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Outdoors

August 23, 2012

MOORE FISHING REPORT; Lady angler shows admirable integrity

PORT ARTHUR —   Occasionally a story will come across the wire that not only fits with our outdoors coverage but also has a real human interest.

    This one is from the Associated Press and tells a truly awesome story of the human spirit.

    A 5-foot-9-inch woman tournament fishing in Hawaii waters fought a 12-foot marlin more than four hours before getting it on her team’s boat and weighing it at more than a half-ton which was a would-be world record.

    But 28-year-old Molly Palmer is missing out on the glory and thousands in tournament prize money for one pesky reason: Her team’s code of honor.

    Cheating would have been easy and tempting. The Big Island Invitational Marlin Tournament runs in part on an honor system and Palmer, her captain and crewmates put up roughly $9,000 to enter last week.

    But the Kailua-Kona angler said it was not a question of whether or not to

cheat her team just wanted to reel in the big catch. So they disqualified

themselves and Palmer’s crewmates helped pull the monstrous fish aboard.

     “The question was only can I land the fish or not,” Palmer told The

Associated Press.

    “I didn’t come here to set world records. I didn’t even really come here to win money. I came here to catch fish and that’s just what we were there to do.”

    Palmer needed to reel in the fish by herself in order for it to qualify as a

valid catch for the tournament, according to rules set by the International

Game Fishing Association.

     Palmer’s fish weighed in at 1,022.5 pounds, well over the record of 950

pounds for a woman using a 130-pound line, tournament organizer Jody Bright said. .

    “I’ve had people try to slide things past me for a whole lot less money,

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