A final-day rally of five striped marlin releases by an Alvarado, Texas, family saw the Texas Women’s Anglers Tournament team beat an entry from Nantucket, Mass., and 64 other teams from around the world in the Rolex/International Game Fish Association Offshore Championship.
The fifth annual world championship was a four-day catch-and-
release billfish event held in May off Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Robin Artecona and her 10-year old daughter, Amalee, along with husband Edgar, son, Ryan, all of Alvarado, and Monte Love of Port Aransas, ended the tournament with a score of 3,500 points. Amalee was the youngest competitor of the tournament’s 25 women.
The anglers used dead ballyhoo to catch four of the marlin and live bait for the fifth billfish. IGFA chief tournament judge Peter Wright said it took skill to fish with the dead bait. “That wasn’t luck with this win; they out fished the other contestants.”
The Nantucket (Mass.) Anglers Club Billfish Tournament team, which held a 500-point lead going into the final day, caught only one striped marlin, dropping them to third.
The Nantucket team, made up of Cape Cod brothers Joe (of Barnstable), Roy (Milford) and Jim Santolucito (South Dennis), along with team captain Larry Kenney (West Yarmouth), had been consistent with at least two marlin each of the three previous days. They ended with a score of 2,700 points from nine marlin releases.