Men didn't stand a chance last week at Florida's Sailfish Center in Palm Beach Shores. There were women everywhere—on the docks, in the boats and on the seas. They had gathered from all over the country to prove that, when it comes to billfishing, gentlemen beware! The occasion was the fourth annual sailfish tournament of the International Women's Fishing Association. Braving rough water and skittish weather, the ladies caught and released 22 sailfish during the two-day event. Top honors went to Mrs. Bev Smith of West Palm Beach for a total catch of four sails. Back on the docks, a cheering section of hopeful husbands, barred from the activities, waited for their wives' return and wondered if it had not indeed become a woman's world.
Relaxed Angler Mrs. LaMont Albertson of West Palm Beach, one of the tournament officials, fishes from the committee boat Eugenie VIII, owned by Lou Marron.
Hopeful Husband Hayne Ellis Jr. of Fort Lauderdale gives wife a kiss for good luck.
Experienced fisherwoman Jeannette Cross, Greenwich, Conn., readies tackle.
Excited at start of tournament, Mrs. William L. Fitts III of Vero Beach waits for her boat.
Triumphant after each catching a sailfish, Rose Stearns and Helen Webb carry gear home.
Dejected Mrs. Prank M. Yeager (left) shows catch to Mrs. Albertson.
Embroiled Mrs. E. Hampton Bryson of Miami (above) struggles to reel in a sailfish which had ensnarled itself in another line and had to be disqualified.