A website has been launched which it is hoped will become a hub for lady anglers and eventually encourage fisheries and clothing and tackle manufacturers to cater more for women.
Launched by Lucy Wightman from Hinckley, a sales co-ordinator for an architectural products company, fishing-women.co.uk, is still in its infancy but carries sections on forthcoming exhibitions and events; a photo gallery, and - in conjunction with Fisheries.co.uk - a small section on venues in the Midlands.
Lucy, who has been a keen angler since she was eight years old when she used to go fishing with her dad, said: "I decided to set up Fishing Women to create a sort of hub for female anglers. Not that I
feel angling is a sexist sport by any means, rather I wanted an opportunity to have a chance to talk to like-minded individuals who both fish and are women.
"My aim for the site is to expand the community, with suggestions from other members. I am planning on setting up a photo gallery so we can upload images of our catches. There are certain aspects of fishing that, I feel, women prefer over men's expectations of the sport. One issue I have come across is that it is quite hard to find fishing clothing for women, it will be good to exchange views and sources, but also to let manufacturers know that there is a market for such products.
"Also it would be good to exchange our favorite fishing spots. A lot of the time there are not facilities which are appropriate for women like toilets - it would be nice to know where is suitable, as well as
the fishing opportunities."