When it comes to the sport of angling, it’s often the male perception that femininity and fishing are at opposite ends of the scale.
A wise man will hold his tongue on such ideas and with reputations being what they are, should perhaps also refrain from wetting a line until he has first observed a few lady anglers in action.
Don’t be fooled by the makeup and long fingernails, baiting a hook or casting a lure is all too often made to look easy. Dare I say it, but in many cases the attention to detail that women so often possess is one of the traits that make them good anglers.
It’s the small things in fishing that make the big difference.
In the Northern Territory, there are competitions and magazines aimed squarely at female anglers who make up a large part of the fishing sector.
The Reel Women’s Barra Classic is one such event. Growing in popularity each year, women travel from all over Australia to compete and hopefully win the ‘Barra Queen’ trophy.
Crocs, heat and flies are just part of the fishing package!
Having fished this country before, I know first hand how tough it can be. Plenty of blokes can’t hack it, yet these women love it.
My loving wife took up the rod this very season to try her hand at catching a Murray cod. It had been 20 years since Donna wet a line but she was keen to get a score on the board.
First trip out she managed two cod over a metre in length and another at 74cms. All the fish were caught using yabbies for bait as the water was far too dirty for lures.
It was great to see her hook, fight and land these big fish even though I struggled to get a run on the board!
Just to prove it wasn’t a fluke she followed it up the very next weekend with another pair of metre-plus cod also taken on bait.
She reckons this cod fishing thing is easy and is not really sure what all the fuss is about.
Donna also cheerily boasted she might even share some of her fish catching tips with me should she be allowed to come again.
We will have to see how that one goes.
So next time you are offered some friendly female advice on tackle and techniques, step back from the ego and lend an ear. You never know, you may just learn something new.
There are plenty of women out there who can fish just as well, if not better than us so-called male fishing gurus.
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