Bluewater Belles

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“I was highly competitive, emotionally charged and good at overly dramatic tantrums that led to throwing the rod at my father after he yelled at me for bird-nesting the hell out of his reels, which I did often.” — Stephanie Choate Photo courtesy Stephanie ChoateStephanie Choate / Marlin Magazine
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Choate fighting what would prove to be the winning fish in this year’s Blue Marlin World Cup. Photo by Bryan ToneyBryan Toney
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Lainey Jones cut her angling teeth in the Gulf of Mexico but has since branched out to fish the Bahamas, Bermuda and beyond. Photo by Ronnie BurbageRonnie Burbage
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Aboard Mama Who, a 66-foot Viking, Lainey Jones seeks a grander in the Gulf of Mexico, Bermuda and the Bahamas. Photo by Ronnie BurbageRonnie Burbage
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Sandra MacMillan is a past chairman of the board of The Billfish Foundation who grew up fishing in Minnesota and South Florida with her father. Photo by Leonard Durham BryantLeonard Bryant
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Sandra MacMillan and her crew aboard her 63-foot Spencer Sandman have become serious billfish-tournament contenders with an impressive track record. Photo by Richard GibsonRichard Gibson
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Angler Martha Macnab scored a nice 308-pound yellowfin tuna in Puerto Vallarta in 2003, narrowly missing the world record of 314 pounds because the fish wasn’t weighed for 48 hours. Photo courtesy Martha MacnabMartha Macnab
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Martha Macnab has reportedly won more money on the billfish-tournament circuit than any female angler in history, due to major catches. Photo by Gary GrahamGary Graham
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Joan Vernon has been a tireless promoter of both the sport of offshore fishing itself, and of conservation to protect that sport. Photo by Richard GibsonRichard Gibson
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Vernon's Presidential Challenge -tournament series has raised well over $500,000 for various conservation groups. For more info, log on to preschallenge.com. Photo by Richard GibsonRichard Gibson