Ladies You'd Want To Spend A Day With On The Water

We all have our reasons why we go fishing: to get outdoors and away from it all, the thrill of the hunt, the joy of reeling in a fighter...the list goes on. Oftentimes, what makes fishing so good is the company. Sure, fishing with family and friends have their perks, but let's face it, wouldn't it be at least a little awesome to head out on the water with a lady who really knows how to fish, and looks good doing it?


Here are some dream women that would make a day of fishing just that much brighter, all of whom proving that men aren't the only ones who can excel at fishing.


Mariko Izumi

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When you're the niece of long-time Real Fishing host Bob Izumi and daughter of pro angler Wayne Izumi, you're bound to have fished at least a few times growing up. Mariko was immersed in both TV and fishing from an early age, so her eventual climb to host of the popular WFN program Hookin' Up seemed inevitable. Now in its third season, Hookin' Up with Mariko Izumi shows that whether it's fishing with the world's best anglers, traveling to exotic locations, or partying in the wildest hotspot in town, Mariko sure knows how to have some fun on the water.


April Vokey

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If there's one thing April Vokey loves to do more than anything, it’s fly fishing. Co-host of Fly Nation, April is a passionate, knowledgeable fly angler that can fish steelhead and salmon with the best of them. She is a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor, fly-fishing columnist, and published work in numerous publications, including Field & Stream, Canadian Fly fisher, and Fly Fisherman. She enjoys sharing her love for fly fishing with others in hopes that it will bring aspiring anglers as much pleasure as it has brought her. Catch April on Fly Nation here on WFN every Tuesday at 8:30pm.



Sheli Sanders

Sheli is the shore reporter for the Professional Tarpon Tournament Series (PTTS), a welcome sight to be sure for all competing anglers who make their way back off the water. She has a gift for TV – including roles as a show host on ABC & CW and appearances in over 500 commercials – but don’t let that fool you. Born in east Texas, Sheli is more than just a pretty face as she is an avid angler with an affinity for the outdoors. She competes in charity tournaments when she can, including a win in 2007 at the Mercury Grand Slam Tournament to benefit the Pediatric Cancer Society.


Kim Bain-Moore

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Kim, originally from Australia, has been fishing for as long as she can remember. She fell in love with fishing bass tournaments from an early age and moved to the United States, the homeland of big-time bass tournaments, to pursue her passion. The 29-year-old has already made quite the legacy for herself, including:

  • Twice Australian Female Bass Angler Of The Year
  • Over 200 trophies in saltwater and freshwater fishing competitions in Australia
  • Multiple Lady Bass Anglers Association tournament wins
  • Winner of the Women’s Bassmaster Tour Championship (2008)

But perhaps her most significant achievement came in 2009 when she competed in the Bassmaster Classic, the only woman to have ever qualified and fished in the world’s most prestigious bass tournament. This Australian angler certainly knows her way around the water.



The Bikini Ice Fishing Team

It sounds like a joke, but it isn't (ok maybe a little). The Bikini Ice Fishing Team began as a one-time gig in a winter carnival in 2007, but has quickly transformed into a whole clan of women who do weekly events throughout the winter. The idea is to inspire women to get out and try outdoor activities typically dominated by men. These bikini-clad ladies bait their own hooks, drill their own holes, and fish the coldest lakes of Minnesota and beyond. The team is a pretty hot commodity, receiving offers from many different companies to employ their services to help get the word out. If you’ve ever been skeptical about ice fishing because of the cold, just remember that there are women out there doing it in nothing but bikinis. And if you happen to be in Minnesota come winter time, keep your eye out on the ice for a possible appearance and you may be able to go out there and join them.

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