By Barb Carey, President and Founder of Wi Women Fish
WI Women Fish just completed the 9th annual Women’s Fish Camp in Rhinelander WI. The event was held at Pine Valley Lodge and was attended by over 60 Women. Women travelled from WI, MN, MI, and IL to attend the annual event. The event included seminars on fly tying, boating, kayak fishing, smoking meat and fish, intro to Go Pro and Water Wolf Camera and others.
The focus on the weekend was mentoring others to help them improve their angling skills. The club also held its annual awards ceremony and a casual tournament. Several Women caught their first walleye, and pike. Several muskies were hooked up and the biggest was 42 inches. The participants left with a renewed passion for the sport and the member forum is receiving a record number of posts.
The years awards recipients were, Most Improved Angler Vicki Laux, Most improved boater, Sandra Smith, Rookie of the Year, Laurie Lambrecht, Mentor Award, Chris Boche, Leadership Award, Dodie Gibbs, Most Determined Angler, (Jo Curry Award) Melanie Sienkiewicz, Angler of the Year, Marcie Kontny, and the Meritorious Service Award, (Teresa Zais Award) went to Kathy McGee.
The clubs Master Angler Awards were given and there were 60 pins earned by members. The Master Angler program is sponsored by St Croix Rods. Numerous generous sponsors donated items for the event including, Rollie and Helen’s Musky Shop, Frabill, Plano, The Minnow Bucket Bait store, Gollen Bait, Lund Boats, The Great Wild Radio Show, Jerry’s Sport Service, Off Shore Tackle, Lake Fork Trophy Lures, Cabelas, Hobie Kayaks, Big Tooth Tackle, Nissan, Sea Foam, Badger Sportsman Magazine, Uncle Josh Bait Company, Muskie Maiden Lures, Fish on Kids Books, Dorn Hardware in Madison, and Sky Line Lodge in Perrault Falls Canada.
Plans are already in motion for next years event which will be the 10th anniversary of Fish Camp. Women who are interested in more information can follow WI Women Fish on facebook or check out the website at www.wiwomenfish.com. A new web site is being launched later this fall and 2016 will have several new events including a trip to ice fish Lake of the Woods. All skill levels are welcome.