In recent years, recreational fishing has become a popular activity among women of all ages. According to a recent survey, the number of female anglers has increased by 20% since 2010, and this number is continuing to rise.
Many women are drawn to fishing because it offers a chance to connect with nature and spend time outdoors. It’s also a great way to relax and unwind from work and home life.
Women are also finding a sense of community through fishing. There are now many female fishing groups and clubs, offering support, encouragement, and camaraderie. These groups provide a safe and welcoming environment for women to learn and share their passion for fishing. The “Women in Rec Fishing Fishing Network” is thriving, with the group hosting fishing events throughout Victoria. The regular events have partnered with major fishing brands and retail stores and offer guest speakers, advice and a chance to stories about the ladies latest catch, or the one that got away!
Female recreational fishers are now targeting fishing competitions, and are encouraging other ladies to join them. Nikki Bryant, who regularly posts her latest catches and fishing adventures on her popular social media pages, loves the challenge of fishing against the male competitors. ‘The events are female friendly, and I find the other anglers are encouraging of all female competitors and want more of us to get involved. Our goal is to have an all female team at some stage.’
Ruth Beeby has also caught the competitive fishing bug, competing in Hobie Tournaments all over Australia. Ruth participated in the 2022 Australian Championships as the only female competitor. ‘Up until last year, this event has been ‘men’s secret business’, and I had no idea what really went on. It was a great experience to be a part of and I felt very honoured to be there representing the ‘female’ contingency of Hobie Fishing anglers in Australia.’
Beeby is focusing on her next event in Woy Woy NSW, which is a three day event and promises to be a challenge for all competitors. ‘I will be driving up there with my Hobie and competing for three days. So far there are 138 entries which is the biggest round ever held. I have fished Woy Woy once before and didn’t do well, but I’m hoping that my fishing skills have improved a lot since then. I am keen throw everything I have if necessary to try and catch my three fish per day.’
As her passion for competitive fishing continues to grow, Beeby plans to keep participating in tournaments in the future. ‘I hope to continue competing for many years to come.’ When asked about her chances winning some events against the men and even competing at World Championship level, Ruth said ‘I won’t qualify, well not unless I manage to win a round, and you never know. Sometimes things just pan out. You’ve got as much chance as everyone else if you persist and keep on casting.’
As the popularity of recreational fishing continues to grow, it’s exciting to see more women getting involved and finding joy in the outdoors.
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