Deb Hebert has been involved in life-or-death situations and weathered the fury of hurricanes, but she has seldom been in a situation as exhilarating or draining as the one she faced during the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic (MCGBC).
Hebert, an emergency room doctor and lieutenant colonel who has flown with the Keesler Air Force Base’s famed Hurricane Hunters, hooked into the first blue marlin of her two-year fishing career on the Iona Louise, the boat owned by Joe Hudson, her boyfriend, based out of Montgomery, Alabama.
More than three hours later, the petite Hebert prevailed over the big fish and the 127-1/2-inch blue marlin was boated. When Iona Louise and crew weighed in at Biloxi’s Golden Nugget Casino and Point Cadet Marina, the huge marlin registered 843.7 pounds.
“This was one of the most exciting experiences I’ve ever had,” said Hebert, a fitness buff who has completed 13 marathons. “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.”
Source: Outdoor Hub