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Interview with Kim Bain-Moore

Kim Bain-Moore has been called the First Lady of Fishing after securing her name in history as the first woman to fish the Bassmaster Classic. We recently had the opportunity to have a short interview with Kim and ask her a few questions about her love of fishing, her experience fishing competitively and what it was like to be the first woman to fish the Classic.

Kim Bain-Moore shows off her catch during weigh-in at last year's Women's Bassmaster Tour event in Lewisville, Texas.

Kim Bain-Moore shows off her catch during weigh-in at last year's Women's Bassmaster Tour event in Lewisville, Texas.

Fishing Fury: Hey Kim, let us start by saying it’s a great pleasure to speak with you. You’ve broken a lot of barriers in the world of fishing and it’s great to see the sport grow and evolve with women competing in big tournaments.

Who would you credit with building your love for fishing from a young age?

Kim Bain-Moore: Without a doubt, my Mum (Lynn) and Dad (Steve). They were always proactive in creating opportunities for me to get outdoors and enjoy nature. My fondest memories are spending time with my family fishing and hunting on my weekends and vacations. I was also a member of many sportfishing clubs in Australia, so I have been very privileged to have grown up around many diverse and talented anglers.

FF: What was your favorite fish to catch when you were young? What methods did you use?

KBM: I can’t really narrow down the list. I loved catching a small inshore fish called a ‘whiting’ because they were my favorite to eat! But I also enjoyed walking the creek banks with my Dad catching catfish on hardbodied lures. In most cases, the water was very clear and you could see the actions of the lures and see the fish strike. Plus it was always an adventure walking in to the creek. I just love being in the ‘outback’, it feels like home.

FF: What is your favorite species to catch now?

KBM: Some things never change…I still can’t narrow down the list! In Australia, I love catching Barramundi, which are like a cross between a Snook and a Largemouth. They’re big, silver and have extremely large mouths. Usually caught around standing timber on topwaters and jerkbaits, ‘barra’ are incredibly powerful and are very challenging to land when hooked around heavy cover. In the USA, my favorite would be flipping a Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver on the California Delta for largemouth (it could be 2lbs or 15lbs!). I also love Snook (because they’re like a barra! Ha! ), redfish and big tuna!

FF: What is your favorite bass fishing setup?

KBM: My ideal set up is my Legend 211 with a 250hp Evinrude E-TEC for sure! Evinrude is celebrating their 100th anniversary so I couldn’t be happier celebrating with them by zooming around in my boat, enjoying more quality fishin’ time on the water! Add a couple of 8′ Powerpoles, a Minn Kota Fortrex, a Humminbird 1197 and 997 (with Navionics Platinum chips), along with a handful of my favorite Plano tackle boxes loaded with our Reaction Innovation Plastics and I’m all set.

My ideal outfit is a 7’5 GLoomis BCFR894 GLX, fast action with a Pflueger Patriarch spooled with 20-30lb Hi-Seas Grand Slam braid. I’d tie a 15-20lb Hi-Seas Fluorocarbon leader to that via an Albright knot. To complete, add a 3/16 – 5/16th tungsten bullet weight, a Reaction Innovations 4/0 BMF hook (with BMF barb) a Sweet Beaver in “California #420”, “Hematoma” or “Juicy”!

FF: Most of the fishermen we know love to drink, do you? If so what is your favorite beer?

KBM: I usually like to sample a micro-brew or a local specialty. If I got a commercial beer, it would probably be a Killians or a Fat Tire.

FF: Tattoos are also popular among fishermen these days. Have you got any tattoos?

KBM: No. I don’t care for them.

A native Australian, Bain-Moore moved to the United States at age 19 to compete in American bass events.

A native Australian, Bain-Moore moved to the United States at age 19 to compete in American bass events.

FF: How would you compare fishing growing up in Australia to fishing in the United States?

KBM: We have so many different styles of fisheries that I really got a feel for being a multi-species angler. My Dad always taught me that having a lot of experience with different styles of fishing makes you a well rounded angler, so I have always tried new things. To date I have traveled and fished 21 countries around the world. You never know when a trick from one particular discipline may benefit you with another. In the USA, I have fished in tournaments for walleye, redfish, bass and kingfish, so I’ve kept my passion for chasing different species. In either Australia or the USA, I have always surrounded myself with anglers that have the same passion for the sport and its growth that I do. That goes for my sponsors, too. I choose to build relationships with companies that are dedicated to growing the sport and inventing technologies, like Evinrude who has continued to develop the marine engine over the last 100 years.

FF: We’ve read that you started fishing at a very young age and that you’re also very competitive. When did you first start fishing competitively? What part of competitive fishing did you like the most? What’s the biggest or best prize you’ve ever won in a competition?

KBM: I started fishing when I was about four. I am competitive, but perhaps hungry is a better word. I am never competitive with people, only with the challenges and goals that I set for myself. I usually set goals for myself during the fishing day, even if it’s just to experiment with a different style of lure for 10 minutes. It keeps the mind continually thinking of possibilities and keeps you on your toes. I started competing in tournaments with my family when I was very young, individually (where I made my own decisions about locations and techniques) when I was around 16 years old. The biggest prize emotionally was a the Bassmaster Classic berth. It had always been a dream of mine to go and to be there amongst the ranks of some of the greatest bass anglers in history. It literally took my breath away. Seriously. I used to watch videos of these guys and then I got to say ‘G’day’ and hang out with them. Financially – for my own use – the Toyota Tundra is the greatest prize. I have just ordered a 4×4 CrewMax limited, so I am very excited about delivery next week!

FF: What was the biggest challenge you faced while competing in a sport that is predominantly men?

KBM: Assuring myself that just because it hasn’t been done before doesn’t mean that it’s wrong. If you want something, never stop until you get it. The steeper the climb, the more rewarding it is when you get there.

FF: Do you ever find that in a sport dominated by men, that as a woman, you are more determined to push yourself harder and commit yourself more to your craft?

KBM: I don’t think I was more determined because I am female, but there isn’t a well-trodden path to follow so you have to set goals and maintain a focus. I have always pushed myself to learn and to improve as much as possible. Catching fish is fun, and learning is the ultimate goal. I simply want to do everything in my power to catch more and have even more fun on the journey!

In April 2008, Bain-Moore sparkled in her Women's Bassmaster Tour debut, winning the season-opening event in Lewisville, Texas.

In April 2008, Bain-Moore sparkled in her Women's Bassmaster Tour debut, winning the season-opening event in Lewisville, Texas.

FF: After a long hard day of tournament fishing what do you do to relax?

Definitely a hot shower and a good meal. If my husband is with me, maybe a foot rub if I can convince him.

FF: I don’t know a single fisherman that doesn’t dream of flying to an exotic destination to catch huge exotic fish. Do you have any dream destinations you can tell us about?

KBM: I’d love to explore South America. Payara and Golden Dorado. Cuba would be awesome. Giant tigerfish in the Congo. I’d love to catch a Marlin over 1000lbs (my Dad was a wireman on gameboats and has seen and handled fish like this…it’s always been my fantasy) and a bluefin tuna over 500lbs. As weird as it sounds, when I’m salwater fishing, if I’m feeling the muscle burn and my body hurts, I am having a good time. My husband and I have a 36′ Invincible centre console with triple 300hp Evinrude E-TECs and we’d love to drive it to Bermuda for a fishing trip. Mum and Dad have a 30′ Walkaround in Australia.

And then every now and again, I get a hankering for a tasty fish feed fresh off the water. At that time, utopia would be a snapper or grouper.

FF: What do you see in your future fishing and non-fishing, what are your goals?

KBM: I would like to promote the sport of fishing and get more people, particularly kids, involved. I would like give children the same wonderful upbringing that I had – enjoying and respecting nature.

I studied acting in school and was an honor student for the entire state, so I would like to do more in that field. I’m enjoying my TV fishing show.

FF: What do you like to do when you aren’t fishing?

KBM: If it’s not bass or saltwater fishing, it would be hunting. I have a desire to continue my African safari (I have a big Impala and a Cape Buffalo). If the weather is bad enough to keep me inside (rarely), you’ll find me watching a silly movie, probably something with Will Ferrell, or curled up on the couch reading.

Kim Bain-Moore shows off her catch during weigh-in at last year's Women's Bassmaster Tour event in Lewisville, Texas.

Kim Bain-Moore shows off her catch during weigh-in at last year's Women's Bassmaster Tour event in Lewisville, Texas.

Kim we want to thank you very much for taking the time to answer a few questions for us. We’ve learned a lot about you and your love for fishing. Personally, we love what you’ve done and look forward to hearing about your future.