The biggest, strongest men could only stand by and watch with amazement this year as women anglers landed the two biggest fish at the Bisbee’s Black & Blue Marlin Tournament in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico — an event dominated by men since it began in 1981.
Linda Williams of California brought in a 774-pound blue marlin while fishing with her team aboard the II Success. That fish was the second-largest qualifying catch in tournament history. It took her nearly two hours to land it.
The runner-up was Martha McNabb, who lives near Cabo and was fishing with her team aboard the Retriever. She landed a 525-pound marlin, making her the second-place finisher for the second time in this particular tournament.
Williams’s fish brought her team $368,675, while McNabb’s catch netted her team $1,185,862 million thanks to extra side jackpots.
“I think this week we showed what lady anglers can do,” Williams told www.grindtv.com. “We can compete on this level without question.”
Only marlin weighing 300 pounds or more were allowed to be kept. The Bisbee’s tournament has raised more than $600,000 for local charities. Learn more at www.bisbees.com.