To get prepared for one particular of her favorite pastimes, Jacqueline Molina dresses in a cute outfit, gets her make-up just appropriate, and fusses with her hair. Then she reaches for her fishing pole — it’s pearlized pink.

Molina, 33, of East Setauket, is president and a co-founder of Prolonged Island Babes and Bucks — an all-woman fishing and searching club of nearly 300 Fb customers — with about 50 actively concerned in the group’s Lengthy Island events held each and every few months, often to reward area charitable corporations.


Molina commenced the group along with Julia Romanchuk, 47, of Shelter Island and Marissa Estatio, 33, of Smithtown, following Molina fulfilled Romanchuk when they were being shooting bows at Smith Level Archery.

“We ended up both equally looking at each other simply because you typically really do not see other women of all ages there,” Molina claims. “We exchanged information and begun chatting.” The two then made a decision to form the team alongside with Estatio, who also hunts, and because they also delight in fishing, they included anglers into the membership.

The team is also about empowering girls, showing they can do anything at all they want and can nevertheless “be girlie” if they choose although doing matters like fishing and looking.

“Marissa and myself both equally embrace our girlie and female facet,” Molina claims. To go fishing, “We could be in whole makeup with our eyelashes and our nails finished. It shouldn’t make a difference if you are sporting a adorable tank top rated and blown-out hair and makeup, it doesn’t affect our qualities at all.”

Estatio, who is effective in actual estate and is a surgical coordinator at a plastic surgeon’s office, says she often strives to be authentically herself no make a difference what she’s doing. “I constantly do a entire confront of makeup (for fishing and hunting) — which is just who I am,” suggests Estatio.

“Learning something new can be overwhelming, primarily when much more men do it, but that does not mean you just cannot understand and try it by yourself.”

Kate Goulding, 24.

Yet another club member, Jenna Lombardo, 23, of Ridge, agrees. She is a deck hand on The Hampton Lady that operates out of Hampton Bays and she does YouTube videos on fishing.

“I have been fishing due to the fact I was in a automobile seat with my moms and dads and begun doing the job on partyboats at 17 — tying up rigs, serving to customers use the products, generating absolutely sure absolutely everyone has a fantastic time and then exhibiting them how to slice and fillet a fish,” Lombardo claims. “I grew up fishing in Extensive Island Seem and Hampton Bays and acquired it from my father then I began venturing out on my personal.”

Lombardo’s major catches so considerably have been a much more than 200-pound tuna and a 230-pound thresher shark.

“I like to get dirty and then dress up for margaritas,” she states.

Locating A Community

Like Lombardo, several of the customers have been associated in fishing and looking for years, even as small children, but when they’d search all over, they wouldn’t see other folks like them selves.

Member Kate Goulding, 24, of Shirley, who owns AJ Sunflower Boutique in Center Moriches, states her father and brother taught her each sports activities when she was increasing up and when there ended up no other women there, she came to like the athletics since of the wonderful sunsets she’d be see by getting up and out pretty early in the early morning, and later the sun going down when it was time to head dwelling.

“In the warmer weather, we used to go fishing and view the dawn and sunset and do fishing outings on my uncle’s 60-foot Viking,” Goulding remembers. “The spotlight of my life was reeling in a 50-pound bass at 4 a long time outdated. I have been hooked at any time given that.”

Goulding provides that undertaking a thing normally connected with males does not necessarily mean they’re the only ones that can do it.

“Finding out some thing new can be daunting, specially when extra adult men do it but that doesn’t suggest you can not study and check out it oneself,” Goulding states.

Molina claims she was uncovered to fishing about 8 yrs ago when she went fishing with an ex-boyfriend but she didn’t really take part.

“I would type of just sit there, then immediately after ending the relationship I made a decision to pursue it on my very own — that’s just something I do following a breakup — I’ll find out some thing new to choose my intellect off of it,” Molina clarifies.

To start off educating herself about fishing Molina states she questioned queries on Facebook and then about 4 yrs ago a male most effective mate who’s been fishing and hunting because he was a teen taught her how to do both.

“I love remaining in the woods and on the drinking water, staying at one with character,” Molina states. With equally sports activities she says, “You are continually finding out and escalating.”

Molina suggests she does a lot of her fishing in Seaford, in the vicinity of Jones Beach front, usually 20 to 80 miles off shore and goes for tuna, shark and black sea bass. Among her biggest catches was a 183-pound thresher shark.

SUPPORTING Other folks

Now that she’s started off Very long Island Babes and Bucks, Molina says she’s uncovered there are heaps of women who’d really like to fish but they really don’t know how to get commenced.

“We get so lots of women messaging who never know anybody who fishes but we’re demonstrating that you really do not will need a boyfriend. Occur fish with us,” Molina claims.

Extensive Island Babes and Bucks averages about two occasions a thirty day period and the charitable part is crucial, Molina claims.

“It’s great to give back again due to the fact so several people have supported us because Working day A single,” Molina suggests.

On April 20, the group gave a style and dwelling décor searching celebration at the AJ Sunflower Boutique, owned by Goulding, to profit the New York Maritime Rescue in Riverhead. Other gatherings have provided wine and paint evenings, partyboat fishing excursions, an all-women’s archery shoot at Smith Position Archery Lanes Inc. in Patchogue, a make-your-personal deal with box course at Smith Point Bait Beach & Deal with in Shirley and a July 17 five-hour fishing excursion on The James Joseph out of Huntington. A “The Gentlemen In opposition to the Females” fishing tournament for grown ups is scheduled for Aug. 7 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. aboard The Hampton Girl.

Funds lifted throughout activities has absent to such businesses and initiatives as the East Hampton-based All Towards Abuse, which fights domestic violence, and the Island Harvest food items lender.

“We’re intrigued in something relevant to the outdoor and empowering and supporting females,” Molina says. “We want to support and empower women who want to hunt and fish and have a harmless area to do it. It’s a definitely wonderful group.”