I don’t need to run around proclaiming “I’m hot!” because I hunt, fish or shoot a bow or gun – alongside legions of men and women who promote the traditions of hunting, shooting, archery and fishing by a) doing those things already and b) recruiting new members.
While we’re on the subject of hot fishing, when is the mainstream outdoor industry going to realize that the way to promote fishing among women does not mean using bikini clad models ice fishing, bass fishing or wearing bikini tops and waders in a stream? For years, I’ve watched as mainstream magazines and regional outdoor magazines buy and publish photos of women in bikinis holding fish, and frankly it borders on soft porn.
So, a few years ago I asked a well-known outdoor photographer and freelance writer why he felt the need to contact local modeling agencies and get women out on the boat with him to pose with fish. To which he became incensed and his answer went like this: “I have never paid a woman to fish with me or to take her photo with a fish. These girls just do it to enhance their portfolios!”
I’m not saying there’s not a market for that type of photography: beautiful women and beautiful fish.
I’m saying don’t come bemoaning the fact that you can’t get women and girls interested in fishing when that’s what they see in the popular fishing magazines. And by the way, for you guys out there who love this type of photography? When was the last time you took your wife, daughter, sister, female friend, or mom fishing?
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