RICHLAND, Wash - In a sea of over 170 professional anglers Kim Bain kind of sticks out. That's because Kim is the sole female professional angler at this year's Wal-Mart F.L.W. Outdoor Small-mouth Bass Fishing tournament at Columbia Point Marina in Richland.
A native of Brisbane, Australia Bain co-angled for about 3-5 years before she turned pro. "Since I'm from Australia I had to learn a whole new way of fishing for new kinda of fish with new gear and tactics. But came over, co-angled for 3 years or so, bought my boat and made the jump. I don't ever regret it, I love it! It's a big challenge but that's what you do with a challenge, you sink your teeth into it and go."
Bain, now a resident of Alabaster, Alabama, was the first woman to qualify for the Open Championships back in 2003. A couple years later she found herself ranked 6th in the country! Kim chalks it up to beginner's luck but that hasn't stopped her from working her hardest or from encouraging other women to take the plunge. "There are plenty of women fisherman out there they just need the confidence to make the jump. They can do it, I can do it so come on!"