“I came to fishing late in life, having been raised to believe that ‘girls don’t fish’. As a young adult in the Northern Territory, it was inevitable that boyfriends would want me to give it a go — sadly, that dynamic never worked for me. Luckily, I have two sister-in-laws who decided to teach me. The different approach to passing on knowledge that the girls had made all the difference… and the rest is history! On the basis of that experience, I’ve dedicated my years since 2010 to finding innovative ways to teach recreational fishing to people from all walks of life, with a particular focus on women.”
Karen Van Bael
Our VEEP is blessed to call Maclean in northern NSW “home”. Karen is the daughter of an Australian Army veteran and has benefited from the broad experiences that come with growing up in various states as the Defence Force moves you around.
Today, Karen is a Licensed Conveyancer and has her own business in Maclean handling conveyancing matters throughout New South Wales.
Although fishing has always been in Karen’s life, her love and fascination of the sport was recently amped through meeting her (now) husband, Kev — a keen Murray cod fisherman.
In Karen’s words, “I have so much to learn and it was through my hunger for better skills and more information about fishing that I found the WRFL. Women teaching women to be confident and self sufficient anglers — I’ve found my tribe!!”
Your State Leading Ladies
PO Box 3042
TUROSS HEAD NSW 2537