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The 34 best fishing rods and poles for summer trips, according to experts

By Lesley Kennedy and Erica Zazo, CNN Underscored

11:13 AM EDT, Tue July 18, 2023


Published Sat, Mar 19 202211:30 AM EDT

Updated Mon, Mar 21 20228:47 AM EDT



We never had a boat growing up, but parents still did their best to get me out on the water. Banks, beaches, creeks… I learned to find fish in any little puddle. The nostalgia of those warm summer nights camping, crabbing and fishing San Luis Pass bridges and Texas City Dike is a what I find myself chasing and passing down to the next generation. Being apart of a movement to get more folks outdoors and on the water is imperative to our future and I am so honored to recognized as a partner in this space to get more women on the water. - Cindy 


From the classic neck wrap to the creative “wanna-beanie,” here are all of the best ways to wear a neck gaiter.

If you love playing outside in the hot weather, neck gaiters are an essential part of your summer wardrobe. Whether it’s fishing, hiking, biking, or kayaking, they keep you cool during outdoor activities while also protecting your skin from the sun. That said, how to wear them isn’t always straightforward. To help you figure out the right look for your sport and lifestyle, check out our photo gallery of the best ways to wear a neck gaiter.

Publications and Appearances

APR 22, 2021




Connecting with others of like minded interests and initiatives is vital to me. I have been blessed over the years in the fishing and outdoors with a network of friends and inspiring anglers, content creators and stewards of our environment. I met Ashley Nicole Lewis and this group of incredible women through collaborations with The Recreational Fishing and Boating Foundation/ and Yamaha Outboards. Recently, Ash reached out to us for an impromptu Q&A and catch up via Zoom as the recent times have somewhat hindered our travels and activities as a group. 

Check out this highlight and look for the full length video this Spring with Break Out with Bad Ash!



Want to stay in touch with these amazing women? Here's how...

Debbie Hanson

Cindy Nguyen


Nicole Jacobs

Ashley Nichole Lewis

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100 Women of Color Remember Their First Encounter With Racism—And How They Overcame It


Tiffany Haddish, Patti LaBelle, Secretary Deb Haaland, Misty Copeland, Gayle King, and dozens more remind us that words matter.

By Monica Chon
Mar 25, 2021

Growing up, we lived near Houston, and I remember being in the car with my parents on the way to Pasadena when another vehicle tried to pull us over. This was when I was really young. And you know, there's the KKK out here, so I remember my dad was like, ‘Don't stop, don't stop.’ Every time I go to Pasadena, that's the first thing I think about.

Then when I was in high school, one of my friends got a rebel flag tattoo. Even now, I'll still see a rebel flag being flown in my neighborhood. I don't know how some people feel about it but to me, it's definitely a sign of racism. It doesn't belong here.” — Cindy Nguyen, Fishing athlete

Red on red on bullreds 💋

March 2020

You can find a sweet write up on my last project for 2019 with Columbia Sportswear in the March/April issue of Florida Sport Fishing Magazine thanks to Micah Simoneaux, Kelly Groce, Johnny Lu and Ryan Lambert!

We were warned of tough conditions, but forged on and Capt. Todd Seither made it happen for another solid trip for this crew in the memory bank!!

Cajun Fishing Adventures | Hardy Fly Fishing

Texas Snook with Capt. Brian Barrera

March 01, 2019

Nothing makes me more excited than seeing my friends and family catch a new species and this time, I got to get in on my first Texas Snook as well! My friend Kelly Groce and I headed down to South Padre Island to check off our first TEXAS SNOOK with Capt. Brian Barrera last month with success! 


Check out Kelly's write up in the Gulf Coast Mariner Magazine for March 2019.

July 19, 2018

Wildlife Enthusiast Magazine - These are our picks for the “30 Most Influential Female Anglers in North America,” as of July 2018. Although it’s organized alphabetically by last name, additions and other changes to this list are determined by a proprietary algorithm developed by Wildlife Enthusiast Magazine. That algorithm measures not just the number of followers, friends, and fans on social media, but—more importantly—activity levels, engagement, and influence. Congratulations to each of these impressive women!


The top female anglers in the fishing community are women who inspire and empower other women to get out on the water by setting a strong example. Let's tip our lucky fishing hats to a group of women aren't as much about being famous female anglers, as they are about consistently demonstrating that they don’t wait for respect, they simply reel it in. These seven top female anglers have been making waves in the fishing community and across social media with darn good reason. 

Sport Fishing Magazine | Women Who Love Fishing and Have Beaten Its Barriers Three generations talk about the evolution of women in fishing by Chris Woodard

June 01, 2018

While much has bWhile much has been written over the past 65 years about men and fishing, and most articles focus on men and techniques and tackle designed by men, a good number of women have fished in the background — and yes, often as girlfriends or spouses. However, a hardcore minority comprising at least three generations of women since the mid-1950s have wanted more: They’ve learned their knots, paid their dues, and if they were lucky enough, traveled and fished worldwide.een written over the past 65 years about s, and if they were lucky enough, traveled and fished worldwide.

Columbia PFG | Sun & Ski Crawfish Boil

May 19, 2018

Love PFG? We're celebrating Columbia Sportswear's new PFG footwear with a free crawfish boil (while supplies last)! 

Come try on Columbia PFG shoes 5/19 from 12 PM - 2 PM at Sun & Ski - Katy and Columbia Sportswear will donate $5 to Boys and Girls Country of Houston for every pair tired on at the event. Also enjoy lawn games, live DJ, giveaways, meet n' great with Columbia Sport Fishing Ambassador Cindy Nguyen Fishing and more. Find a pair of PFG shoes you love, make a purchase and receive a FREE Columbia PFG dry bag gift! 

Relax for some lunch thanks to Crawdad's!: crawfish, sausage, potatoes, corn, sweet tea, lemonade and cobbler dessert.

RSVP to catch all the fun and bring a friend or two! Click here to get your official RSVP ticket: URL:

January 09, 2018

Texas boasts a rich history of successful female anglers.  Here are profiles of some of today’s best.

EP. 19 | ‘Sportswomen You Ought To Know’ — Cindy Nguyen Of Columbia PFG by Gabriella Hoffman

November 01, 2017

Interview with Gabriella Hoffman

Cindy discussed the following with me:

  • How she developed her love of fishing and Texas

  • Her role with Columbia Sportswear

  • How to involve more women in fishing / Hurricane Harvey aftermath

  • Her dream / memorable fishing trip

Ryan Palmer Charity Golf Tournament with Columbia Sportswear - May 22, 2017

May 22, 2017

Battle at the Byron | Casting Event with PGA Pros 

Cabela's Ladies Day Out | Gonzalez, Louisiana - May 3, 2017

May 13, 2017

Come talk performance fishing gear with me!

Join us for a variety of seminars and demos around your love of the great outdoors:


  • Hunting & Shooting


  • Outdoor Cooking


  • Camping Ideas


  • & Much More

A Fishing Story TV | WFN - World Fishing Network

January 09, 2017

Cindy Nguyen is a Columbia Sportswear sponsored Athlete on the PFG team and passionate fisherwoman.

We hope you're enjoying season 3 as we gear up to take you for a Texas topwater bite!

Join us this weekend as she walks us through her family’s journey to America and how it has shaped her life. @sidtx

Saturday January 14th at 11 a.m. ET
WFN - World Fishing Network

Saltwater Sportsman National Seminar Series | This show has been running since I was running on the beach in my pampers..

January 21, 2017

I had the honor to join NBC Sports George Poveromo's World of Saltwater Fishing and his all-star faculty again as he embarked on his 30th year tour of the Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series with Bass Pro Shops, Mako Boats & Columbia Sportswear! This one was special to me as it was in Pasadena, TX right down the street from home.

It was an awesome day to share with anglers in the area. Looking forward to next year.

💁 🎣 🐟

2017 Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series - Jan. 15, 2017

January 15, 2017

Who's going to join us in PASADENA, TEXAS next month? I may just pull your name for some serious fishing gear!

Honored to join NBC Sports George Poveromo's World of Saltwater Fishing and his allstar faculty again as he embarks on his 30th year tour of the Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series with Bass Pro ShopsMako Boats & Columbia Sportswear!

Come talk redfishy with me! 💁 🎣 🐟 

Register here ➡

Cabela's Ladies Day Out | Greenville, South Carolina - Sept. 24-25, 2016

September 24, 2016

September 24-25, 2016


Join us for a variety of seminars and demos around your love of the great outdoors:


  • Hunting & Shooting


  • Outdoor Cooking


  • Camping Ideas


  • & Much More | List Of Most Famous Female Anglers

The Domination of Fisher women!

These women are sending a solid message that angling isn’t only for the men. Rather, women can actually excel in this type of activity as well. | FISH LIKE A GIRL: 6 WOMEN INSPIRING OTHERS TO FISH

Posted by Fin and Field

August 21, 2016


Each of these anglers is an example of how to follow your passion, excel at what you do, and leave the sport better for the next generation.

August 15, 2016 

by Daniel Cohen

Last week we highlighted 6 female hunters that are role models for anyone in the sport, or anyone thinking about taking up hunting. This week we will feature 6 women who have built their lives and careers around sport fishing. Each of these anglers is an examples of how to follow your passion, excel at what you do, and leave the sport better for the next generation. Here is to finding your next adventure and taking back the phrase “like a girl”!

Who's going to join us in Savanah, GA?

November 01, 2015

Stoked to join NBC Sports George Poveromo's World of Saltwater Fishing on his 29th tour of Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series with Bass Pro ShopsMako Boats & Columbia Sportswear!

Come talk redfishy with me! 💁 🎣 🐟 
Savanah, GA - Feb. 6th
Biloxi, MS - March 5th 

Cabela's Ladies Day Out | Gonzalez, Louisiana - May 14, 2016

May 14th, 2016


Join us for a variety of seminars and demos around your love of the great outdoors:


  • Hunting & Shooting


  • Outdoor Cooking


  • Camping Ideas


  • & Much More

BD would like to introduce you to Cindy Nguyen and invite you to hear her story and share her passion for fishing.

By BD Staff -  Feb 1, 2016



Professional Angler

Sponsored by Columbia®


Saturday, March 19
11 A.M. - 5 P.M.

Viking Kayaks USA is happy to announce Cindy Nguyen as a new member of the Viking Pro Team for 2016.

Sportfishing Magazine | Hot Summer Action: Costa Rica by Chris Woodward

July 2, 2015 

by Chris Woodward

Sail On!

Columbia pro staffer Cindy Nguyen dances with a tail-walking sailfish. An accomplished inshore and fly fisherman, Nguyen had never caught a billfish. Her enthusiasm for the fight was infectious to the rest of us. One truth I documented with our all-women team: This trip was all about fun and encouragement.

We love fish. Sure, catch and release is our norm as it’s the only way to protect game fish-from Native Trout to Sailfish and Marlin. But sometimes, in areas where the fish population isn’t endangered and regulations allow, we have the honor of taking a few of nature’s bounty home for dinner. We spoke with Columbia athlete and ace angler, Cindy Nguyen, about how she became involved in this sport of sports.

Meet Cindy Nguyen, Professional Angler, is the latest addition to the Columbia PFG Team and the first woman to join the group. We caught up with her in her home in Texas, where she was gearing up for another great redfish season.

Posted by Brad Smith

July 29, 2015


These women have been making a fast-paced rise in the fishing industry lately and it has been absolutely epic to watch. From big name sponsors, to television shows, to thousands upon thousands of followers on social media, these fishing female celebrities are helping to take fishing to a whole new level of inclusion.


The following list of fishing female celebrities has been compiled based on a number of criteria but most importantly, it is their reach in the fishing industry that has caught our, and the fishing public’s, attention.



Thank you Florida Sportsman magazine for sharing my Assisted DIY Bonefishing adventure in December's Tropical Sportsman Roundup.

December 31, 2013

A week of stalking the elusive gray ghost was a humbling and most thrilling experience as an angler. I am grateful for the memories and friends made at Longislandbonefishing Lodge. Till next time ..

Expert Tactics Catch Pompano on Both Florida Coasts

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