The Complete List: 33 Must Know Female Anglers In Florida
A woman who catches fish…
A few months ago we had a blog that went crazy viral called, “The Complete List: 85 Must Know Saltwater Anglers”.
It ended up with over 4,200 Facebook likes/shares, a boatload of retweets, and even a bunch of Google+ votes!
Note: You can see the full “Top 85 Angler List” post by clicking here
Well, recently we were chatting with our friend Capt. Mike Goodwine (aka Blackneck Adventures), and he mentioned that we should continue doing these popular fishing lists… and more specifically, that the next “Must Know Fishing List” should be focused on female anglers as they don’t get enough credit in our industry.
And we agree!
For decades, the fishing industry has been almost entirely male dominated.
But fortunately with the rise of social media (and some Bad to the Bone female anglers), fisherwomen are not only getting some respect these days, they are getting some well-deserved respect.
Not to mention, outfishing many men…
So here it is, the complete list of the must know female anglers (aka Fisherwomen) here in the great state of Florida.
Who are these female anglers and how did they make the list?
We started by asking about a dozen well-known anglers and fishing guides around Florida to tell us what women they would have on the list. And just so you know, we asked both male and female anglers to give their input.
Then we also went through Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube and found some of the most popular female anglers with the largest followings (because if you have the largest following, you are a “Must Know” regardless of how many fish you catch).
Who are they?
As you will see below, these amazing and well-deserving female anglers have all kinds of different backgrounds from:
- YouTube fishing celebrities
- World Record Fishing holders
- Hard-core fishing guides
- TV celebrities
- Instagram celebrities
- Fishing industry models
- Up and coming fishing Pros
33 Must Know Florida Female Anglers
Important Note: Before you leave a comment, please know that this is a family-friendly site so we will not tolerate any inappropriate comments or feedback. Moreover, we hope that you will encourage and support every single one of these women as they are the future of getting more girls outside fishing. Finally, it is also important to realize that this list is a “Must Know” list, not necessarily a list of female anglers that have caught the most world record fish in Florida (although she is on here is well).
Note: These women are NOT listed in any particular order
Female angler Jessica Jae is no stranger to making appearances on Salt Strong.
And with her 26,000+ followers on Instagram along with an ever growing YouTube channel, Jessica Jae was a no-brainer to make this angler list.
Jessica lives on the East Coast of Florida.
You can follow her on Instagram here.
Capt. Krista Miller
Capt. Krista Miller does it all!
She is a full-time charter captain out of St. George Island, Florida, she has a photography company, and she even went to Law School (so don’t even try arguing with her about size limits on fish).
From the feedback we’ve heard from her clients and fellow guides up in the panhandle, Capt. Krista is one of the hardest working female guides on the West Coast of Florida… and she certainly knows how to catch some fish.
You can check out her company, Island Charters, here on Facebook.
Known as “BombChelle” to her 20,000+ Instagram followers (see Michelle’s Instagram page here), Michell Clavette had no problem making this list as one of the most followed female anglers on Instagram.
It doesn’t hurt that she has landed more species of pelagic fish than many men.
Michelle lives in South Florida near Lighthouse Point.
Deidra Bridger Johnson
Deidra Bridger Johnson, aka “Deidra Outdoors” first made her appearance all over the online fishing networks a few years ago when the video of her hand-lining a Goliath Grouper went viral (you can see that video here)
Today, she and her husband Capt. Bo Johnson (the two of them are the faces behind Fish Tenacity) have a huge following as they put their clients on some of the biggest fish in Southwest Florida.
You can usually find Deidra fishing or hunting somewhere near the west coast of Florida.
Check out her 17,000+ follower Instagram page here.
Female angler Brandi Metts has caught just about every saltwater species in Florida!
And if you look at all of the amazing catches in her Instagram feed, you will know why she made this list.
Not to mention, she has a pretty decent Instagram following as well.
Check out Brandie on Instagram here.
With one of the largest YouTube and Instagram followings for any female bass angler in Florida, angler Sydney Sewell came recommended by multiple guides to be on this list.
Whether it be from a kayak or bass boat, this girl can pull up some lunkers!
Keep an eye on Sydney as she will certainly be a force to be reckoned with in the freshwater fishing world.
You can check out her popular YouTube channel here.
Known to her 20,000+ Instagram fans as “BreGoneFishing”, Brenna Williams lives to fish.
Not to mention, this female angler can catch some serious redfish on both fly and conventional reels.
Every time we see her posts coming across our Instagram feed it’s Brenna holding another good looking copper top redfish.
Bre lives in Central Florida and you can check out her Instagram page here.
If you ask anyone in the Florida Keys to name you a “Must Know” female angler, there is a good chance you will hear the name Alysha Aratari.
And with her 22,000+ Instagram followers, Alysha was another n0-brainer to make this female anglers list.
She has been fishing since she was a young girl, and she now lives down in the Florida Keys full time where everyone knows her as a “fisherwoman”.
Check out her Instagram page here.
Hardly anyone is having as much fun as Brittney Novalsky out there!
This must know female angler travels the world in search of outdoor adventure from monster bull redfish in Louisiana to the bluefin Trevally up above in Panama, this gal can flat out catch fish!
Brittney is from Melbourne, Florida where her dad was a commercial fisherman and clammer.
Follow Brittney on her popular Facebook page called “Fishing Adventures with Brittney Novalsky”
Darcie Arahill, aka “Darcizzle”, aka “Darcizzle Offshore” blew up on the saltwater fishing scene with her incredibly popular YouTube channel a couple of years ago (the Darcizzle Offshore YouTube channel has over 11 million views today).
Her Instagram following is not too shabby either with over 70,000 followers!
And just this year, Darcizzle finally had enough momentum to quit her job to go full-time on the fishing business (you can listen to the Darcizzle interview here)
Make sure to check out the Darcizzle Offshore YouTube channel here.
Quin Haddon (aka “Quirkybear” on Instagram) was originally from Canada, but moved to the St. Pete area to pursue fishing.
She travels all over the place to catch big fish, while spending much of her time in between Florida and Mexico.
Quin is an accomplished artist and she is also a writer for the Onshore-Offshore Magazine.
Check her out here on Instagram.
Angler Heidi Nute is a master with a fly rod in hand.
In fact, she has earned multiple World Records on the fly including the IGFA 16-pound ladies tarpon fly world record at 152.8-pounds (it was the largest documented tarpon ever caught by a lady on regulation fly tackle).
Heidi lives in Islamorada, Florida and can be found fishing many of the fishing tournaments down in the Keys.
She also makes quite a few appearances on the popular fishing TV show called “Silver Kings”
You can see Heidi in this Silver Kings trailer here.
Sara Maria (or known to her Instagram fans as “Saras_au”) is the kayak/paddleboard/beach fishing queen of the Florida panhandle.
We’ve been following Sara for some time now and this girl has caught more species of saltwater fish from her kayak than many people do from a boat.
Follow her on Instagram here.
Capt. Lacey Kelly
If you could only pick one woman to guide you on both the water and the land for a full weekend of fishing and hunting anywhere in Florida, it would have to be Capt. Lacey Kelly.
Whether it be a tarpon, redfish, or an Osceola Wild Turkey, Lacey knows where to find them.
With so much love and respect from the entire outdoors community in Florida, it is no surprise that Lacey Kelly is on this list.
Follow her on Instagram here.
Female angler Jackie Shea is on the up-and-coming so keep an eye on this gal.
She has appeared in numerous popular fishing videos, and the girl certainly knows her way around the boat.
Whether it be offshore or catching redfish and black drum on a Barbie rod, this girl can land some fish.
Check her out on Instagram here and expect some big things from Jackie in the future.
Capt. Krista Tucker
Capt. Krista Tucker (aka Capt. Krista “Redfish” Tucker to her 11,000+ Instagram followers) made the Salt Strong viral video page last year with an awesome video of her catching a redfish using a McDonald’s Chicken Nugget as bait (watch that video here)
Ever since then we have watched Capt. Krista having a blast while catching fish, traveling, and growing her brand.
Keep up the great work Krista!
To follow Capt. Krista on Instagram, click here.
Capt. Alissa Vinoski
Female angler Capt. Alissa Vinoski was another angler that received multiple votes to get on this list.
She is an inshore fishing phenom and pretty darn good with a fly rod from what we’ve been told.
She resides near Tampa, but fishes all over the state of Florida.
Probably the youngest female angler on the list, angler Chasten Whitfield (known to many as “Chasten Whitfish”) is an angler that you certainly want to keep your eyes on.
With one of the biggest followings for any female angler, the future looks bright for young girls getting outside fishing if we can have more young influencers like Chasten around.
You might have seen Chasten on certain fishing TV shows (she has been a guest on a couple of shows), or perhaps at a Florida Sportsman expo with her awesome “Castin’ with Chasten” (where she teaches kids how to throw a cast net), or even her new apparel line called “Chastenation”.
Oh, and she also landed a 178lb IGFA certified Tarpon before she could drive a car!
You can follow Chasten Whitfield on Instagram here.
Christina “Tina” Cerrone is another South Florida native (from Lighthouse Point area) to make the list, and she spends most of her time fishing Hillsborough Inlet or shooting over to the Bahamas in search of pelagics.
One of her favorite fish to catch is the Swordfish, and she has a few of them under her belt.
Tina has also built up a nice following on Instagram, and you can follow her here.
Female angler Alex Woodsum has been fly fishing since she was 8 years old!
Fast forward to today, Alex has caught countless fish on the fly, not to mention countless species of fish.
She is the Development and Communications Director for Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, the Project Lead for Project Healing Waters in Miami (a group that teaches wounded veterans how to fly fish), and she’s also part of the Anglers Circle for the American Museum of Fly Fishing.
You can follow Alex on Instagram here.
Capt. Leiza Fitzgerald
Captain Leiza Fitzgerald is certainly a “Must Know” and her list of fishing accomplishments and tournament placings wouldn’t fit in this small section.
Leiza is the Tournament Director of the CCA Star Fishing Tournament, and she has been featured on popular TV shows such as Chevy Insider Fishing Report and FlatsClass.
Follow Leiza on Instagram here.
Female angler Dotty Ballantyne was an absolute no-brainer to be on this must know female angler list.
Well, you might not see Dotty on Instagram or Facebook as much as some of these other gals, but Dotty has something that none of them have…
Almost 100 IGFA World Records under her name!
You can read more about Dotty and her fishing records here.
Young Rebecca Courtney is another female angler here in Florida that you want to keep your eye on.
She is an incredibly talented angler, and can toss a fly with the best of them.
And at one point last year, she practically froze our site with all of the traffic her fly fishing video brought in (you can see that video here)
Follow Rebecca Courtney on Instagram here.
Brooke Thomas (known by her ginormous Instagram following of 77,000+ as “The Brookster”) was mentioned by numerous people to be on this list.
Probably because she has one of the bigger social media followings for a female angler out there in terms of Instagram.
And don’t let her petite size fool you, this girl can land a monster fish and go bow-fishing with the best of them.
Follow The Brookster on Instagram here.
When we asked some of our fly fishing friends what female anglers should be on this “Must Know” female angling list, we heard the name Kat Vallillee a couple of times.
And after seeing some of her awesome fish on the fly, we can see why.
Kat can be found fishing all over Florida, including many fly fishing tournaments.
Follow Kat on Instagram here.
Miami native Emily Riemer has one of the largest Instagram followings (at over 40,000 fans) for any female angler.
This fun-loving gal travels all over the world for photo shoots, fun, and catching fish.
And even though she looks like a supermodel, she isn’t afraid to get some fish blood and guts on her.
Check her out on Instagram here.
This must-know Florida female angler has been blowing up over the past year or so as she can now be seen all over TV with her hit show “Larysa Unleashed”.
Larysa has both a hunting and a fishing show that can be found on channels such as The World Fishing Network, Destination America, The Sportsman Channel, and a few others.
Make sure to check Larysa out on TV and also follow her on Instagram here.
Known to her followers as “The OFishalInsider”, Brie Gabrielle is the well-known co-host of the Chevy Insider Report with Captain Rick Murphy.
And she became famous all throughout the country last year as she was crowned Miss Florida USA 2016!
Besides Brie’s huge TV following, she also has a very large social media following as well.
Oh, and did we mention that this girl knows how to catch fish!
Make sure to follow Brie on Instagram here.
Capt. Monique Richter
South Florida resident Capt. Monique Richter is not only a top-notch sport fishing captain, but she is also one heck of a marine artist (this is one of her many pieces of art above).
And not only can this gal catch some monster fish, she was also a professional wakeboarder where she traveled the world for many years.
Make sure to follow Capt. Monique here on Instagram.
Luiza Barros was another no-brainer on this Must-Know female angler list!
With over 72,000 followers on Instagram (she goes by “Fishing with Luiza”), not to mention her regular appearances on the popular fishing show Extreme Fishing Adventures with Jimmy Nelson, Luiza has one of the larger audiences out there for a female angler in Florida.
And this gal can catch some fish as well!
Keep up the great work Luiza!
Make sure to follow Fishing with Luiza on Instagram here.
Next up on this Mus Know female angler list is Nicole Spenc.
Nicole is over on the east coast of Florida, and she gets outside fishing whenever she can.
She has a very large Instagram following (over 17,000 strong), and you can see her catching everything from cobia to bass.
Make sure to give her a follow on Instagram here.
Female angler Lauren Cheshier is an avid angler out of the South Florida area.
Lauren is out on the water whenever she can, and has placed in numerous pelagic fishing tournaments over the past couple of years.
Her husband is a commercial swordfish fisherman, so the two of them are out on the water pretty much every week.
Lauren also has a nice Instagram following, and you can follow her here.
Female angler Cheyenne Lee out of Stuart, Florida isn’t even 21 years old, yet she already a holder of multiple World records for women’s spearfishing.
Cheyenne can often be found in the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, or spearfishing tournaments, and she is certainly one to keep your eye on into the future.
Her Instagram followers know her as “Spear_Life” and you can follow her here.
What a list of amazing female anglers, huh!
Did we forget any female anglers that live in Florida that should have made the list?
Which female angler is your favorite?
Let us know in the comments.
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