Updated February 21, 2017 | Factmonster Staff
- The first known essay on sports fishing was written by Dame Juliana Berners of Great Britain in 1406. She described how to make a rod and flies, when to fish, and the many kinds of fishing in her essay, “Treatise of Fishing with an Angle.”
- B. Byer of Cape Moreton, Australia, caught a 1,052-pound white shark in 1954. It is the largest white shark ever caught by a woman to date.
- Dianne North caught a world record 802-pound bigeye thresher shark in 1981 in New Zealand.
- The International Women's Fishing Association of Palm Beach, Florida, was founded in 1955 to promote angling competitions for girls and women.
- The International Women's Fishing Association of Palm Beach, Florida, established a scholarship trust in 1965 to further the field of conservation, and help deserving students attain graduate degrees in marine science at institutions offering such advanced courses.
- The International Women's Fishing Association established a Hall of Fame in 1978 to recognize outstanding women for their individual contributions to conservation and sportfishing.
- In 2012, a girl, Bryaunna Murphy from Massena, New York, won the International Junior Carp Fishing Tournament.