Tournament fishing isn’t just for the boys anymore. Fishing competitively has its ups and downs and being a female makes it even more interesting. I have had to prove myself to all the men on the tournament trails I fish. Now, I’m just one of the boys, not just the Captain’s wife. Generally speaking, fishing has always been a male dominated sport but the tide seems to be turning a bit. Women are joining in on the fun now more than ever. Tournament fishing is very demanding of your time and resources but can be very rewarding as well. Having earned Team of the Year status with my husband, and winning a boat by placing first in the Championship tournament, has to be two of the most exciting things I’ve ever done. We don’t always win but we give it our all. We are most successful fishing for Red Fish. And, having to use artificial bait only makes it even more interesting because you must have quite a bit of skill to know which baits to use and how to properly present it to the fish. It’s all about getting a reaction and strike. I’ve learned over the years that sometimes it is very important to try several different lures in order to figure out which one will do the trick. This can be frustrating because it can be time consuming and time is not plentiful on tournament day. When you catch your first fish of the day it really gets your adrenaline going and you can’t wait to get the next one. As your plan comes together and you catch fish it makes all the time you’ve spent preparing well worth it. There have been times that our original game plan didn’t work out and we’ve had to switch to Plan B or C, which can be stressful, but in the end, you have to have faith that everything will work out. I love being able to participate in this sport and so enjoy being able to show other women they can do it too. Tournament fishing isn’t for everyone though. It’s essential to be on the water prepared and ready to go as soon as the sun rises and ready to fish every second you can while on the hunt for the tournament winners. You also get to test just how strong your marriage is after a day of hang ups and break offs that could’ve possibly been the winning fish. I would love to be able say that every tournament has gone off without a hitch but that simply isn’t true. Take the time to get out there and sharpen your skills whenever you can and just enjoy nature. There are so many beautiful places that I would have never seen had I not traveled from state to state on the tournament trails. Fishing can be so relaxing and enjoyable. I am so thankful for being able to travel and compete against some of the best anglers around!