Amanda Brannon

My love for fishing was instilled in me at a very young age, raised in South Carolina by parents that embraced the outdoor lifestyle. It was not until 2016 that I began kayak fishing after receiving a Hobie Outback as an engagement present from my husband. Together, we began traveling cross country and fishing alongside each other when my husband’s duty with the US Coast Guard permitted travel. In 2018, while fishing the HOBIE BOS on Guntersville, I sustained a wrist injury that prevented me from competing. Needing to channel my passion for fishing and recognizing the need for greater representation and support for women in the sport, I co-founded Women's Fishing Federation alongside Kristine Fischer and Mel Isaacs. This federation serves as a platform for educating and empowering women in the world of fishing.

In 2021, I started Reel Tournament Management, a comprehensive tournament management company. This venture serves as a one-stop solution for organizing, coordinating, and providing judging for fishing tournaments, showcasing my dedication to the catch photograph release growth.

Despite facing setbacks, I have been determined to get back on the water competitively. After undergoing a second surgery this past March, I have received medical clearance to fish competitively again. This has rekindled my excitement to get back out on the water and be a positive influence for other women looking to compete in the sport of kayak fishing. I will be competing in the Wild West Bass Trail – Kayak Pro Tour that begins July 15.

Although my tournament statistics are not much to talk about, I have had a presence in the kayak community that spans across the United States. Over the last six years I have volunteered for many on the water demos with dealers, hosted “The Kayak Fishing Experience” for ladies the last four years, attended ICAST in 2019 and 2022, as well was a speaker in 2018 and 2022 at the International Sportsman’s Expo in Sacramento.