Tournament draws about 200 female anglers on 40 boats, raises $5K for WSW
(Aug. 21, 2020) The inaugural Rebel’s Release Ladies Limited Billfish Release Tournament, held Aug. 14-15, was a success with about 200 female anglers fishing on 40 boats and $50,675 distributed among the winners.
In addition, the tournament raised funds for Women Supporting Women. Tournament Director Pam Taylor will present $5,330 to the Salisbury-based organization.
Women Supporting Women’s services include prosthetic breast fittings, wigs, educational tote bags, lift chair loaner program and community-related events to educate the public. All of its services are free.
In addition to its main office, support groups are held in Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset and Dorchester counties.
“Women Supporting Women is an awesome organization that keeps all of their donations right here on the Eastern Shore,” Taylor said. “They offer support groups, wigs, yoga and all kinds support for women fighting breast cancer. We’re proud to support them, supporting our local community.”
Thirty-four of the teams fished on the first day of the tournament and six on Day 2.
The Top Dog team came in first place with 600 points. The crew released two white marlin and two blue. The ladies won $7,267. They also entered the winner take all calcutta and were presented an additional $34,141.
The Big Stick team finished in second place with 400 points for releasing four white marlin. The group received $4,360.
The Reel Steel crew also released four white marlin. The team was presented $2,907.
The top angler of the tournament was Lainey Jones, who released four white marlin while fishing on Mama Who. She won $1,000.
The top junior angler was 11-year-old Harper Hastings. She released one white marlin while fishing aboard Absolut Pleasure. She took home $1,000.
“Overall, the event went very well. With just three weeks’ notice of starting a tournament, I’d really like to express my appreciation for everyone who entered and for their patience in the beginning as we got organized,” Taylor said. “We saw so many photos and video of the girls having a great time. We have records of 33 white marlin and three blue marlin releases. We’re happy to be able to provide a donation to Women Supporting Women of $5,330 to stay right here in our community to go to women in need.”
Taylor said she would like to offer the tournament again next year.
“We’re looking to move the tournament to September of 2021, but no solid dates have been set yet,” she said. “We’re hoping to add meat fish calcuttas with weigh-ins, as well as some other new surprises I think the ladies are going to love, but we’re not ready to share yet. I think it’s going to take lady tournaments up a notch. I’m really excited about these ideas.”