“We Fish As One” and Emma Harrison's fight for female friendly fishing!

Peter

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I'm afraid that there is a faction within the Angling Trust that tend to do more harm than good.
A lot of good work has been done by the Angling Trust during the Covid Pandemic, however they seem to have a talent in trying to alienate both members and potential members when it comes to bringing up issues where none exist in order to appear relevant.

For example a Ladies only qualifier for Fishomania to guarantee a Lady Finalist, when Qualifiers had always been open to all regardless of gender.

IMO this will always hinder the Trust in their bid to increase membership.
 

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I fished a match at Lindholme once (July 2017) and the next peg from me was Katie Crooks.
I wasn't taking the match seriously but instead spent time watching her fishing the Jigga with casters, a method she did well and one I wasn't familiar with.
I spent time sat with her dad watching and chatting, and suffice to say she beat me fair and square. The banter carried on for a few years after wards :D
 

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Sadly I think its a case of a few mindless twonks dishing out abuse because they can't cope with the idea of a lass being better they are... they are just sad ignorant individuals
 

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And our Mermaids win at Alders a couple of years back....:love:(y)
Linda did well, even if she was on an absolute "Flyer" battered us all including Trevor @911 the fishery manager. 😂
In my own defence I did mange to beat her and win the match that she organised for us at Alders in 2012. ;)
 

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Linda did well, even if she was on an absolute "Flyer" battered us all including Trevor @911 the fishery manager. 😂
In my own defence I did mange to beat her and win the match that she organised For us at Alders in 2012. ;)
You've still gotta get land 'em....;)(y)......Has Trev' ever recovered?:whistle::giggle:
 

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I reckon I could probably count on one hand the amount of women I’ve seen fishing in this country. Have no doubt there’d be a bit of stereotyping like there unfortunately is with all women’s sport but I’d like to think that they’d mostly be accepted.

A great thing about angling is how accessible it is. Man, women, old, young, fit, unfit there’s forms of it suited to everyone 👍🏻
 

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I've always seen angling as one of the most inclusive activities, I guess there will always be a handful of those who still cling to old fashioned ideas but from my experience they are in the minority.
 

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Just because you haven’t seen it happen doesn’t mean that it doesn’t go on. Emma has obviously had experiences that have left her feeling uncomfortable and feels strongly enough to contact the AT about it. Even if it’s only happens in a minority of the time fair play to Emma and the AT in highlighting it. Going into tackle shops were the cliques stand at the counter and attending matches can be a intimidating experience for a lot of blokes let alone women.
 

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My admittedly limited experience on the subject is that female anglers get a largely positive reaction. It feels like the Angling Trust are trying to make themselves look relevant when it’s not necessary.
The sort of speech that Emma is
talking about sounds like the same sort of uneducated comments I’ve received my whole life for being a male hairdresser.
99% of people are accepting and nice, you will always get the 1% who are idiotic.
I hope Emma and others don’t let this minority put them off of the sport.
I for one would always step in if I ever saw someone being nasty towards anyone for being in the minority within our sport.
 

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Am I missing something? I have never once heard that women have no place in fishing, so why do they feel they have to fight to be included in something they haven't been excluded from?
Reading Emma's blog she quotes things that have been said to her. I have to believe her. Just because we have not witnessed something does not mean it does not happen. Emma does say that she is treated well by most of the anglers she encounters. But one incident of abuse, discrimination or harassment is one too many.
 

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I'm afraid that there is a faction within the Angling Trust that tend to do more harm than good.
A lot of good work has been done by the Angling Trust during the Covid Pandemic, however they seem to have a talent in trying to alienate both members and potential members when it comes to bringing up issues where none exist in order to appear relevant.

For example a Ladies only qualifier for Fishomania to guarantee a Lady Finalist, when Qualifiers had always been open to all regardless of gender.

IMO this will always hinder the Trust in their bid to increase membership.
Exactly, if the women fished the open qualifiers and got through, then they could hold their own in the final. If you were put through on a ladies only qualifier and got hammered out of site in the final it would look even worse.
 

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I remember the threads about it at the time
 

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Linda did well, even if she was on an absolute "Flyer" battered us all including Trevor @911 the fishery manager. 😂
In my own defence I did mange to beat her and win the match that she organised for us at Alders in 2012. ;)
I bet you took a nugget of her as well.☺️
 

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The open match fishing circuit is just that, a circuit where most people know each other, there is some very harsh and cutting banter, which is dealt with by giving as good as you get. As well as the psychological ‘banter’. Can’t say I’ve heard any derogatory comments when I’ve seen women fishing, although I did tell Julie Abbott she was jammy, when she had a big double right at the end of a match on Barston and beat me off the next peg.... 😀
 
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