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The Question: Which is the gamest fish to land? On what tackle? (asked at the First International Women's Fishing Tournament, Palm Beach, Fla.)
Jimmy Jemail
February 06, 1956
MRS. ALLISON (LIZ) FELITASWilmington, Del."The white marlin, using a nine-thread line. That's better than trying to show off with a two-, three-or six-thread line. Pound for pound, the white marlin is the fightingest, gamest fish in the seas. I lost a world's record, a 92-pounder, because my line tested one pound too much in one spot."
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February 06, 1956

The Question: Which Is The Gamest Fish To Land? On What Tackle? (asked At The First International Women's Fishing Tournament, Palm Beach, Fla.)

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MRS. ALLISON (LIZ) FELITAS
Wilmington, Del.
"The white marlin, using a nine-thread line. That's better than trying to show off with a two-, three-or six-thread line. Pound for pound, the white marlin is the fightingest, gamest fish in the seas. I lost a world's record, a 92-pounder, because my line tested one pound too much in one spot."

MRS. GAR WOOD, Miami
"I've found the tarpon to be the gamest. Tarpon are game fighters, are tricky and keep you on edge. They'll jump, come at you and dart away. You can easily lose control. I like to cast for tarpon, in the manner of fly casting, with a 10-pound test monofilament nylon line."

JACQUELINE GERLI, Palm Beach
"As one who has hooked nearly every species of fish, I say that the white marlin is the gamest. You use a three-thread, eight-pound test line. It's hard to control a white marlin. He will sound on you and he may jump. It's impossible to tell. You really have to wear one out to pull him in."

MRS. LOUIS A. (GINI) FERGUSON Jr.
Palm Beach
"Sailfish. They really put on a fan dance for you and are small enough to be interesting. These fish are boated reasonably quickly. You don't tie up a boat most of the day as you may with marlin or tuna. It's a real challenge using a light six-thread line. I'm not good enough. I use a nine-thread."

MRS. JOSEPHINE ROBINSON, Newport, R.I.
"You can only cite your own personal experience. The wahoo gives me the most terrible fight. It takes off like a streak of lightning. One mistake and you lose. I fish on six-thread line in the Bahamas. Some use three-thread for the wahoo, but I think that's trick fishing."

MRS. EDWARD B. COSGROVE
Le Sueur, Minn.
Winner of top tournament honors
"I can't agree with those in this tournament who say the sailfish is the gamest. I caught four the first day. It was no fun, almost dull. The fightingest fish I ever hooked was a striped marlin in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand, with a 15-thread line."

BILLIE COLEMAN, South Otselic, N.Y.
Vice-President
B. F. Gladding
Fishing Line Co.
"Tarpon on a fly rod. To begin with, there is an art in casting. The presentation of the bait combined with the right line causes the tarpon to jump more. It's spectacular and more fun. That's the way I like to fish, the tough way, giving the fish the better of it."

HELEN (HONEY CHILD) GORTON
Palm Beach
"The sailfish. It's not only game to the core, but it is the most satisfying because of its beauty. The way sailfish tail the water is spectacular and colorful. No wonder it's the fisherman's favorite. I use a six-thread line. I'm not expert enough to use a three-thread."

MRS. L. T. VERNER, Dallas
"In the Pacific either the striped marlin or sailfish. The sailfish don't come as big in the Atlantic as in the Pacific. Eight feet is a bit small for Pacific sailfish, which jump more and will sound, if you let them. Then there's trouble. Hook one on a six-thread line and you have a fight on your hands."

MRS. JOHN (KATY) RYBOVICH Jr.
West Palm Beach
"The beautiful sailfish are my pets. We always release them when we get them to the boat. But the white marlin is the gamest. He gives you the best fight. I use a nine-thread line because I want a chance. But a six-thread can be used. On sailfish, I use a three-thread."

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