Fishing off the coast of Biloxi, Mississippi, Hebert reeled in an 843.7-pound blue marlin on the morning of June 6. According to GulfLive.com's Al Jones, it was the largest fish that a female had ever caught in the history of the tournament and the third-largest caught by anyone.
The marlin was measured at 127.5 inches long and had a 74-inch girth. Of course, catching a fish of that size is no easy task. The angler had to endure a three-hour battle before being rewarded.
The fish put up quite a battle, but Hebert wasn't going to let it win, via Jones:
Amazing, just amazing. The fish was hooked at 7 am (Friday) and I really didn't know if I was going to get it in or not. But about two hours into the fight, I decided that I was not going to quit.
I was pumped to say the least. After two hours of going back and forth, I was convinced I would land the fish.
My arms and legs are bruised, but that was amazing.
Hebert walked away with first place in the tournament, which paid out $195,000, according to Jones.
"Not bad for my first blue marlin," Hebert told Jones.
You got that right.
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