RWONWF: Camaraderie

Editor’s note: This December marked our 7th Annual Real Women of Northwest Fishing feature! Once again, we turned the issue over to the women and girls who are quietly and very successfully joining the ranks of Washington, Oregon and Idaho fishers, making Northwest anglerdom all the stronger. And as we do each year, we share their stories and photos on our blog. Enjoy this year’s edition of Northwest Sportsman’s Real Women of Northwest Fishing! 

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By Kari-Lynn Smith

Fishing and hunting have been male-dominated industries for as long as they’ve been around and us girls were always left waiting on the dock, figuratively speaking. Well, not anymore, ladies! Every year more and more women get into fishing, and over the last five I have had the opportunity to meet some pretty amazing ones who I am proud to call my friends. There is no greater feeling than sitting in a boat full of other female anglers sharing stories. Whether on our boat, deep sea and tuna fishing, or the all-girls tournament this year on the Big C, we share the same passion for fishing, and it’s very empowering.

Kari-Lynn Smith (right) and a few of her friends take a moment before leaving the docks at Westport for their deep sea fishing adventure this past summer. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

Kari-Lynn Smith (right) and a few of her friends take a moment before leaving the docks at Westport for their deep sea fishing adventure this past summer. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

Every summer a group of us girls from beginners to experienced get together for a trip of a lifetime. About 25 of us book out a charter boat in Westport. Spending the day out in the ocean hoping to catch the big one while surrounded by other women is the best feeling in the world. From the deckhands teaching us how to filet our day’s catch to throwing your rod in the holder to help out the girl next to you bring her catch in, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

And following this year’s deep-sea trip, a few of us girls stuck around another night to embark on a new adventure – tuna fishing! I tell you, that was a whole new adventure. I still have yet to catch my first tuna but I am no stranger to reeling in sharks! It only makes me push harder next year to finally get that first tuna!

(KARI-LYNN SMITH)

(KARI-LYNN SMITH)

And now on to the next adventure – come on, winter steelhead season!

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