A few weeks ago, while sharing a link online to one of my posts, I came across something sad. I noticed that a female angler who regularly posts on a Facebook page that I happen to have “liked” was being accused of posting a Photoshop altered image of one of her largemouth bass catches (by another woman). Mind you, I happen to see the photos that this angler posts of her catches several times each month. While it is pretty apparent that she does have other things going on in her life aside from fishing, I haven’t yet seen a photo that looks like it’s been altered.
I am fully aware that there are plenty of people out there who tweak photos. Although, from what I have seen thus far, the outdoors woman I am referring to honestly does love fishing and has been on the cover of several respectable fishing magazines. That said, it really bummed me out to see her being publicly criticized on social media without just cause. Jealously? I have to ask myself… and all of you… what drives some women to be so competitive and backbiting?
To the above types of confrontational women (you know who you are), how about STOPPING for one second to try lifting others up instead of tearing them down? No matter how good you think you are at fishing or anything else, there will always be someone out there who has more skills, who has been doing it longer, and who genuinely wants to see other women succeed and serve as a good role model for beginning anglers. We all started somewhere. Besides, that “mean girl” thing… so unflattering.
Ways To Empower Other Anglers
- If you see someone outdoors fishing or on social media performing any kind of angling act in a way that you perceive to be incorrect or not in the best interest of conservation, how about sending them a polite private message mentioning the proper way? Don’t you think we should give them credit for being out there and becoming involved in the sport regardless?
- If a fellow outdoors woman or lady angler is interested in refining her skills, suggest that she attend an upcoming fishing seminar or clinic. For example, the “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” seminar series or the FWC “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” program in Florida both host a few events each year throughout the state. You can also suggest that they reach out to Jeanene Arrington, of Not a Clue Adventures, who runs an outdoor guide service and specializes in educating women on a variety of outdoor activities like hiking, camping, fishing and canoeing.
- Invite her along the next time you go out fishing with a group so she has the chance to connect with other anglers and learn a little something from each of them. I know there are several of you out there saying to yourselves, “I’m not going to invite someone I hardly know out fishing. What if she refuses to bait her own line or claims she has to run to the bathroom every 5 minutes?” Well, guess what? You will find out real fast how serious someone is when it comes to learning more about the sport.
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