Teamwork

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June 25, 2016; Sandestin, Florida:

Big-game fishing is a team sport. The angler on the rod is important, without question. But he or she cannot catch a big marlin or tuna weighing hundreds of pounds on their own. The captain drives to the prime spots and then skillfully maneuvers the boat during the fight, knowing when to back down and how to turn to keep the line tight. The mates rig baits, clear lines, wire the fish and handle the gaff ...

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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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