Chat with Kim Bain-Moore
An Australian native, Bain-Moore caught her first fish at the age of four and has kept casting her reel. At age 19, she left her local fishing waters and flew to Los Angeles to pursue a career in professional bass fishing. Her first largemouth bass was an 8-pounder that she caught in the California delta. That same year, she traveled to Lake Michigan for the 2000 Bassmaster Classic and was wowed by the energy and excitement of the men?s event.
As a 28-year-old, Bain-Moore realized her dream and became the first woman in the event?s 39-year history to qualify for the previously all-male Bassmaster Classic. She finished 47th at the Shreveport, La. event and is now competing on the 2009 WBT.
After building a successful career, Bain-Moore now works with Evinrude, which is also making history by celebrating 100 years since founder Ole Evinrude invented the first outboard engine in 1909. Check out the story at Evinrude100Years.com
Send in your questions now, then join Bain-Moore on Tuesday at 1 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (12:56 PM)
Kim Bain-Moore will stop by at 1 p.m. ET to take your questions!
Buzzmaster (1:07 PM)
We've got Kim!
Amanda (New York)
What is the longest you have ever waited to catch a fish?
Kim Bain-Moore (1:08 PM)
That's a good question! I have gone a day without catching a fish. When I'm socially fishing, I've gone a full day. But I've still gone out the next day with the same passion as the first day. You've got to convince yourself that the big bite is around the corner.
Nathan (GR Michigan)
Is their an intimidation factor when the other contestants go up against Van Damm?
Kim Bain-Moore (1:09 PM)
It was certainly a tremendous honor to fish along side the big names in bass fishing like KVD. I wouldn't say I was intimidated. Fishing is fishing. You just have to have confidence in your ability and hope that your strategey comes together.
Jed Wilkinson (West Lafayette, IN)
Where do you consider the most under-rated state to fish is in America?
Kim Bain-Moore (1:11 PM)
That's an excellent question. I haven't had a chance to fish everywhere around the US. I wouldn't say that any are underrated. My favorite would be California, Washington state, Maryland is great. Up in the Northeast is fabulous. New York. Florida. I can't pick one. If you have any suggestions of where I should go on my next holiday, let me know.
How hard is it to stay focused during a fishing tournament?
Kim Bain-Moore (1:12 PM)
I don't find it particularly difficult. Usually I'm so focused on my fishing and what I'm doing, I usually don't do much else. I don't eat, drink, go to the bathroom. As long as you have that desire and that competitive streak, you'll be all right. You're always looking for that next big bite to move you up the tournament rankings.
What is it like being the first woman to compete in the 39-year history of the Bassmaster Classic?
Kim Bain-Moore (1:13 PM)
It was fantastic. It was the culmination of a lot of hard work from a very dedicated team, which includes my family and my sponsors like Evinrude. They're celebrating their 100 year anniversary. So it was a big year for them and for me. To be on the platform to hear everyone cheering made me work harder this year to try and get there again.
Christian (New York)
Kim, I love the Bassmaster Classic. But as a casual fisherman, can you describe for me the difference in skills it takes to compete at such a high level?
Kim Bain-Moore (1:15 PM)
There probably isn't a lot of difference between going out and casually fishing and fishing a tournament. In a tournament, you're fishing on a clock, so that can add some pressure in the sense that you have some thigns you want to achieve and a limited time to achieve them. You're thrown into the challenge of you never know what Mother Nature is going to throw at you and you have to go in different seasons and different baits. That always keeps you learning. It keeps you on your toes.
Ryan (England, UK)
What don't you like about fishing?
Kim Bain-Moore (1:16 PM)
That's a funny question. I love everything about fishing. I love it. If I'm not freshwater fishing, I'm salt water fishing. I love it. If it's not bass, it could be walleye, carp. Trout on the fly. I've caught salmon. If it's fun to catch, I will travel anywhere around the world to catch it.
What is the most fish that you caught in one tournament?
Kim Bain-Moore (1:17 PM)
I think the most number of fish I've caught, was out in a tournament in California. I caught fish from start to finish. Well over 100 fish throughout the fish. For the tournament, it must have been 200-300. Now, there wasn't any size to them, but you could catch one on any cast.
What is the biggest fish that you have ever caught?
Kim Bain-Moore (1:18 PM)
The biggest fish is a 600 pound blue marlin in Bermuda.
Kim Bain-Moore (1:18 PM)
It took me 45 minutes. It was one of the most physically challenging fish fights I've ever had.
Brett J. (Whiting, IN)
What's it like to be compared to the likes of Annika Sorenstam and Michelle Wie in competing head-to-head against men?
Kim Bain-Moore (1:20 PM)
It makes me blush. That's pretty special. They are very strong powerful sportswomen. To be compared to them is an honor. I'm Kim Bain-Moore from Australia and I love what I do. To be considered a pioneer like those ladies will take some getting used to. I'm proud of my achievement. I'm going to keep working hard and hopefully I can have as much an impact on women getting out there as Evinrude has had on the marine industry.
Evinrude, how did you get hooked up?
Kim Bain-Moore (1:21 PM)
That's a great question, Anthony. when I was fishing as a co-angler, I would be at the tournaments and I would go into the shows afterward and talk to the spectators about getting involved in the sport. When it came time for me to step up and be a professional, it was Evinrude all the way. My husband was sponsored by them. I wanted to be a part of that family, so I submitted a proposal and I've been with them ever since. WE make a good team.
As a casual fisher i am so jealous that u make a living at this. But on another note do u hope to maybe help make this sport more open to women? like professionally or is there alot of women who fish professionally and i dont get to see them
Kim Bain-Moore (1:23 PM)
Absolutely. for me, the most important thing is to encourage other people out there to enjoy the outdoors and fishing. Whether it's competitive fishing or recreational fishing, I'm very inspired to get people out there. At the Bassmaster Classic, the biggest part for me was to stand up on stage and if I could inspire just a handful of women in the audience and have them go out with friends or their husbands and give it a go, that would be a good job by me.
Kim Bain-Moore (1:25 PM)
Thanks very much for your support. Stay tuned, I've got a lot to do in 2009. Come along for the ride! Get into a ride and get Evinrude on the back, it will get you there and back faster and safer.