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Lady Angling on the Rise Thanks to Delayne Collins

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Last week, a photogenic Belgian fan lost her endorsement deal because her Facebook page was mined for a pic of her posing next to a gazelle she had killed. Meanwhile, the Interwebs is littered with all sorts lady anglers hoisting their hard-earned prizes and no one says peep. Is it because all fish look the same?

Delayne Collins Twitter

Delayne Collins Twitter

It must be, because there're a million lady fishers in/on the sea. Lady anglers just like Delayne Collins.

Delayne Collins Twitter

Delayne Collins Twitter

According to a study by the Outdoor Foundation, about 47 million people fished in 2012; 4.5 million of those were trying fishing for the first time. 41 percent of virgin anglers were female, which is a record. However, Delayne is no rookie. She's been flipping fishscales since she was three.

Delayne Collins Twitter

Delayne Collins Twitter

After all, fishing is as American as patriotic bikinis.

Delayne Collins Twitter

Delayne Collins Twitter

Also American: firearms. Although, it remains to be seen if Delayne is as sure a shot on land as she is in water.

Delayne Collins Twitter

Delayne Collins Twitter

Delayne isn't always grinding out hours out on a shanty boat. As a native Floridian and proud Seminole fan, she must have felt a little out of place among mint juleps, Wildcats, and Cardinals.

Delayne Collins Twitter

Delayne Collins Twitter

She says her biggest catch weighed in at about 9 and half pounds. Billy the Martin looks considerably heavier than that.

Delayne Collins Instagram

Delayne Collins Instagram

Delayne's dream is to be sponsored by a fishing company because, hey, don't we all want to be paid for doing something we love? Heck, I'd buy a lure if I saw Delayne rocking a Bass Pro Shop two-piece way before seeing some dude drive his car in a circle for three hours.

Delayne Collins Twitter

Delayne Collins Twitter

Like any red-blooded American, Delayne would obviously like to leverage her fishing talents into more lucrative opportunities.

Delayne Collins Instagram

Delayne Collins Instagram

Hey, Powell rods, give Delayne a chance. She's bringing more visibility to fishing than that dude you're paying to be on your home page right now.