Women Fishing

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

As president of The Billfish Foundation, Ellen Peel has helped direct the battle for billfish conservation on a national and international scale. Executive Editor Chris Woodward talked with Peel about the many successes she has seen, but also about the great challenges for the fisheries and the anglers who target them.

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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


Tackle and Gear

Holiday Gift Guide for Women Anglers

Holiday Gift Guide for Women Anglers

16 great ideas for the female fishing enthusiasts in your family.

Blossom fly

Effective Flies You Can Tie Fast

These simple flies save you time at the vise to quickly get you back on the water.

Shimano Pop-Orca

Six Great Topwater Lures

There’s nothing better than watching a fish slam a plug as it rips across the water’s surface.

YETI Panga 28L Waterproof Backpack

The Best Fishing Dry Bags

Salt water gets everywhere. And when it does, your gear gets clobbered. The answer is a dependable waterproof backpack.

Van Staal

The Making of a Modern Spinning Reel

Modern spinning reels pack space-age tech into a basic design pioneered in the early 1900s.

Simms BugStopper Leggings, BiComp Hoody

Spring Gear Guide for Women Anglers

Deck yourself out for the season or put these items on your Mother’s Day wish list.


Women in the Sport

Ashley Bretecher posing next to the Los Suenos Signature Triple Crown Series trophy.

Meet Ashley Bretecher

The tournament director of the Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown discusses the growth of the resort and the future of the series.

Marlin Ladies Team Competes in Grand Caribe Deep Sea Classic

The seventh-annual tournament attracts anglers from around the world.

Sailfish caught in Gautemala

Ladies-Only Marlin Expedition to Guatemala Rolls On

The third-annual fishing and learning experience lights up the sailfish bite.

Cindy Pease Roe with sculpture

On Board With: Cindy Pease Roe

Cindy Pease Roe is dedicated to improving the health of our oceans.

Lea Anne Powell record largemouth

Another World Record Bass Out of Texas

The 12-pounder caught by Lea Anne Powell would break IGFA's 12-pound line-class record.

Sarah Parvin with bluegill

On Board With: Sarah “The Closer” Parvin

Meet the coppernose bluegill expert.

How To

Tips to Help You Land Fish Faster

Unlock your rod’s power to fight fish more efficiently so you won’t lose the catch of a lifetime.

Georgia grass carp

The Top 5 Invasive Freshwater Fish to Catch

When fish are swimming in your home waters that aren't supposed to be there, what do you do? You go catch them!

low tide

How to Time the Tide Switch When Fishing

Making the most of the tide’s running-slack periods will up your game.

Snook on the hook

Five Gamefish That Are Tough to Fight Around Structure

The five fish mostly likely to break you off, and how to keep that from happening.

Boating in a storm

Planning and Preparing for Weather When Boating

Capt. Kelly J. Gordon shares how she plans and prepares for weather at sea.

Fishing under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge

Top Tips for Bridge Fishing

Pilings, rocks and current add up to great fishing. Just don’t get caught in the structure.

Boats, Kayaks, Engines and Electronics

Newport NT300 Tilted on Canoe

Intro to Electric Outboards

Advances in battery technology are making electric outboards a viable option for anglers.

Six Affordable Satellite Communications Devices

Today's devices are portable and affordable.

Pathfinder 2400 Open

Boat Test: Pathfinder 2400 Open

The 2400 Open is packed with fishing amenities.

Seakeepr Ride system

Testing the Seakeeper Ride System

Ride automatically smooths out bumps and keeps your boat on an even keel.

How Much Fuel Capacity Do I Really Need?

Why boat captains should think more like airline pilots.

Grady-White 281 Coastal Explorer running offshore

Grady-White 281 Coastal Explorer

The 281 Coastal Explorer provides all the range most anglers will need.


Fishing Travel for Women

Fishing for redfish on Texas flats

Targeting Redfish in Texas

Your favorite style of fishing will catch red drum along the Lone Star coast this fall. Guaranteed.

Striper chasing mullet

East Coast Fall Mullet Run

Silver mullet on the East Coast trigger fast fishing.

Large seatrout

A New Big Seatrout Hotspot

North Carolina and Virginia are producing surprising numbers of trophy trout.

Fishing trip to a far-flung destination

The Beauty of Fishing Trips

The best travel stories are the hardest ones to earn.

Silver salmon

Silver Salmon Fishing in Southeast Alaska

Silver salmon flourish in late summer in the rich waters of Southeast Alaska.

Illinois River smallmouth bass

A Float Trip for Smallmouths in Sooner Country

Oklahoma’s hidden gem provides exciting action for kayak and canoe anglers.

Seafood Recipes & Boat Drinks

Whoo Dat‘s Jacked-Up Oysters Recipe

This original take on baked oysters is a winner.

A plate of pan-seared scallops next to seared fennel

Pan-Seared Scallops with Cumin and Roasted Fennel Recipe

A seafood taste sensation that's also easy to prepare.

Swordfish recipe

Block Island Swordfish Mango Tango

Pineapple and mango bring a Caribbean flair to this one.

A small glass of spicy mojito cocktail

Spicy Mojito Cocktail Recipe

A tantalizing tingler for your taste buds.

Tuna poke

Tuna Poke Tower Recipe

It's surprisingly easy to master this impressive technique.

Toasted wahoo sandwich

Toasty Wahoo Melts Recipe

A tasty treat made with fresh wahoo.