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Meet the angler changing the face of fishing

Ashley Rae has had quite the year. Not only has the multi-species angler and writer from Canada been kept busy pursuing her professional and personal interest in fishing – maintaining her reputation as one of the region’s top anglers – she has also been recognised as one of the ‘outdoorswomen transforming the face of hunting and fishing.’

Ashley documents her fishing adventures at SheLovesToFish.com. Here we talk to her about her successes, her expert tips and why everyone should try fishing at least once:

When did you first start fishing and when were you properly hooked?

I was fortunate to be introduced to fishing by a family friend at the age of 5. Fishing wasn’t an activity my parents took part in, so having the opportunity to be introduced was really special and life-changing. I loved it instantly!

“Catching a 50-inch musky on a topwater lure has been a definite highlight of the past few years.”

Growing up, I fished whenever I had an opportunity and then, after high school and college I purchased first a fishing kayak, then eventually my own boat so I could become independent on the water. I’ve never looked back.

Photo by Ashley.Rae

Photo by Ashley.Rae

Photo by Ashley.Rae

What are the benefits of fishing? How does it make you feel?

It is said that spending time outdoors is not only good for our health, but it helps us to care more for our environment and the species we share the earth with. I feel that fishing offers something special for everyone – whether it’s to relax, escape for awhile, or experience the crazy adrenaline rush of a big fish on the line.

I just haven’t found anything else I enjoy as much as being on the water and I can’t get enough of it!I think everyone can benefit from spending time outdoors and on the water regardless of gender, age or skill level.

“I feel that fishing offers something special for everyone – whether it’s to relax, escape for a while, or experience the crazy adrenaline rush of a big fish on the line.”

Do you have a favourite fishing moment?

I have a lot of favourite moments, but catching a 50-inch musky on a topwater lure has been a definite highlight for the past few years. (Full story here)

 

What is the situation right now for women in fishing?

Fishing is still a very male-dominated sport, but more and more women are taking an interest and this is great news as it means the sport is also growing. There’s no reason why women can’t be just as involved as men. The rise in female anglers helps inspire even more women to get out there and experience fishing.

 

What are the biggest differences between the realities and expectations of fishing?

Even the best and most skilled of anglers are humbled at times out on the water, and I think this is important for all of us to appreciate the fish that we pursue. No two days on the water are the same and each experience can be a learning opportunity if you’re willing to keep an open mind. I think we all go out there expecting an awesome day of fishing but you just never know how it will unfold and that’s part of the beauty of it.

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