According to the 2017 special report published by the Outdoor Industry Association and the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation, women are now the fastest-growing demographic in fishing.
Bron Beal, Executive Director of the Dallas Boat Expo, anchoring at Dallas Market Hall in July, says, “We have seen the increased interest from women pursuing fish with line and lure for some time. There are more retailers and manufacturers developing practical lines of fishing gear specifically for women, more women fishing guides, a growing number fishing blogs penned by women, women’s fishing events and women who are making a name for themselves in pro fishing.”
Organizations such as Texas Lady Anglers, are committed to bringing more ladies to the sport of fishing, are offering seminars, group trips, and tournaments, to appeal to ladies of various skill levels, from beginners who ‘have never cast before’ to those ‘who have lots of hook sets under your belt.’
From White Rock Lake to Lake Ray Hubbard, the Dallas/Fort Worth area holds ample opportunity for females to take their fishing game to the next level. Tools such as Take Me Fishing.org provide quick and easy access to everything to help women and girls break the ‘bass ceiling’.
“The mental aspects of fishing tend to level the playing field between the sexes,” Beal says, “and I couldn’t be happier to see this demonstrated on area lakes and on the Expo floor.”
With more than 600 new boats (including plenty fishing boats) and accessory vendors, this year’s show gives the unique opportunity to shop for ideas and items that fishermen and women can use to make their time on the water even better. The Dallas Boat Expo, presented by the United Boat Dealers of North Texas, will be at Dallas Market Hall July 19-22.