquetball, golf, hunting and fishing. There’s nothing wrong with it. Many of them realize that “time out” is important to our overall mental well-being and make sure these activities are in their schedules. It’s the “Men from Mars, Women from Venus” thing. Well, let’s change planets!

Getting away from the routine can rejuvenate your mind and enhance your enthusiasm. It also provides quality time for families, away from TV and the computer. And, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out how to do it. Women can be better than men at fishing, I believe, because they have the finesse and patience it takes to land a fish. They just need to get started the right way. It’s a continuous learning process.

If you’re a novice, buy a rod and reel and take it to your local pier or beach. Two words of advice on fishing tackle – BUY QUALITY. It will make your fishing experience more hassle-free. You’ll be surprised at how many anglers will be willing to help you (If you’re single, it’s a great way to meet men — guys can’t resist a woman with a fishing rod! If you’re married, you had better wear your wedding band!)

Join a local fishing club to make friends with those who know how to fish.

If you have a boat, join a boating club and participate in their events. Many anglers are happy to share their techniques, however, don’t expect all of them to share their secret fishing spots. Boatless? Drift boats provide an inexpensive and easy way to get out on the water.

If you are uncomfortable learning on your own and want to experience it all in one weekend, check out the “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” saltwater fishing seminars. The weekend program offers a chance to learn about offshore, inshore, bottom and fly fishing from the best in the industry. There is a half-day set aside for a fishing trip on a variety of vessels. The caught fish is brought back to the class, where it is used for demonstration of filleting and cooking.

The two-day event costs $85, including meals, a free T-shirt, goody bag, tackle give-aways such as Penn rods and reels and more. The half-day fishing is extra, ranging from $12 to $80. For more experienced anglers, there’s an advanced version offered. You can never know it all when it comes to fishing.

You can find information on the seminars on the web at www.ladiesletsgofishing.com or call 954-475-9068.

Why is this program designed for women only? Women want to learn in a non-intimidating environment. It’s called the “No-Yelling School of Fishing!” If you’ve ever tried to learn from your husband, you know what we mean. I tried going to fishing seminars to learn how to fish on my own, but I felt a little weird because I was the only woman who came by myself. Plus, I didn’t understand the terminology. They talked about things such as drag, swivels and planers, but never said what they were or why I needed them. It was all gobblety-gook to me, but I could just imagine the snickers if I dared to ask what a swivel was.

If you are a woman who chooses fishing as your pastime, remember to invite those who haven’t had the opportunity to try the sport. Put fishing on your “to do” list and don’t let life pass you by. If you’re too busy to fish, then you’re just too busy!

Betty Bauman founded “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” three years ago so women could learn about fishing and have fun at the same time. The event is offered at locations in Florida. Check the website below for details. Betty was recognized nationally by the American Sportfishing Association as the “1999 Woman of the Year” in the sportfishing industry. To learn more about “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing,” visit their website atwww.letsgofishing.com.

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