Annie Nagel

Annie Nagel

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Annie’s been fiercely proving she could do anything her older brother did since their youth in Sonoma, California. From racing to see who could touch the family car first or dominating a game of kickball, Annie’s competitive edge grew from her sibling rivalry. However, it wasn’t until she had a severe car crash that she applied that same focus to fishing.

Annie in fishing kayak holding rock fish


Falling into the world of water post-recovery, she discovered a sense of belonging. And, a place where she could still be tenacious and successful...once again, beating the boys. Fishing gives Annie freedom and inner peace, whether she is being pulled around by a 60 lb sturgeon in her 13 foot kayak, or just soaking up her surroundings. In her eyes, it’s all an active meditation.

annie nagel with a recently caught fish


Her independent and determined character drives her. Her inclusive and innovative nature is a warm welcome to everyone she meets. A top competitor in her field, Annie’s also passionate about giving back; founding the Fish Like A Girl Competition as one of those outlets.

Annie preparing crab
Fast Facts:
  • Fought and landed over 100 species of fish
  • Crowned champion of the 2017 Crabfest kayak fishing tournament with the largest dungeness crab
  • Featured on Angler West TV fishing for smallmouth bass
  • Hosts the Scales in my Nails fishing challenge aimed at getting more women on the water 
  • Dove down 68 feet in 56 degree water on one breath
  • Didn't start fishing until college and truly believes it's never too late to get out there
  • Made unfathomable memories with the raddest friends I gained through the sport
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