Top Seven Professional Female Anglers in the United States

Meet Our List of the Top 7 Female
Pro-Anglers in the U.S.A.

There are some really awesome, badass women who fish, and we've taken our time to really find the anglers who represent everything the REEL Lifestyle was founded upon. Fishing and living that life that exudes the love of fishing and the love of water and the outdoors! Here they are below and we've included ways you can follow them!



Amanda Godfrey

23-year old Amanda Godfrey started fishing when she was just a toddler with a Snoopy fishing pole.  She fished her first tournament when she was just 7 years old and has been hooked ever since.  She has been competing ever since and now has several sponsors.  In addition to fishing herself she is also passionate about getting younger generations interested in fishing.  Currently she competes in a number of different local tournaments and charity tournaments throughout North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee. Read more about Amanda here.



Pam Ridgle

Fishing has always been part of Pam’s life and she credits her mom and dad as being the first to influence her in fishing.  She enjoys fishing with kids and taking people fishing.  She participates in her local high school, serving as an advisor and boat captain.

Pam started fishing the LBAA when it launched and she was searching for a women’s bass club.  She encourages all women to join the competition. Her next fishing goal is to catch a 13 lb bass which would be released to Texas Parks and Wildlife as part of the ShareLunker Program.  Their mission is “To involve the public in the conservation and enhancement of trophy bass fishing in Texas.”

Pam’s advice about tournament fishing is that “you cannot control fishing conditions or having the boat breakdown. You must always stay focused. If these problems arise, keep fishing and never give up. The next cast could be the winning fish.”

Read more about Pam here.



Secret York

Secret has been fishing all her life but in 1994 a friend introduced her to tournament angling with the National Bass N gals. Since that time, she has competed with the Women’s Bass Fishing Association, Women’s Bassmaster Tour, Bassin Her Style and now the Lady Bass Anglers Association.

Secret says that fishing and being on the water is her “sanity pill” and what means the most to her is the people she has met and the friendships that she has shared.  One of the highlights of her career was on Neely-Henry lake in Gadsden, AL. when she finally beat Pam Martin-Wells by two hundredths of a pound. Secret has been trying to beat Pam for 12 years!

When it comes to fishing, Secret has a saying and that is "You Gotta Believe.”

Read more about Secret here.



Brandi Vanover

Brandi got an early start to fishing after she went with her father at just age 2.  After that, growing up in a neighborhood full of boys her age, she started fishing more and more as she got older.

Brandi started fishing in women’s tournaments at 18 after meeting Secret York at a school Banquet.  Secret told her all about women’s competitions and suggested she give it a shot.  She came in 9th in her first tournament after three days and has been hooked ever since.

Brandi loves getting to fish with and meet all the wonderful ladies from around the world who also love to fish and she wants to be part of professional angling for the rest of her life.  Her sponsors are: River Runner Baits and Slongs Fishing Lures.

Those wishing to contact Brandi may do so at or Brandi Vanover on Facebook.

Read more about Brandi here.



Penny McCurdy

Penny grew up fishing with her dad and grandparents on Caddo Lake in Louisianna.  When she was a teenager her parents would let her take out the family boat and fish until her dad used the family signal to call her in - honking the truck horn 5 times.

Penny has fished in many tournaments including Oilmen's on Toledo Bend and Red River, Skeeter Owner's and McDonald's on Lake Fork, H&W Team Trail with Noella McLaurin since 2012, where she advanced to the Classic each year, Bayou Outdoors Team Trail and the last two years, the Lady Bass Anglers Association Pro circuit where she has made the championship both years.

Penny has several sponsors including Christi Nutt with Quality Building in Queen City, Texas, Stanley Lures, Hale Lures and Elite Tungsten.

Read more about Penny here.



Teri Cindric

Teri began her professional bass fishing with the Lady Bass Anglers Association for its first full tournament season in 2011. Even now as a pro she says she learns something new each time she hits the water. According to Teri, the secret to success in fishing is simply time on the water and she wishes she had even more time to fish.  But she has to spend some time with her family, friends and three adorable dogs.

Her biggest catch in a tournament so far was a 6 lb largemouth caught on Patoka Lake in Indiana fishing a blue and chrome Rat-L-Trap.  She won the tournament and took home the big bass for the day.  Teri is thankful to the LBAA for giving her a place to start her professional fishing career and hopes that more sponsors come along and realize how great all of the ladies are who make the organization so successful.

Her sponsors include Kentucky Fried Chicken, Red Dirt Bait Company, Nemesis Baits, Denali Rods, Nightrain clothing, Scales & Tales,  Pure Fishing, Southern Sports Group, Mercury, and Nashville Marine.

Read more about Teri here.



Monica Altman

Monica’s fishing journey started back as a young girl at the age of eight or nine when she fished the river banks and local ponds with her father catching many bass and catfish.

Later in life, after marrying her husband Max, fishing came back into her life and while competing was not on her radar, her husband pointed out a Women’s Bassmaster tournament to her and encouraged her to get involved.  She has been fishing nationally since 2006 with B.A.S.S., FLW or Lady Bass Anglers Association from the back of the boat and the front.

Her accomplishments include ten first place finishes, thirty top 10 finishes, forty three top 50 finishes. Women’s Bassmaster finishes: Three 1st place finishes, one 2nd place finish, and six top 10’s, Co-Angler Runner Up in 2008 and Co-Angler Champion in 2009. Along the way, she’s won four boats, cash and prizes with career earnings of $142,000.00.  But, says Monica, it’s all about making memories and making friends.

Read more about Monica here.




  • What about co anglers?

  • Why are all of these “top” anglers… Bass anglers!?
    What about us catfish anglers?

    JIll AShlock

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