Women Fishing

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

Inshore fishing tackle might be considered fairly gender neutral, but what about offshore tackle or freshwater tackle? Cindy Nguyen, a Texas saltwater angler and influencer, and Macy Watkins, a Georgia freshwater fisherman, talk gear with executive editor Chris Woodward. We also answer the questions: Should the tackle industry consider making women’s rods and reels? And, what might help more women continue fishing as well as buying and using their own tackle?

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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


Women's Fishing Apparel

AFTCO Field Shorts

September Women’s Fishing Apparel

Late summer, early fall gear from deck shoes and sunglasses to long-sleeve tops and jackets.

XTRATUF Sport Deck Boots

XTRATUF Sport Deck Boots

Sure footing even in slick conditions.

Women fishing apparel

Anything but Pink and Skimpy

Fishing apparel from head to toe.

Tackle and Gear

Popping corks

Choose the Right Popping Cork

Find out which popping corks the experts recommend.

Baitcaster combo

Why Baitcasters are Better Than Spinning Reels

Put down the spinning reel and pick up a baitcaster on your next fishing trip.

Kayak fishing rods

The Perfect Kayak Rod

Three fishing rods built for the rigors of kayak fishing.

Chartreuse lures collection

The Pros of Chartreuse Lures

The experts give us the skinny on chartreuse baits and lures.

How to Modify Flutter Jigs and Catch More Fish

Make the most of flutter-style jigs.

BajÍo Caballo Sunglasses

Recycled Fishing Gear for the Future

What's old is new again.


Women in the Sport

Laura Jessen casting

Laura Jessen Dominates Los Sueños Ladies Only Series

Reflections of one woman's tournament triumph and what she learned from it.

Cathy Clegg record tiger trout

World Record Tiger Trout Caught by Washington State Woman

The massive fish beat the old tiger trout record by nearly three pounds, bettering the previous top trout caught by her son last year from the same lake.

Yacht captain

Captain Kelly Gordon Leads by Example

Kelly Gordon is among the few female captains in the yachting industry, and she's paying it forward.

Kristine Fischer with a fish on a kayak

Why I Love My Kayak

Kayaks foster the inner joy of fishing.

Kaitlyn Schneider boating

Meet Some of the Most Influential Women in Boating

Meet the women with important jobs in all aspects of boating.

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.

How To

Tarpon after being caught

Fish CPR

Learn how to practice proper catch and release.

Women anglers on a boat

Three Tips for Casting in the Wind

Use these trick shots when the wind is up.

Striper blitz in the sound

Targeting Striped Bass Around Block Island

Satellite data saves you time and fuel getting to productive water.

Fishing boat targeting nearshore break

Use Satellite Data to Catch More Fish

Satellite data saves you time and fuel getting to productive water.

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.

Boats, Kayaks, Engines and Electronics

Fishing boat targeting nearshore break

Use Satellite Data to Catch More Fish

Satellite data saves you time and fuel getting to productive water.

Stingray 273CC

Loaded with standard features and able to fish just about anywhere.

Robalo 266 Cayman running

Robalo 266 Cayman Boat Review

The Robalo 266 Cayman serves anglers with an expansive deck and superb stability whether fishing coastal bays or heading offshore.

Prepping boat for trip

How to Prep Your Boat for a Trip

Keep your crew safe and your boat operational and clean on the road.

Outboard motor being flushed

How to Properly Flush Your Boat’s Motor

How to run inboard, outboard and sterndrive engines on land.

Solutions for Repowering Now

Options for buying a new motor and repowering your boat.


Fishing Travel for Women

Seatrout chasing lure

Top Texas Trophy Trout Waters

Four trophy-trout fishing spots you should target in Texas.

Women angler holding up a fish

Costa Rica Girlfriend Fishing Getaway

Crocodile Bay offers women’s fishing experience blending adventure, luxury and leisure.

Islamorada downtown bonefishing

Bonefishing in Downtown Islamorada

Prime bonefishing can be found in close proximity to downtown Islamorada.

Redfish chasing bait underwater

Mid-Atlantic Red Drum Hotspots

Learn where to find big reds and how to fish them.


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.

Seafood Recipes & Boat Drinks

Dockside restaurant

Gulf Coast Watering Holes

Waterfront joints to hit after a day of fishing.

Serve with a glass of chilled Muga, or similar light rosé wine.

Recipe: Tripletail Crudo

The preparation of tripletail makes for a light and refreshing meal.

A buttery, delicious Florida lobster roll.

Florida Lobster Roll Recipe

A delicious twist on a dockside favorite.

Garlic and Butter Lobster Tails Recipe

Garlic and Butter Lobster Tails Recipe

This is a terrific way to prepare fresh spiny lobster.

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.

Women's Fishing Directory