“I have my Plano boxes setup with my confidence baits, with plastics, hard baits, hooks and sinkers – some of it all,” she said. “I want to be ready for any situation. Even though I ask my pro beforehand what we are going to do for the day, their game plan may not pan out and that means they may change what we were going to do. I want to be ready to do something totally different.”
In a male dominated sport, Uribe does feel the pressure of being a fishing female.
“Over the years, in the tournament situations, you hear guys talk about drawing a girl and the peeing situation or different things,” she began. “I just tell them it will be okay. We are there to fish. You do what you’ve got to do, and I will do what I’ve got to do.
“For myself, because of the pressure of being out there with the pros, I just want to fish as effectively as I can. Like the FLW article said – fish don’t discriminate – so, my goal is just to use my skills to the best of my ability.
“I’ve also noticed that if I am doing a lot better than some of my pros, they can get discouraged. I always tell them to just keep fishing. Any cast can change anything. You never know what is going to happen.”
Uribe said she would recommend fishing to any female, regardless of the predominant male competitors.
“It’s just fishing,” she said. “It’s not like other sports, where your strength or your height or your age matters. It boils down to your skills and your techniques.
Uribe believes that the more that female names are out there, the more it opens up the opportunities for sponsorships. Among other partners that help make her tournament competition possible, Uribe is part of the Bridgford Fishing Team.
“I feel that now, sponsors are more interested in female angers to get more exposure in different aspects out there,” she added. “I appreciate my sponsors giving me the opportunity that the have for all these years.”
Uribe’s overall advice for backseaters was three-part.
“Never give up, have fun and adapt to every situation,” she concluded.
At some point, Uribe would like to fish the Tour.
“Right now, I would love to win an event and qualify for the Championship,” she said. “But, also I love the aspect of being able to enjoy a sport with my brother and our family time together. Even pre-fishing or competing together or putting the pieces of the puzzle together.
“People always ask if I would want to go to the front of the boat; but I feel that would take away from the fun that my brother and I have together pre-fishing and our brother/ sister time. Usually my family travels with us also.
“It would be awesome to be able to be paired together in a competition – to make a top-10 together and fish together or to win one together.
“I want to be able to inspire other females and kids to fish and share my passion for the it with others. •