FOR THE LADIES
I was really pleased to see Heather Maxwell’s article on ladies’ tournaments. Thanks for mentioning the Ocean City Marlin Club ladies’ tournament, Heels and Reels. We are really proud of our event, and we have some of the best lady anglers in the world enter each year. However, we do not make them fish three straight days in any conditions. Our tournament fishes one out of two days. We also host one of the largest ladies’ tournaments in the world. The Capt. Steve Harman’s Poor Girls Open, based out of Bahia Marina in Ocean City, averages more than 100 boat entries each year. The tournament takes place the week after the White Marlin Open and usually has some fantastic fishing. Also, the tournament has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to breast-cancer research. Harman and his wife, Pam, came up with the idea for the tournament back in the ’90s, and the tournament is currently run by Harman’s brother and daughters (unfortunately, Harman passed away several years ago).
Franky Pettolina President, Ocean City Marlin Club Via email