I’ve been an angler for 2 years now and am overwhelmed at how much there is to learn. From my point of view, fishing is a mostly male sport, however it’s not like they don’t want women out there fishing. As a matter of fact I get people making comments all the time wishing their partner was into fishing. Yes, in the beginning it was mind-boggling to learn about gear, tackle and species ID’s and I still don’t know it all. Nor do I think I will ever know it all.
To begin with, I found myself being intimidated by all the choices for gear and tackle. As a woman in this sport I believe that you have to be willing to listen, learn and ask questions. So, to decide on my first rod, reel and tackle I took the suggestions made by our local tackle shop. Picking out the rod and reel are one thing, but the tackle seems endless! What size hook do I use? Do I use bait, a lure...or both? Do I use a float? Although I was embarrassed the first few times to admit I didn’t know when to use or how to use such tackle any good tackle shop should be able and willing to help a woman understand how to use what they are buying.