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Presidential Women’s World Virtual Fishing Challenge Final Results

The organizers of the Presidential Challenge Charitable Foundation have announced the results of the Presidential Women’s World Virtual Fishing Challenge. This virtual format event took place Feb. 1 – March 31, 2022, and was open to women anglers around the world, with no age limit. Scoring took place using the CaptApp application, which verifies catches using video and geo-location, among many other features—cellular reception is not required for the app to operate.

Winning first place with the most marlin releases was Team Protocol, fishing on Protocol out of Cabo San Lucas. Capt Alex Rogers fished the allotted six days with anglers Brandi Rogers, Mallery Mellinger, Nadine Cardinale and tallied seven striped marlin releases for 2,100 points. Congratulations, ladies!

Finishing in second place and tallying the most sailfish releases was Team Tranquilo/Zaguate, fishing in Isla Mujeres, Mexico, aboard Vamanos and in Quepos, Costa Rica, on Zaguate. Anglers Amanda Cofer and Mary Dembosky fished their six days and scored 1,800 points from 18 sailfish releases.

Team Sea Angel landed in third, fishing aboard Rum Runner with Capt. Joe Crawford out of Los Sueños, Costa Rica. Anglers LuAnne Angel, Samantha Mumford, and Nicki Banks released a mix of blue marlin and sailfish to score 1,700 points.

The Gamefisher II was the big winner in the game fish division with a 45-inch mahimahi, the longest of the tournament. The Gamefisher II anglers were Melissa Chellemi and Monica Guevara, fishing with Capt. Junior Bustos.

Eligible species included all billfish species (100 percent release for blue, black, white and striped marlin as well as sailfish and spearfish) as well as mahimahi and tuna, which could be weighed or measured. Blue and black marlin are scored at 500 points each; white and striped marlin are 300 points; sailfish and spearfish are worth 100 points. Tuna and mahi are one point per pound. Proceeds from the event will benefit several worthy charitable and conservation-based organizations.

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