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By Carolyn Stash

  I want to start by saying that I am a breast cancer survivor. Fishing helped me with my recovery, both physically and emotionally. After surgery and for many years, you lose a lot of range of motion. Casting a rod or pulling in a fish helped with my recovery, strength and well-being. I have since formed the Pink Ladies Breast Cancer Foundation, a 501c3 organization that raises money to help others who have come after me get back out on the water.
  In 2023, I was inducted into an all men’s fishing club, which had recently opened up their membership to women. The Lighthouse Point Saltwater Sportsman Club in Lighthouse Point, Florida, is more than 40 years old. These club members have an amazing comradery and love to fish, hunt, take amazing trips to exotic destinations and help with so many local charities. There are now six women who are members, including me.
  Last October, I was lucky to be a last-minute fill-in on a trip with 10 other club members to Magdalena Bay, Mexico, for a marathon three-day fishing blowout at Mag Bay Lodge in San Carlos, Baja California Sur, Mexico. I did a little research before the trip and this was a whaling port in the 1800s. You can still see evidence of the whaling camp when you leave the harbor.
  Not knowing what was involved with the complexity of getting to Mag Bay Lodge, I said, “Count me in.” Our group included five amazing avid women anglers who have never been there and six men.
  Well, let me tell you, that is where the adventure started. Our group met at 4:30 a.m. at the Fort Lauderdale airport and we headed west to Cabo, Mexico. With eight hours of travel under our belt, we gathered our luggage, fishing rods, and went through Mexico customs. Then we had the ceremonial cocktail outside waiting on our van for the next portion of our journey. Next, a seven- to eight-hour van ride north toward the fish camp. And I mean “fish camp”.
  As we arrived in the little town on Halloween, we could see the kids out trick-or-treating in town. Our next hand-off spot was after the sun went down, so we only saw the star-filled sky. Our driver took us down a long unlit dirt road to the edge of the water where we waited a short time, looking at the reflection off the water until we were greeted by another lodge employee. The van was unloaded in the moonlight and our gear was transferred onto a 30-foot panga sitting in the sand.

The Pink Ladies Breast Cancer Foundation, a 501c3 organization raises money to help others get back out on the water.
The Pink Ladies Breast Cancer Foundation, a 501c3 organization that raises money to help others get back out on the water.
The Pink Ladies at the 2nd Annual Pink Ladies Breast Cancer Foundation CURE-NAMENT in 2023.
The Pink Ladies at the 2nd Annual Pink Ladies Breast Cancer Foundation CURE-NAMENT in 2023.

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