A high-profile all-female tournament team hits the water
The goal of Marlin’s Lady Angler team is to help create more awareness of female anglers in various competitive fishing tournaments around the world. Courtesy Brittney Baldwin
Pelagic and Viking Yacht Company, along with Marlin and Bucked Up energy drinks, introduces a team of female anglers to compete in the 2023 Quest for the Crest sailfish tournament series, hosted by Bluewater Movements.
The goal of Marlin’s Lady Angler team is to help create more awareness of female anglers in various competitive fishing tournaments around the world. This team consists of women all stages of skill levels as they progress through their angling careers, from expert to tournament greenhorn. Each is not only a passionate angler but several are also prominent members of the marine industry as well, ranging from boatbuilding and sales to tournament directors and pro staff members. Each brings a unique quality to the team.
The number of women entering the sport of offshore fishing has increased dramatically over the last decade. To meet that growing demand for quality products, Pelagic has stepped up with a full line of hardcore fishing gear designed specifically for women anglers. The team is outfitted in the latest gear and will be well protected from the elements, whether rain, wind or sun.
Viking Yachts is also sponsoring the team. Fishing aboard Vikings during the Quest for the Crest series, the team will enjoy that legendary ride while also having the speed and maneuverability to make the best of a hot bite. The boats are set up perfectly for live-baiting and kite-fishing, with large cockpits and multiple livewells—it’s all hands on deck from the call for lines in until the end of each hard-fought day of competitive fishing.
Bucked Up is also a team sponsor, making sure the ladies stay hydrated faster and more efficiently than drinking mere water alone to help improve their performance. The ladies will also be stocked up with Buckshots to keep them ready for the bite.
International Angler, US Coast Guard Veteran
A fourth-generation Floridian, Hagler graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of North Florida with a bachelor of science in psychology. Specializing in the marine and fishing industry, Hagler is the managing owner of Rising Tide Marketing and marketing director for Release Boatworks and Gamefisherman. She has also managed social media for various brokers and high-profile tournaments including the Louisiana Gulf Coast Billfish Classic, Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic, Gulf Coast Masters and OBB Wahoo Charity Cup. She frequently fishes in Guatemala and has competed on the US East Coast white marlin tournament circuit.
International Angler, Tournament Director
Raised in Florida, Hazlett was introduced to fishing at an early age, and has traveled the world. After fishing her first tournament, Hazlett knew she wanted to be involved in boating and fishing for the rest of her life. She soon found her passion in running tournaments, heading up Skip’s Tournaments in Abaco, Bahamas, as well as other South Florida events, including her own ladies only Sailfish Sweethearts sailfish tournament in Palm Beach.
The Billfish Foundation Award Winner, Sales Coordinator
Callison moved from Georgia to South Florida on a mission to grow as an angler and found her love in billfishing. She is a member of both the West Palm Beach Fishing Club and The Billfish Foundation. Callison recently earned The 2023 Buccaneer Cup’s Top Female Angler award adding to her previous awards such as TBF’s Top Release Lady Angler for South Florida in 2021, and in 2022 she was named the Foundation’s Top Tagging Lady Angler in South Florida. She is also the sales coordinator at Valhalla Boat Sales, a subsidiary of the Viking Yacht Company.
Competitive Angler, Freediver
White is a second-generation South Florida native who grew up on the water fishing with her family. She fishes competitively in numerous local tournaments and is a passionate spearfisherman and freediver. Aside from White’s lofty goals to catch and release both a roosterfish and a giant black marlin, her sights are also set on completing her nursing degree and joining the medical community as a nurse anesthetist.
Young is a full-time South Florida YouTuber who grew up lobstering and snorkeling in the Florida Keys. She has always been drawn to the ocean and passionate about what it has to offer. The past three years have taken her around the world, and now, Young is ready to take on the challenging sailfish scene as a new tournament angler.
Tournament Angler, Philanthropist
Adinolfe has always had a deep love and respect for the ocean and a passion for fishing. She currently fishes locally and abroad on her 61-foot Viking Surf Bum. Adinolfe’s love for fishing is rivaled only by her love of others. She was instrumental in bringing much needed aid directly to the people of the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian wreaked havoc in 2019. Adinolfe’s non-profit, Bahamas Strong, was able to help not only the people of the affected communities, but also their four-legged family members as well. Adinolfe and fellow teammate Joy Kairalla are gearing up for a busy Feburary as they are fishing the Pescadora and making the quick turnaround to fish the Sailfish Challenge.
Tournament Angler, Freediver
Born and raised in Florida, Kairalla became an avid angler and spearfisherman after marriage, spending time in the Bahamas with her husband targeting wahoo and mahi offshore. She has won a number of awards in both local and international tournaments, and is teaching her children about the ocean through stewardship and conservation. Kairalla loves a challenge, and is looking forward to a style of fishing that she isn’t normally used to.
Professional Angler, Pelagic Pro-Staffer
A native Floridian, Marchant is the regional sales and event associate for Pelagic in South Florida. She is a seasoned tournament angler with more than 50 tournaments under her belt. Born in Key West and raised in Marathon, she calls Palm Beach her home, but the Florida Keys will always have her heart. Most weekends you can find Marchant listed as an angler in any number of local or international events.