THE GROWING popularity of women’s angling in the UK was highlighted recently when renowned carp angler Bev Clifford made an appearance on the popular Channel 4 daytime TV programme, Steph’s Packed Lunch.
Bev, who is the Ladies Carp Team England Manager, was joined by presenter Vogue Williams at Mill Lodge Fishery in Essex, where she explained the boom in female fishing within her lifetime.
Fellow carpers Lauren Stanford and Amy Emery also made an appearance before the cameras, and despite the fishing not going to plan, the day was deemed an all-round success.
“To get women’s angling on mainstream TV is such a win, not just for women, but for angling in general and women in sport,” said Bev.
“The day was great from start to finish, even though the carp didn’t play ball. Vogue was a great laugh and really down to earth.”
Bev hopes that the coverage will encourage more women onto the bank: “It’s so important that we keep highlighting how accessible angling is and breaking down the old stereotype that fishing is an old man’s pastime. The world needs to know how wonderful it is as a hobby and the benefits it brings to your health and wellbeing.”