It’s not every woman who hopes to hear that she has managed to tip the scales at several hundred pounds. However, Linda Williams of Alta Loma, CA and Martha McNabb of Cabo San Lucas were all smiles when they weighed in with the biggest marlins at the Bisbee’s Black & Blue Billfishn Tournament in Cabo, Mexico. In fact, it was the first time that women grabbed the number one and two spots since the tourney began in 1981.
“It was the fish of a lifetime and definitely one for the bucket list. I love this tournament and I love the people,” exclaimed Williams after collecting a prize of $368,675 for her winning 774 lb fish. Williams managed to land the marlin after a two-hour battle and get it on the scale just 10 minutes before the end of three-day competition.
Yet while Williams’s catch may have out-weighed McNabb’s by 149 lbs, Martha landed the bigger prize ($1,185,862) for her second place 525 lb marlin thanks to the fact that her team had entered more side jackpots in the event that draws teams of the world’s richest anglers.
“I think this week we showed what lady anglers can do, and that we can compete on the same level as men, without question,” added Williams.
Note: Only marlins weighing more than 300 lbs were allowed to be kept, while teams who land anything smaller faced penalties.
It should also be noted that the tournament raised more than $600,000 for local charities.