BD’s Fishin’ Chick Cindy Nguyen
BD would like to introduce you to Cindy Nguyen and invite you to hear her story and share her passion for fishing.
BD: Where do you live?
Cindy Nguyen: Houston, TX – born and raised
BD: What do you do for a living?
Cindy Nguyen: I have been and Account Manager in the flexible packaging business since 2008.
I am also a sponsored fishing athlete for Columbia Sportswear at this time.
BD: What are your other hobbies?
Cindy Nguyen: Oh man, this is big one for me. I am a foodie, I love trying new cuisines and eateries when I travel and when I am home I love to cook.
Nothing makes me happier than a delicious spread. Lots of seafood and of course Texas BBQ.
I have some favorite ways to prepare my catch.
Flounder are another fave. I like to dust a little flour and fry whole or stuff with boudin and bake.
Trout- Great in a hot and sour soup. A family fave. Quick and refreshing.
Last is just a nice fresh loin of sashimi – (trigger fish is one of my absolute faves).
BD: Who or what got you into fishing?
Cindy Nguyen: My parents got me started for sure. My parents are both immigrants that fled from the Vietnam war in the 1970s.
My mom’s side: (Da Nang VN) Before the war broke, my grandfather worked for the government and grandmother had an herbal remedy store. From one day to the next they had to go hiding while she and 7 of her siblings fled to the US leaving behind her parents and 2 siblings. My grandfather hid in the jungles of Vietnam where he eventually built a farm to survive. I have had one chance to visit my heritage and his fish farm with ponds he made from B-52 bomb craters)
My Dad’s side: He also fled in the 70s (Phan Thiet) Dad comes from a coastal fishing town where much of the world’s fish sauce come from. They catch and sell to the local markets, mainly dried seafood such as shrimp, fish and cuttle fish.
BD: How long have you been fishing?
Cindy Nguyen: I’ve fished since I was a tot. Mostly off the beaches, piers and jetties in Galveston, TX with my dad and siblings. In the summer I’ll travel to Seadrift, TX or Louisiana to fish off the rigs with our family and friends.
BD: What types of fishing have you done and where?
Cindy Nguyen: I am a saltwater angler. I have fished from Mexico to the Bahamas and all along the Gulf Coast. I spend most of my time fishing home in Texas, but I have a network of friends that fish and I frequent Florida about every month. The Everglades is one of my favorite places in the world to fish. You can target fresh and saltwater species all in one place.
I once took a day trip with Sam Root and we caught snook, Spanish mackerel, mangrove snappers, tarpon, sharks and my beloved redfish all in the same day! When I am home in Texas, I target inshore species like redfish, speckled trout and flounder. The fastest way to see if I hit a species is to hashtag #sid_____. ie: #sidredfish #sidpermit #sidshark #sidtarpon
BD: What is your favorite kind of fishing so far?
Cindy Nguyen: Sight fishing for redfish. They have to be the most versatile inshore species. You can fish them in inches of water or deep in the bay. I find it challenging and gratifying to hunt them down and feed them plastics. My favorite is a tailing or pushing red.
BD: What are your future goals pertaining to fishing?
Cindy Nguyen: My goal for fishing is to take my passion for the sport and promote the lifestyle the best I can. Should I ever have the opportunity to be employed in the fishing industry, it would be hard to turn it down.
The best thing about being a sponsored fishing athlete with Columbia Sportswear is they show a great interest in utilizing my input to improve their women’s PFG line. Fishing maybe a male dominated sport but it doesn’t mean we have to wear their pants. It is refreshing to see a company concentrating on female specific fishing apparel from innovative products, to just simply keeping the passion for this sport alive for the future.
I may not have children, but I know what it is like to be a child with a passion for the water. My best days in life have been on the water and every time I hear someone say, “I wish my kid liked to fish, but they get bored..” I tell them “because you need to take them catching!” – croakers and pinfish did it for me.
BD: Please tell us about some of your proudest moments in fishing.
Cindy Nguyen: I am not a tournament angler, but I can entertain the idea. My best moments have been those that require a little teamwork.
These are the first few that come to mind. The excitement and energy of hunting, rigging, chasing and fighting a fish becomes a cheering effort and an emotional victory.
- 200-pound lemon shark in the Everglades with Sam Root
- 130-pound Boca Grande tarpon Capt. Krista Redfish Tucker
- 120-pound Costa Rican sailfish with Columbia Sportswear
BD: What else can you tell us about yourself?
Cindy Nguyen: Many people wonder why the call me Sid; #whytheycallmesid. My mom always dressed me as a little boy, so my baby sister always called me Sid vs Cindy. My best memories as a kid were on the salt with my family.
Social media background: I allow my best moment to be displayed on social media, but like many I have had my own battles and weight was a struggle I have dealt with my whole life.
Like some, work, school, life had taken over and I found myself a few pounds shy of 200-pounds. I blogged a bit for my own personal records and then I went to Instagram. I have been on Instagram since 2012. I was using it at as a motivation outlet for fitness. #sidfit
Ironically, I met Sam Root through Instagram foodie and fitness posting and eventually learned we shared a passion for fishing. Fishing with him has definitely opened my eyes to the impact of social media in this sport.
All my kids have fur: Beggy – 10-pound chunkster Short Hair Chihuahua Blonde – my needy “pound cake” hence the name Benjamin – 4-pound Long Haired Chihuahua Chocolate – Pack leader alpha dog despite his size. Henry- 10-pound Lhasa Apso – this is my little human, you may see more of him on social media as I can travel with him and acts like a well behaved child.
Thanks to Cindy for sharing her time and talents with us.