Sigh of Relief

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June 24, 2016; Sandestin, Florida:

Facing a nearly 200-mile run across open water with a precious cargo leaves a lot of time for what-ifs, especially with hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake. But the crew of the Breathe Easy, a 68 Viking based in Orange Beach, Alabama, is living up to its namesake after scaling an 835.8-pound blue marlin Friday night. That fish vaulted the team solidly into first place with one day of competition remaining. Chad Postle of Daphne, ...

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Gender Gap

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June 24, 2016; Sandestin, Florida:

The gap is narrowing. If you survey the participants at most big-game tournaments in the Gulf, the majority of the anglers are males. Yet that gender imbalance is changing quickly as more and more ladies embrace the sport. And what’s equally important is they’re not just sitting idly by, acting as cheerleaders. No sir! These women are whipping and weighing fish that are the envy of their male counterparts.

So far this season, Sherry Polk ...

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The Winning Edge

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June 23, 2016; Sandestin, Florida:

The 14th annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic kicked off Wednesday in historic fashion. From its humble beginnings in 2003, the tournament has grown to a record 85 teams and a new record purse in excess of $1.95 million in cash prizes. The action begins at noon Thursday after the boats depart the Baytowne Marina at the host Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort.

It’ll be a diverse fleet, ranging ...

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