Moving the sport forward, more women, more fish, more fun.
Fishinghas always been a sport associated with men, however I think now thewomen are stepping up and getting involved in a big way. Like forexample Mariko Izumi, with her own show on WFN of course she comesfrom a famous fishing family. But hey fishing is about family andfriends, so it's no surprise to see her have success fishing.Mariko's influence on women anglers here in Canada is bigger than Ithink a lot of people realize. She has made fishing cool for women todo. Something I heard from the very girls we had attend our fishingprogram at last year's Junior Forest Warden National Camp out. She isa shining example of a woman opening the doors of fishing to otherwomen anglers. If you want to catch Mariko's show demand and get theWFN. Something we want to see more of, more women getting involved inthe amazing sport of fishing. I am lucky to have my wife Laura wholoves the sport of fishing as much as I do.
Laura Love #7 Team Jackfish Lures with the Kick'n Bass at the Athabasca Outdoor Show May 2012.
Laura Love #7 Team Jackfish Lures, with her 2012 MLWT championship winning fish.Ascaptain of our Field Team here at Jackfish Lures, I am so very proudof each team member we have. And proud of the fact that we have madeit easy for female anglers to participate on our team with the men.It's worked out so very well and another fact our women members aregood, No they are great anglers, and compete with the best of usevery year. Since day one and 17 MLWT openers 9 of them won by ouramazing women team members. In fact the last three have beendominated by the lady's, Sherry Lynne two years ago and Laura Lovelast year and now this year again.
Sherry L #13 Team Jackfish Lures is a two time MLWT champion she won in 2005 & 2010.For17 seasons I have been fishing with the Jackfish Lures Field Team,and every season we open up with our MLWT fishing tournament. Teammembers from all over Canada and the U.S.A compete in thistournament. Now I have to say that this tournament is one that canchange on a dime because big fish wins. If no big fish is qualifiedthen the angler with the most fish wins, and I have found every wayto lose this tournament over the years. I am sitting here working onthis post laughing because once again I lost. But I am so proud ofthis years winner and again won with a big fish that knocked mine outof the water. Just when you think you have a chance, it's over andover this year in classic fashion.
Belinda R #20 Team Jackfish Lures with her 2003 MLWT come back winning pike.Everyseason we make an effort to share this great sport with others, andat events like the Junior Forest Wardens, I see the girls look up toLaura. She seems to inspire a confidence of hey I can do that too inthe kids. The way Laura and Sherry step up and help others learn and enjoy theoutdoors is amazing. This is a quality every single women member ofTeam Jackfish Lures has, they have a real effect on other womenanglers around them. And I as a man, am so very proud of them andinspired to see these wonderful lady's open up the doors of fishingto other women.Sothis summer take a minute if you get a chance, and share our sport offishing with someone. You never know you might just make a newfishing friend for life. You might open a door to a sport that canchange the life of someone in a most positive way. As WFNAmbassadors, as fishermen and women, lets move the sport forward.Let's get more women involved and we will see more and moregenerations of families coming to care for nature and the sport welove so dear.