About 5 years ago, I was introduced to fishing by a friend who is an avid angler. His love for fishing was so contagious that he was branded as the fisherman in University. From there, he has gotten quite a number of people to try out fishing and I was one of them. Ever since then, I have gone on a few trips to get a feel of what fishing is all about. After going to various different locations for fishing, I noticed the lack of females that are interested in this sport or hobby. I previously wrote a blog about my trip to Senwell Fishing Pond and an observation I could not miss was the fact that my friend and I were the only ladies that was at the pond. I guess you could say it’s commonly understood that fishing is a man’s sport.

I was curious to know whether the lack of female interested in this activity was only in Malaysia or if there is a global disinterest of fishing by women. With that curiosity, I browsed through Instagram to get a better overview regarding this. You may ask, why Instagram? Well, as a millennial, it is a known fact that you can find out a lot of a person through their Instagram, especially when it comes to their hobbies and passion. I was surprised to find the number of female anglers that is present in the Western world. Many of them have thousands of followers and have caught various types of fish. Girlfishingdaily is an Instagram page dedicated to showcasing women anglers with their impressive catches.

 

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(Source: Kalimityk8, girlsfishingdailycheyenneelee)

With this newly discovered information, I decided to conduct primary research by creating a survey and asking 100 Malaysian women between the age of 17 to 50 years old to give me some insight on what Malaysian women thinks of fishing. I only asked them 3 simple questions and the results are shown below:

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As expected, more than half (63%) of the women who took the survey has never been fishing;  and the other 37% has gone fishing at least once in the lives. By no means do the results generated depict the opinion of fishing by all Malaysian women as I only surveyed 100 women, but it does give you a glimpse of how exposed Malaysian women are to fishing.

If Yes, Do You Enjoy Fishing?

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Shown above is some of the answers given by the women about whether they enjoyed fishing. ⅔ of the answers were surprisingly positive! Those who have tried fishing actually enjoys the activity. A few out of the ones who did not enjoy it stated that it is because they didn’t catch anything which most anglers know is just part and parcel of fishing. Sometimes you may catch 10 in one day, and some days you may catch none even after 8 hours of trying. Therefore, I believe that those women might change their minds and enjoy the sport once they have experienced the adrenaline of fighting a fish!

 

If No, Why Not?

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Out of the 63 women who have not tried fishing before, most attributed the reason to lack of interest in the sport, or they haven’t gotten the opportunity to do it; which means those women can potentially be converted to enjoy fishing as a sport. Unlike other activities such as marathon running or hiking, where you have a more equal participation from both gender, fishing is a more niche activity that most people try out of interest, a source of gaining food or they know someone who is an angler. To be frank, if I did not have a friend who was crazy about fishing, I don’t think I would have ever tried it out, especially since no men in my family enjoys the sport.

“I value animals lives.”

This is probably one of the memorable replies I received and the reason is that some people look at fishing with a negative perspective, concluding the fact that you are trying to hook the fish with a sharp object, as you being someone who does not value animals. But what I’ve noticed is that fishermen values and have high respect for fish as compared to an average Joe who does not particularly enjoy fishing. This activity is not meant to degrade, but instead, anglers know that those creatures that are swimming in the water have more strength than what people presume, hence why they enjoy fighting the fish and get a sense of achievement when they have won the fight.

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I enjoyed reading the answers to the last question the most because of the various responses that were given. One thing for sure is that most women associates fishing with patience. Some meant it in a positive way, in the sense where it is a time where you can clear your mind and test your patience. And others looked at having to be patient as something that is difficult. Which I completely understand because I myself think that having to be patient for hours on end is the most difficult aspect of fishing yet, it is an admirable trait to have.

All in all, I think with increase exposure to fishing or more opportunity given, more Malaysian women may want to give fishing a try. The Malaysian heat is not something we can change, so maybe those who are more susceptible to the outdoors and getting down and dirty would take on the challenge and test their patience!

For you ladies, who are interested in giving fishing a try, don’t hesitate to contact us and we will guide you through it and hopefully catch a big one! As for the men and other anglers, encourage your female friends to experience the culture of fishing and what it has to offer!

For more info, please contact us at hello@jomfishing.com.my!