LADY ANGLER’S CORNER
Capt. Mary Fink
Ladies, when you think of the sport of fishing, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Maybe you visualize complacently sitting somewhere with your line in the water hoping that a fish may swim by and take some interest in your bait. Could it be that you have an aversion to touching live bait and fish? Perhaps your husband wants to go fishing and asked you to join him, so you feel obligated to go. Whatever your initial thought of fishing may be, it is this author’s experience that many women choose not to fish for any number of reasons. If you happen to be an avid angler, I invite you to read on. If you are not an angler or have little interest in the sport, you simply must read on.
It is true that the simple physical act of fishing involves presenting some sort of bait to fish with the desired outcome being to hook one. It sounds simple enough, but hardly exciting in and of itself. Let’s explore for a moment, the more important value of fishing, and that is the intrinsic value the sport provides. Obviously, fishing is an outdoor sport that occurs on the water or near the water’s edge where an array of wonderful creatures like birds, manatees and dolphins seek habitat and food. When you really open your eyes and allow yourself to become internally quiet and calm, you will experience the wonders associated with heightening your senses. The Ten Thousand Islands area is one of the most beautiful places in the world where abundant wildlife can be viewed and appreciated, all under the guise of fishing! In the fast paced world we live in where computers, cell phones, text messaging and unlimited technology seems to keep us entertained and busy, fishing provides an opportunity to escape from it all and refuel our internal tanks!
As a boat captain and an avid angler, I have discovered that to become successful, one must become acutely aware of the current environmental conditions that are present such as water depth and temperature, tidal exchange, and visibility. When becoming aware of these factors, one quite naturally becomes more alert, yet also more relaxed. Many talk about this as being in the “now” or in a “zen-like” state, parallel to meditation, which enhances true serenity. This is the intrinsic value of the sport of fishing! It’s really about being outside, being aware, enjoying the quiet company of others, and perhaps, if all goes well, experiencing the excitement felt when a nice fish is found battling at the end of your line!
Ladies, there’s even more enticing news about fishing that you must know. Local Ladies fishing/social clubs are becoming increasingly more popular for lady anglers of all experience levels. These clubs provide both social and fishing opportunities for all members. Clubs like “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” (LLGF) and “Lady Anglers of South West Florida” (LASWFL) set up monthly fishing trips and other adventures for the enjoyment of the clubs’ memberships. LLGF often holds state wide educational seminars where fishing skill stations, evening social activities and fishing charters are provided for the clubs members.
In forthcoming articles, fishing strategies, hot spots and bait options will be discussed as well as how to target a variety of local fish. So, ladies, lets get hooked on fishing!
Captain Mary specializes in fishing the beautiful Ten Thousand Islands. She holds a “six pack” captains license and has a knack for finding fish. A passionate angler possessing over 35 years of extensive experience in both back country and offshore fishing, Mary offers fishing expeditions through her Island Girls Charters company. When fishing with Captain Mary, you will be exposed to a variety of successful techniques including cast and retrieve, drift fishing, bottom fishing and sight fishing. Visit www.islandgirlscharters.com to learn more about fishing with Captain Mary.