“Just a sista who loves to fish” is how Jaz Robinson describes herself on her Instagram profile. Known as Castaway Jaz, the Dallas-area resident shares her passion for fishing with a growing audience. She’ll be the first to tell you she’s no expert, but she’s happiest when she’s sharing what she’s learned, especially with other women of color. Jaz’s reputation is growing and she has been featured in Southern Living, Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, D Magazine and WFAA-TV. She just bought her first boat and Joe Pool Lake at Cedar Hill State Park will be her home lake in 2023. She’s also been tapped by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to serve on the Freshwater Fisheries Advisory Committee.
There’s not a lot of representation in the outdoors for people who look like me. When I first started fishing, children would always approach me, especially young girls, and they would be so interested and engaged in what I was doing. That lit a fire in me and made me want to kick it up a notch and be that resource for women, or really anyone who wants to get out there and give fishing a try.