Women Fishing

Gear, tactics, travel and more from the female angler’s perspective.

Sport Fishing Executive Editor Chris Woodward discusses saltwater and freshwater conservation efforts and tips with Capt. Leiza Fitzgerald, director of CCA Florida’s STAR tournament, and Mandy Uhrich, habitat program administrator for Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources and a freshwater fishing guide.

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Welcome to a page dedicated to women anglers, curated by our female executive editor, Chris Woodward. Chris grew up fishing in Florida, and has spent the last 30 years as an outdoors editor. In her experience, fishing offers more than just a tale and some bragging rights. It brings with it — particularly for women — feelings of appreciation and a deeper connection to others and to the natural world.

Past Episodes

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Women's Fishing Apparel

Columbia Skiff Guide shirt

Fishing Gifts for Moms

Mother’s Day gift guide for the woman angler on your list.

Bajio Paraiso sunglasses

Unboxing: Bajio Paraiso Violet Mirror Sunglasses

Video introduces new lens treatment designed for low-light conditions.

Huk Women’s ICON X Running Lakes Quarter-Zip

Women’s Fishing Apparel Guide — March 2022

A recurring look at new shirts, pants, boots, sunglasses and more gear made for female anglers.

Tackle and Gear

BajÍo Caballo Sunglasses

Recycled Fishing Gear for the Future

What's old is new again.

Managing line twist

How to Manage Spinning Reel Line Twist

Successful spin-fishing depends on learning to deal with line twist.

Women anglers on a boat

Angling Evolution: Fishing Northeast Florida With an All-Female Crew

The author joined 15 other women to test tackle and gear inshore and offshore of Jacksonville.

Light-Duty Belts Take the Fight to the Fish

How to choose a fighting belt for most nearshore and offshore fishing.

Rod butt types

Understanding Fishing Rod Butt Designs and Materials

A comparative look at rod butt design, length and materials.

Angler holding fish with gloves on

How to Choose the Optimal Pair of Fishing Gloves

A comparative look at 10 manufacturers’ fishing gloves.

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Women in the Sport

Lucy Berg standing next to Yamaha outboard

Spotlight: Yamaha Product Specialist Looks at the Progression of Women in her Technical Field

Lucy Berg transitioned from military equipment and vehicle specialist to marine engine tech, teacher and specialist.

A day-ending quadruple sailfish hookup for the veterans fishing on Clean Sweep.

The Gift of Healing for Female Wounded Warriors

Facing burdens and finding balance through the magic of offshore sport fishing.

Female angler with mahi

Women’s World Virtual Fishing Challenge Launches in February

Organizers of Presidential Challenge Charitable Foundation to host two-month fishing tournament for lady anglers worldwide.

Joan Vernon

Meet Joan Vernon

One of the sport’s most accomplished light-tackle anglers and leaders in conservation.

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Women Who Love Fishing and Have Beaten Its Barriers

Three generations talk about the evolution of women in fishing.

Woman angler with mahi

50 Greatest Women’s World-Record Catches

These extraordinary saltwater world records prove that ladies are badass anglers too.

How To

Women’s Montana Fly Fishing Event Debuts in May

Simms reinvents Chica de Mayo to expand women’s fly fishing community.

Fishing in cloudy water

Fishing in Off-Color Water

Runoff, algae blooms and weather create cloudy-water challenges for the angler.

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One for the Girls: Ladies Marlin University

Los Sueños, Costa Rica hosts the first ladies-only event.

Anglers testing reel drag

How to Set and Use Reel Drag

Old rules don't always apply when using braided line.

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Saltwater Fishing Tips

Expert saltwater fishing tips and advice on fishing rigs, fishing knots, fish species and more.

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Saltwater Fishing Knots

Use our how-to videos, diagrams and articles to learn about tying the strongest fishing knots.

Boats, Kayaks, Engines and Electronics

Solutions for Repowering Now

Options for buying a new motor and repowering your boat.

Suzuki Debuts New 250 Sport Series V6 Outboard

High-performance engine designed for shallow-saltwater and bass boats.

New marine electronics in Miami

Video: New Technology and Marine Electronics Debut at the Miami International Boat Show

We captured video of six new products from the latest software advances to new speakers and a new telescoping boat helm.

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8 New Fishing Boats from the 2022 Miami International Boat Show

Must-see videos of new center consoles and bay boats introduced at this year’s boat show.

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How to Sea-Trial a Fishing Boat

10 tips for sea-trialing a saltwater fishing boat before you decide to buy it.

Fishing Boat Buyers Guide

2022 Fishing Boat Buyers Guide

Sport Fishing Magazine’s 2022 Fishing Boat Buyers Guide features the top new boats on the market. Find all of the new boat reviews, boat pictures and boat videos.

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Fishing Travel for Women

Stickbaits

Fish Caribbean Islands Casting Poppers and Stickbaits

Sight-casting lures over flats, channels and shallow reefs is flat-out fun for an amazing array of game fishes.

Tarpon on the flats

Get a Jump on Tarpon Fishing in the Keys

Early season tarpon fishing in the Florida Keys, before the main migration and the crowds.

Los Cabos fishing

Los Cabos, Mexico: Spring Fishing Bonanza

The Los Cabos region of Mexico offers a superb variety of saltwater fishing opportunities in spring.

Catching Roosterfish in Baja, Mexico

Baja, Mexico offers plenty of opportunity for roosterfish.

Traditional lapstrake rowboats blanket the Tyee Pool against a modern backdrop.

Historic British Columbia King Salmon Fishing

Long on tradition, this classic destination continues to produce king salmon.

Bonefish on the flats

Best Bonefish Destinations in the World

No need to temper expectations, these sure-bet fishing destinations deliver.

Seafood Recipes

Aloha Ono with Grilled Pineapple recipe

Aloha Ono with Grilled Pineapple and Jicama Recipe

A sophisticated and tasty take on wahoo.

Ocean Reef’s sweet, spicy ceviche.

Ocean Reef’s Seafood Ceviche Recipe

Cool off after a long hot day with this refreshing dish.

Serve with a saison or similar fruity and spicy pale ale to complement the dish.

Recipe: Yellowfin Tuna Tostada

This delicious tuna dish incorporates familiar Asian flavors and spice.

Grilled cobia

Recipe: Grilled Cobia

Recipe for grilled cobia and accompaniments.

Roasted striped bass

Recipe: Roasted Striped Bass

Easily prepare roasted striped bass with asparagus.

Women's Fishing Directory