She Fishes: Capt. Debbie Hanson On Fresh vs. Salt, Fishing Jobs & More


This woman knows how to catch some fish!!

I first met Capt. Debbie Hanson of SheFishes2 at a conference where we were both speaking.

She’d recently walked away from a “corporate” job to pursue her love of the outdoors full time and as you’ll hear in this awesome interview, we should all be glad she did!

She’s making huge strides to get more female anglers out on the water and is taking the fishing industry by storm as she’s an award-winning writer, radio host, and full-time fishing guide.

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Here’s a sneak preview of what we covered:

  • How to get more girls into fishing
  • Pursuing happiness (and not comfort)
  • What it takes to make it in the fishing industry — and how most people are getting it wrong
  • Saltwater vs. freshwater fishing
  • The most important thing to know if you want to be a good angler
  • And much more

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Here’s a timestamped table of contents from my conversation with Capt. Debbie

2:42 – How Capt. Debbie got into fishing

4:52 – What it’s like growing up as a girl who likes fishing more than playing with dolls

8:11 – The current state of women in the fishing industry

10:11 – What motivated Capt. Debbie to become a captain (instead of sticking to just blogging)

12:45 – How to get a job or start a business in the fishing industry (and what NOT to do)

17:40 – How to build up a customer base as a fishing guide

21:05 – Capt. Debbie’s thoughts on the bikini-clad female anglers

25: 38 – How she got started with REEL Talk Radio

29:44 – If she had a day off… would she go fresh or saltwater fishing?

31:45 – The amazing stories of her two biggest bass

35:40 – Capt. Debbie’s advice for females who want to get into fishing (note: Capt. Debbie mentioned and as two resources to get started)

40:45 – How men can get their wives or girlfriends into fishing

46:00 – The most important thing when it comes to actually catching fish (hint: it’s NOT spots)


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Capt. Debbie is an incredible angler, guide, and role model, and I’m so pumped to have gotten her on the show.

As a father to two young girls, I’m thankful for women like Debbie who care about getting more girls fishing.

If you want to book a trip with her or learn more about her, you can find her at the links below:

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