Everywhere he would go I wanted to go. Just a little girl wanting to be with her dad, and a passion was born. My love of fishing and what it meant to be a fisherman came from him.
I grew up in a small town in Northern Newfoundland where fishing is/was a way of life. When I moved to Ontario in 2000, I was sad that I would never get to experience the water and fishing again, boy, was I wrong. My boyfriend Christian, re-ignited that passion that I had discovered when I was just a youngster and I re-surfaced a new confidence. Every weekend, another adventure, another lake, and another fish. Fishing to me is a craft I take seriously because as a female in a mostly male dominated sports, I am proud of who I am as an angler.
To be a great fisherman, takes many long hours on the water and many miles of a journey to get there. To me, fishing is 50% mental and 50% physical. It doesn’t mean you need to be a size 0, it just means a healthy body equals a healthy mind. Being physically fit means you have the stamina to bring in that big fish and we have all been there, from the pain in your arm to the sweat beads on your face. Fishing for me is a very forgiving sport and I don't think your looks are really important. When you catch that big fish, it all comes down to the confidence you have on the inside and that confidence trickles all the way down to the tip of your rod. Logging long hours on a boat can be grueling with the extreme weather changes from heat, precipitation and wind. Making sure you’re eating well and keeping hydrated is so important to keep a sharp mind and energy that it takes to clock a full day on the water.
When Heather Reid, from The Great Canadian Anglers Group (www.GCFA.ca) approached me about this opportunity to submit an article I was more than willing to accept. I am proud to be a part of a group of women where there’s no judgment or limitations on what size you are or what you look like. When you catch that trophy fish, it’s all yours and you’re respected. Many more adventures to partake in. Confidence to gain, a mind to grow and a body to fulfill fishing is a craft I hope to get better at every weekend.