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Cashion Crew of The Month – September 2021

by:Kyler Branaum

Cilla Johnson

“A true passion that burns within your soul is one that can never be put out” (Zach Toelke). Cashion Crew Member of the Month, Cilla Johnson has a passion for fishing that rivals most. Over the years, Cilla continued to pursue her love for fishing when she eventually discovered kayak fishing. “Kayak fishing has afforded me with opportunities to fish in areas I wasn’t able to reach before. And I can do it alone which is what really drew me to the sport.” Since moving to Northern Virginia, she spends most of her time with her loving husband, amazing four children, working full-time as a Director of Business Development for a Government Contractor and fishing.

She also volunteers by supporting our nation’s active duty and veterans through Bravo Zulu Outdoors and Heroes on the Water. In-between all of that, she is also part of the Women’s Fishing Federation, founded by Kristine Fischer, Amanda Brannon and Mel Issacs. Kristine added, “Cilla is not only an amazing angler, she’s an amazing person. She’s a “mom” to me and many others and plays a crucial role in the Women’s Fishing Federation running smoothly.” If you are unaware of the WFF, they help women get into the sport of fishing, helping share the wealth of knowledge they have to other women looking to get into fishing and possibly competing in various kayak tournaments.

Cilla is an accomplished angler snatching Gold and Silver Medals in the Pan-American Bass Kayak tournament representing Team USA. When she isn’t competing in kayak fishing tournaments across the east coast, She is one of the few anglers that loves to targets ferocious snakehead. Cilla notes,” The fight is amazing, there is a lot of misunderstanding about snakehead.” Cilla does a lot of electro shocking, helping the Virginia wildlife resource, tag snakehead and release for scientific studies.Cilla works extremely hard to help others with their passion for fishing and here at Cashion Rods, we couldn’t be prouder to have her as a part of this Cashion Crew! We can’t wait to see her future unfold even more in the fishing world!