Do you watch National Geographic's hit series Wicked Tuna? If you do, you've likely been "lured in" by the reality series that follows a group of Gloucester Massachusetts die-hard anglers going after the monstrous and elusive bluefin tuna. You find yourself sitting on the edge of your seat while the captains and their shipmates engage in epic battles trying to boat these beasts that bring large paydays which they need to keep their families afloat season after season.
One of these shipmates is Angelica Marciano, daughter of Captain Dave Marciano of the FV-Hard Merchandise and now the FV-Falcon. Angelica joined her father and her brother Joe on Season 7 of Wicked Tuna. It's a family affair for the Marcianos, even mother Nancy gets in on the action from time-to-time.
An article on Fishing Tackle Retailer recently came out titled, "Women Are the Future of Fishing, but Retailers Are Missing Out" and it's been making quite the splash on social media. One of the poignant statements made in the article said:
"Recent industry research from the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) shows that 45 percent of all new anglers are women. We’re not talking ICAST booth babes with a snapper on Instagram—we’re talking serious anglers who can head to your local fruit jar tournament and smoke the field."
On this week's episode of The Woman Angler & Adventurer podcast, we feature one such up-and-coming female angler. Meet Maddy Ogg. In her young age and relatively short time in the world of fishing, Maddy already has some major accomplishments under her belt. These include being named Women Anglers of Minnesota Angler of the Year and setting the Minnesota State Record for a catch-and-release pike.
Amanda Wilson is the owner of Deerfoot Resort located on the beautiful Chippewa Flowage in northern WI. The resort is on a private peninsula has several cabins, a motel and a bar that serves up good food and good fun. (They even have a peanut butter burger)!
Being a business owner, Amanda doesn't have a lot of time to spend in the outdoors, but when she does, she chases musky. Two years ago, Amanda won a local musky tournament where there she is part of an all-woman team. Her winning Musky was over 50 inches long, and her win even made the front page of the local paper. The very next year, her tournament partner Kristen, won the same tournament! There are 200 teams registered in the tournament and two years in a row the only all Women team took the highest honors.
Ernest Hemingway once said, “The Earth is a fine place and worth fighting for.” If you're a person who enjoys things like hunting, fishing and other outdoor adventures you no doubt agree. You've experienced the amazing beauty of a sunset on the lake in the summertime or the serene peace deep in the woods as the early morning fog begins to lift.
As outdoorswomen, we're called to protect & improve the valuable resources that allow us to experience all the special moments that keep us doing what we love to do.