The Women in Professional Bass Fishing Today – Where Are They?

I had anaplasty endure anniversary and couldn’t angle or drive, so I was alive on the website and talking to some accompany on Facebook while watching some reside clash coverage, and the accountable of why we don’t see abounding women fishing in able bass contest came up.

It absolutely fabricated me anticipate because I hadn’t paid as abundant absorption to this as I should have.

I absitively to acquaintance some old accompany in able bass fishing both macho and changeable and get their thoughts on it, and I anticipate you’ll be afraid at what some of them said.

First, in case you weren’t acquainted it, women haven’t consistently been accustomed to angle B.A.S.S. events.

The aboriginal woman to attempt in a co-ed B.A.S.S. clash was Vojai Reed. She fished the 1991 Missouri Invitational and able 58th! not bad, but it wasn’t annihilation to announce that women were traveling to win a lot of Bassmaster Angler of the Year awards or alpha demography home Bassmaster Archetypal trophies.

And as of 2018, they haven’t!

I had a accouterment store, adviser service, and a radio actualization at the actual alpha of the internet.

I had been complex in the old Redman Bout area I met a lot of anglers who are fishing at a able akin today, and I had opened Bass Pro shops in Harrisburg, Pa area I did seminars for TTI Blackmore, acceptance me to accessory with a lot of professionals in bass fishing. I contacted Andre Moore,who had Reaction Innovations and started accustomed his baits, and interviewing him on the radio shows.I was at the Archetypal if he proposed to Kim Bain on stage.

I thought, how absolute is this, a aggregation like that fishing the Classics together, she will go far.

Kim Bain-Moore was the aboriginal woman to attempt in the Bassmaster Classic. She able by acceptable the 2008 Women’s Bassmaster Bout Angler of the Year title. In the Classic, she able 47th out of 51 anglers. It was her aboriginal and last!

Pam Martin-Wells became the additional woman to angle the Classic. Like Kim Bain-Moore, she able afterwards acceptable the 2009 WBT AOY award. She able 22nd out of 51 anglers in the Classic.Pam Martin-Wells is calmly the a lot of able changeable angler in B.A.S.S. history.Martin-Wells ranks 123rd on the B.A.S.S. best cost money account with $308,321.14. Ninety-nine percent of that was becoming through the WBT or in her one and alone Archetypal appearance.

After the dissolution of the WBT in 2011 no woman has even appear abutting to condoning for the championship.

Janet Parker came appealing abutting to condoning for the Elites in 2011.

Sabrina Thompson was profiled a while aback on a bounded account base in Texas, she is a Pro Angler and was accommodating in that weekend’s Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Opens.

So why is that a big deal?

She was the aboriginal atramentous woman anytime to attempt in the bass fishing tournament.

She serves as the Vice President of the International Federation of Atramentous Bass Anglers, and has a non-profit alignment “Texas Wrangling Anglers”, area she teaches women and accouchement the basics of fishing.

Having been complex in bass fishing in the Northeast, and traveling beyond the country bass fishing and guiding, for added than 30 years, I had a adventitious to get to apperceive a lot of able anglers, both macho and female, I spent time with Judy Wong at the Classic, I was there at Christie Bradley’s aboriginal tournaments on the Potomac river, so I had top hopes of seeing a women win the Class or FLW tour.

Christiana Bradley acquaint a fourth abode accomplishment at the Bass Pro Shops Southern Open on Douglas Lake, authoritative B.A.S.S. history.

It was the best accomplishment anytime by a woman in a co-ed B.A.S.S. event, assault Dianna Clark’s fifth abode accomplishment on the Red River at a 2010 Open.

I took Mary Divincenti, Women’s Bassmaster Archetypal champion, out prefishing for the FLW and had her on my radio shows, so I was assured a abundant accord from these women in able bass fishing, accustomed the actuality that things were alteration in bass fishing for women and I knew some of them personally, which is what prompted me to acquaintance the top changeable and macho anglers today and see what their thoughts were on why this hasn’t happened.

Here’s what they said if I asked “Why Don’t We See Added Women Fishing At A Able Akin Today?”

I anticipate with the acceptance of the action growing you will see women fishing at the accomplished levels soon. With the top academy and academy programs growing at the amount they are it’s accepting girls complex at beforehand ages which lets them absorb added time on the baptize to learn. Until now the guys that accept done able-bodied at the able akin accept abounding years of fishing acquaintance with fathers, grandfathers, uncles or friends. This time on the baptize gives them a huge advantage over women. With women accepting complex abundant adolescent and seeing a applicable profession they can advance their time and accomplishment in it will draw women to the sport.

Matt Herron

I would say it is just the algebraic percentages. There are apparently some abundant woman anglers, but for every one of them there are actually tens of bags of abundant macho anglers. That’s why no women authorize for the Elites. The aboriginal one will accomplish a solid bisected actor a year if she sells it! We shall see.

Chad Pipkens

Statistics actualization that women anglers is a growing number.

Your catechism is why the amount of aggressive women anglers isn’t larger?

Personally, my adventure started with a ancestors that fished, a bedmate who fished and now is admiring of my aggressive in the Adult Bass Anglers (LBAA) and afore that as a co-angler in the Bassmaster Women’s Pro Bout (WBT).

I started fishing tournaments with my husband, aback in the mid 80′s. I was actual adequate fishing with my husband. But, I do admit, that the aboriginal time he asked me if I’d angle a aggregation clash with him, I wasn’t abiding the added men would acceptable a adult angler. I admit, I was amiss and I was actual accustomed and afterwards my bedmate became accepted as “Martha’s husband.”?

Making the change to fishing in a draw clash was huge for me. Since my bedmate and I consistently fished together, I was anxious about traveling out with added anglers, macho or female. Accepting a changeable bout (WBT) was the befalling I needed. With that, I started fishing the BFL, and ABA Opens (both as a co-angler and a boater). Now I angle as a Pro/Boater with Adult Bass Anglers.

I aswell had ancestors support.

In the 80′s, my sister would watch our two accouchement so my bedmate and I could angle the Saturday tournaments.

My husband, is awesome! He is my “bass caddy” as I biking beyond the states aggressive in tournaments. He supports me and helps added ladies.

What’s bare for added women anglers:

Ladies to feel adequate to activate the new adventure

Opportunities to “grow” the amount of adult anglers


Promoting ladies involvement

letting ladies apperceive how to get started


Currently, the women’s pro bout is the Adult Bass Anglers. The canicule of Bass n’ Gals and WBFA, WBT, etc… are gone. I’ve apparent so abounding new anglers get their alpha with LBAA. Accepting the befalling to angle with a ladies bout is huge. Some ladies charge that abundance area to get started. (I did… )

Would adulation to see added abutment and captivation with LBAA.

Today’s women’s pro bout and befalling for ladies is the Adult Bass Anglers. Accepting bigger sponsors, getting able to action bigger cost bales and payout would be huge. To abounding anglers the banking awards aren’t abundant to accreditation the continued ambit biking and time commitment.

Vacation time and the time to compete… LBAA now has three approved division tournaments and a Classic.

Child affliction – Women are about the capital being to yield affliction of their families.

In one baiter families, the bedmate should allotment the “boat time with their wives”. I’ve apparent to abounding husbands accept an accessible clash so they accept the baiter and the “wife stays home with the kids.”

Ladies charge to apperceive how to feel adequate aggressive in predominantly macho tournaments. To get added comfortable, alpha aggressive in aggregation tournaments with a ancestors affiliate or friend

Check out aggregation trails:

American Bass Anglers Couples Series

Fishers of Men

Local aggregation trails

Open aggregation tournaments

Ask questions

First catechism is how to use the restroom…

Invest in able clothing. Dress for the weather.

Martha Goodfellow

I candidly anticipate it’s all about to change… Girls today accept the befalling to alpha perfecting their bass fishing abilities with abutment from their family, Aggregation associates and Coach from their Top Academy Fishing Team, Not just Dad or Grandad anymore.

I anticipate that girls absorbed in the action will get a advance by parents because in the end Fishing could acquire them a abounding paid academy scholarship! Again they accept their academy fishing aggregation to angular on! You can’t just deathwatch up one morning and say I’m traveling to angle the archetypal this year. But its way added accessible today again it anytime has been. I anticipate you will see added girls in the action in the advancing years.

Sarah Boyett Hicks

For one, the money isn’t area it needs to be. But, for that to happen, added women would charge to be affairs the boats and motors, not fishing out of a aggregate boat. This affair came up abounding years ago with Mr. Dan Shad of Mercury.

Barbara Stevenson

I anticipate one of the big problems is a lot of women do not get complex for the appropriate reasons. Abounding women angle with a admirer or a husband. Not because they accept a absolutely affection for the sport. I reside breathe and beddy-bye fishing. I feel like I accept a accustomed aptitude for the sport. I absolutely anticipate it starts at a adolescence level. We charge to get our adolescent girls complex in the action as aboriginal as possible.

Kendra Mueller

I accept a lot to say on this subject. It’s something I appraise daily. I anticipate there are so abounding reasons. Passion. Sacrifice. Families. Confidence. Duty. Responsibilities. Lack of respect. Pressure. Time. Finances.

I anticipate a catechism to get to the basal of is why women fish? Or why men fish? Why women angle could differ. Some could say- able-bodied I did it to absorb time with my cogent other. I did it for absorption (most would never accept this). To acquisition those that say it’s my affection and all I can anticipate about would be few and far amid and that is what it takes or accomplish it at this level. Women feel the burden because anybody looks at the standings to see area they finish. We are our own affliction enemies because we don’t accept we can fish. We accept responsibilities to our families and to be mommies. It makes us feel so egocentric abrogation our babies to hunt our dreams if we don’t technically accept to be away. That’s harder to absorb as a mom.

Sometimes you cede time at home, time at your job, or too abundant financially to outweigh the accretion of what you receive. If you do go again if the cede is asymmetric again you are fishing searching over your shoulder.

Sometimes it’s just not account it to angle for women because their macho aeon don’t amusement them with respect. They’re not taken seriously. They’re talked down to. They are advised as they are beneath than the men. Also, sometimes they’re just advised like a section of meat. Who did she beddy-bye with to her info? Why would women wish to do that if they are accepting to accord with all of the others?

So abundant added I’d adulation to say. We charge added women. It’s how we abound and some of the best locations of activity are alive in your affection and active in it.

Melinda Mize Hays

I approved to acquaintance Lauren Stamps, The Aboriginal woman to get a academy scholarship in bass fishing, but at time of this article, I still had not heard aback from her.

I contacted Krista Fields, who operates to get her thoughts as she is the abettor for Hank Cherry, Jacob Powroznik and added pro anglers.

She said she believes it is the women that are preventing themselves from aggressive at a able akin with the men on tour. It’s a mindset, and that they charge to get out of their own active and apprehend that it is a “Fishing Bold Not A Gender Game”, the bass don’t apperceive if you are a man or a woman! They don’t apperceive who your sponsors are! Be the woman who knows that and don’t acquiesce the acumen of others to accept any ascendancy or acceptation in your life. You are on the aforementioned arena acreage if you hit the water!

Krista Fields


I batten with Christie Bradley on the buzz and she had a lot to say, abundant of what was said was actual agnate to what Krista Fields had said. Christie aswell mentioned that she aswell has a lot of acquaintance with problems that action while on the alley and has aplomb in her adeptness to fix a flat, plan on the bivouac or motor, and get aback on the water. It doesn’t affect her brainy game. A lot of of it is just banking for her at this point.

I had a lot of thoughts about this afterwards speaking to anybody and account what they had to say on the Facebook column I made.

Do we still accept men today who are sexist? Sure, apparently consistently will.

Will the sponsors who footfall up and advance the top top academy and academy changeable anglers today accept an befalling to be in on the arena attic of a absolute money authoritative opportunity? Yes!

After talking with all of the anglers and some sponsors, one affair that ashore out was this, “The Aboriginal woman to footfall up with the aplomb and attitude that it takes to attempt and win on bout with the men will not alone go down in bass fishing history, but will get affluent accomplishing it!

The one and alone woman’s name that ashore out, that has the adeptness to do that was Christie Bradley, something that anybody who knows her is in acceding with!If we see a woman accomplish the ELITES and accomplish history, it will be Christie Bradley.

You can appointment her and see for yourself on Facebook at

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