Angler Deb Hebert made the catch of a lifetime during the recent Gulf Coast Billfish Classic.
While fishing in Gulf waters off the coast of Biloxi, Herbert landed an 843.7-pound blue marlin – the largest ever caught by a female angler tournament history.
“This was one of the most exciting experiences I’ve ever had,” said Herbert, according to Outdoorhub. “It was incredible. I’ve only been fishing for two years and this was my first blue marlin. I’ve caught and tagged white marlin, but this is my first blue.”
Herbert, an ER doctor and lieutenant colonel from Alabama who flew with the Keesler Air Force Base’s Hurricane Hunters, spent nearly three hours fighting the monster marlin on an 80-pound test.
The fish was 127.5 inches long with a 74-inch girth. It was also the third largest blue marlin to be entered in the tournament’s 17-year history, according Gulflive.com.
“Not bad for my first blue marlin,” said Herbert.
Not bad at all!