The Ebony Anglers, an all-black female fishing team from Morehead, North Carolina, recently made history after winning in the King Mackerel Division of Spain’s Mackerel & Dolphin Tournament. This is the first major tournament they have ever participated in.
Gia Peebles, a salon owner and entrepreneur, first thought of the idea of starting the group after she and her husband watched the annual Big Rock Fishing Tournament last June.
“When I saw women of all ages coming off their fishing boats with fish and winning prizes, I noticed that there were no women of color competing against each other,” Peebles told Spectacular Magazine. I said to myself, ‘We can do this. I already know accomplished women who are leaders and know how to win in other aspects of their lives. We can do this.'”
She then reached out to women who are also entrepreneurs, including festival owner and educator Lesleigh Mausi, nail technologist Glenda Turner, digital marketing and editorial model specialist Bobbiette Palmer, and Gourmet Catering Company owner Tiana Davis.
As a competitive women’s fishing team, they wrapped a 48-pound king mackerel in their first competition and earned the coveted North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission quote.
Now they are preparing to compete in qualifiers through 2021 and hopefully join the Big Rock Blue Marlin fishing tournament in June 2021.
This article was originally published by BlackNews.com.