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Updated: 03/14/2014 08:00:04AM

“Lucky Ladyfish”

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Anglers Ruth Shiflett, Jane Baran and Libby French show off a few of their ladyfish they caught Saturday morning during the Heels and Reels fishing tournament.

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One evening back in January, WaterLine publisher Josh Olive spoke to a group of women at a Habitat for Humanity “Women Build” meeting. Josh wanted to share details with the ladies about a proposal for a fundraising fishing tournament to be held on March 8, and he hoped to generate support among the gals for a fun-themed event that was dubbed the “Heels and Reels Ladyfish Tournament.” The Sun Coast Media Group — parent company of WaterLine Magazine — would sponsor the event, and proceeds would go to the local “Women Build” project.

Josh is apparently somewhat of a salesman, because when wife Patti came home from the meeting that evening, she told me that she had already assembled a team of lady anglers and, hint, hint, that they were taking offers on which lucky skipper would be fortunate enough to be allowed to supply the sure-to-win “Team Ladyfishers” with a boat and guide. When I told Patti that business obligations would preclude my participation on tournament day, she said that she understood, and she was even nice enough to leave without saying “Fine, we’ll have fun without you. Don’t worry about it at all. Not at all. Not even a little bit”. Isn’t it funny how the gals don’t really have to say some things out loud to get their message across?

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