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MORIAH FORMICA is a powerful, young vocal sensation.
The lead singer and guitarist for the all-female rock band Plush has done everything from sing with metal legends Stryper to compete on television’s The Voice
And last December, she wrapped up a massive tour singing with Trans-Siberian Orchestra with two sold-out shows in San Antonio.
Her greatest love, however, is fishing.
“Fishing is probably the only place where I feel totally at peace. I just love it,” Formica said.
Turned onto fishing at a very young age by fishing with her father, she said the fish that really hooked her into the sport was a bass.
“I remember when I was really little, catching a nice bass and that really did it for me. When you’re a kid and catch a 3-4 pound bass you think it’s a giant,” she said.
A native of upstate New York, Formica has plenty of opportunities to catch largemouth and smallmouth as well as other top inland sportfish.
A friend asked her if she wanted to fish a pond on family property, and not expecting much, she hooked into one of her favorite-ever catches.
“It was just this tiny pond, but I caught a big pike. I love to fish ponds, and really any kind of waterway, because you never know what you might catch,” she said.
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra tour was very time-consuming, as most stops had a 3 p.m. and a 7 p.m. show, so fishing was not an option. When she’s out with Plush, however, she loves to fish when she gets a chance.
“We were at a venue in North Carolina and they had pictures of people with fish they had caught and I found some fishing gear up against the wall. So, I asked around and they had a pond there for people who play there to fish, which I did before the show and after,” she said.
Although most barriers to women fishing have been obliterated, some young girls might still feel a little hesitant to get involved if they’re the only female in their family or friend group into it.
Formica said they should grab a rod and reel and hit the water.
“For any girls that are into fishing and maybe none of their friends are, I was that girl. I am that girl. Keep at it and have fun. It brings a lot to my life, and it will a lot to yours.”
(You can hear Formica on the T&FG-sponsored podcast Higher Calling Wildlife with Chester Moore on all major podcasting platforms and thehighercalling.podbean.com.)
If you need a reminder why fishing can soothe the soul and is an important way to relax and refocus, listen to this fun episode with a next-level talent.
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—story by CHESTER MOORE