I had surgery last week and couldn't fish or drive, so I was working on the website and talking to some friends on Facebook while watching some live tournament coverage, and the subject of why we don't see many women fishing in professional bass events came up.
It really made me think because I hadn't paid as much attention to this as I should have.
I decided to contact some old friends in professional bass fishing both male and female and get their thoughts on it, and I think you'll be surprised at what some of them said.
First, in case you weren't aware it, women haven't always been allowed to fish BASS events.
The first woman to compete in a co-ed BASS tournament was Vojai Reed. She fished the 1991 Missouri Invitational and finished 58th! not bad, but it wasn't anything to indicate that women were going to win a lot of Bassmaster Angler of the Year awards or start taking home Bassmaster Classic trophies.
And as of 2018, they haven't!
I had a tackle store, guide service, and a radio show at the very beginning of the internet.
I had been involved in the old Redman Tour where I met a lot of anglers who are fishing at a professional level today, and I had opened Bass Pro shops in Harrisburg, Pa where I did seminars for TTI Blackmore, allowing me to associate with a lot of professionals in bass fishing. I contacted Andre Moore, who had Reaction Innovations and started carrying his baits, and interviewing him on the radio shows.I was at the Classic when he proposed to Kim Bain on stage.
I thought, how perfect is this, a team like that fishing the Classics together, she will go far.
Kim Bain-Moore was the first woman to compete in the Bassmaster Classic. She qualified by winning the 2008 Women's Bassmaster Tour Angler of the Year title. In the Classic, she finished 47th out of 51 anglers. It was her first and last!
Pam Martin-Wells became the second woman to fish the Classic. Like Kim Bain-Moore, she qualified after winning the 2009 WBT AOY award. She finished 22nd out of 51 anglers in the Classic. Pam Martin-Wells is easily the most accomplished female angler in BASS history. Martin-Wells ranks 123rd on the BASS all-time prize money list with $ 308,321.14. Ninety-nine percent of that was earned through the WBT or in her one and only Classic appearance.
After the dissolution of the WBT in 2011 no woman has even come close to qualifying for the championship.
Janet Parker came pretty close to qualifying for the Elites in 2011.
Sabrina Thompson was profiled a while back on a local news station in Texas, she is a Pro Angler and was participating in that weekend's Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Opens.
So why is that a big deal?
She was the first black woman ever to compete in the bass fishing tournament.
She serves as the Vice President of the …