Linda Williams made angling history Friday afternoon by becoming the first woman to catch the winning fish in the lucrative Bisbee’s Black & Blue Marlin Tournament at Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Her catch of a 774-pound blue marlin, in the final hours of the three-day event, was worth $368,675 for her team aboard the yacht II Success.
But Williams wasn’t the only woman smiling afterward. Martha McNabb and her team, which had held first place with a 525-pound marlin until Williams’ fish was weighed, was worth $1,185,862.
The payday was bigger because the team had entered more side jackpots in an event that draws teams of mostly wealthy anglers from around the world.
Williams, who is from Alta Loma, California, was fishing with her long-time skipper, Kevin Pahl, and mates Antonio Zuniga Ruiz, David Reed, Craig Pani, and her friend, Jan Howard.
McNabb is from the Cabo San Lucas area and was fishing aboard the yacht Retriever. It’s the second time she has finished runner-up after being edged on the final day of what’s billed as “the world’s richest sportfishing tournament.” Williams’ marlin was brought to the scale 10 minutes before the tournament concluded.
Not all of the money goes to the anglers. The tournament has raised more than $600,000 for local charities, and last year more than $200,000 was donated to charity.