BD would like to introduce you to Abbey Wagley, our latest Fishin’ Chick.
BD: Where do you live?
Abbey Wagley: Always Sunny San Diego, California!
BD: What is you occupation?
Abbey Wagley: I am a Sales Executive/Designer for ECOR Global, a sustainable building materials company based in San Diego.
BD: What are your other hobbies?
Abbey Wagley: Traveling is in my blood. I’ve been all over Europe: Germany, Italy, France and Spain. I backpacked in Italy for a month with one of my best girlfriends, Nicole. Staying in hostels, seeing art and architecture, cooking, eating wonderful food, and experiencing another culture was life altering.
BD: Who or what got you into fishing?
Abbey Wagley: I started out small, catching browns, brookies and rainbows with my brothers, father, and Grandpa Bob in the Stanislaus River in Northern California, near where I grew up. My passion for the sport however did not truly develop until I met my husband. I had always enjoyed it, but did not get serious about both fishing and spearfishing until I met the “man of my dreams” (he told me to add that).
BD: How long have you been fishing?
Abbey Wagley: I’ve been fishing ever since I was a kid. But did not get serious about the sport until about 10 years ago when I met my husband.
BD: What types of fishing have you done and where?
Abbey Wagley: I can’t tell you my spots! Just kidding…since traveling is one of my ultimate passions in life, I have made it a goal to fish just about everywhere we go. I’ve been fortunate enough to both fish and freedive all over Southern California, up and down Baja, including my favorite being Los Barrilles in the East Cape, and the Yucatan! Can’t forget winter-time night dives for bugs in San Diego. But…”stay of my spotz kook”!
BD: What is your favorite kind of fishing so far?
Abbey Wagley: Since we have the Coronado Islands so readily available from San Diego, spearfishing for yellows during the spring and early summer has become my “go to”. But running and gunning on paddies and shooting dorado is a close second.
BD: What are some future goals or plans pertaining to fishing?
Abbey Wagley: My dream is to host a travel show where I get to both fish and dive far off countries like Greece, Australia and Mozambique while experiencing the people, cultures, and food of those places. Most of the fishing shows today are geared primarily toward the male audience, so being able to expand the sport so that woman can understand the joy that comes from pulling on fish would be incredible!
BD: What aspect of fishing do you like the most?
Abbey Wagley: Fishing isn’t just about catching fish…there is a connection you make with nature that you cannot get in many other ways. Being outside, with those that you care about, while providing food for your family, is an almost religious experience.
BD: List some of your proudest moments in fishing, i.e.…catch highlights, tournaments etc.…
Abbey Wagley: One of my proudest moments fishing wasn’t catching sailfish in the East Cape, or dorado in Cancun. It was when I was 10 years old and it was the first time I went fishing on my own. My dad took us to Strawberry on the Stanislaus River and I went off and was determined to bait, hook, and land my own trout without any help from the “boys”. I ended up catching one small rainbow, and I can still remember feeling so proud of myself for doing it all on my own. I out fished my brothers that day.
BD: What other “aspects of you” would you like to portray if any?
Abbey Wagley: Ever since I was a kid, I have always had a tomboy side.
I still enjoy dressing up and going to Vegas with my girlfriends, but I feel most at home in a wetsuit, underwater, chasing pelagics under paddies.