While getting ready to publish this story I realized that we haven’t had any original Fishing Fury editorial for 2009 which makes this the first! What an amazing start to the year!
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 years 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.
The Bassmasters Classic is the biggest bass fishing tournament in the world. For 38 years the classic has only featured men, but this year that changed. Kim Bain-Moore made history competing against 49 men for the most coveted prize in bass fishing. For some reason this was a hard pill to swallow for many of her competitors and fans of the sport and that blows me away. Kim’s reflections on the event really put things into perspective.
“Then there was the undercurrent of displeasure towards my situation from some of my fellow Classic competitors…which for a few of them turned into a personal vendetta.
Be careful what you wish for, hey. I wished to fish the Classic and that’s exactly what I got — boots and all. Thanks guys for making it real and not pretend. I’ve been to the Classic, and there was no special favourite sister or hold the door for the girl treatment. Yet out of the blue, friendliness, yes; some true greats of our sport who were competing at this Classic countered the negative vibes with their support and endorsements without the “although, but, what if.”
What makes things worse is the utter lack of online footage about this historic event. I found a few short, low quality video clips on various blogs, but the only serious interview I found is several months old. Not even YouTube had a decent video of Kim!
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