The Question: Who is the better fisherman, you or your mate? (Asked at the men's day of the Palm Beach Women's International Billfish Tournament)

March 25, 1957

MRS. LOUIS A. (GINI) FERGUSON
Lake Forest, Ill. and Palm Beach
My husband. What is all this malarkey about women being better fishermen than men? Nonsense! Our husbands are grand to take us with them. Oftentimes we are in the way because the men have to cater to us. I'm sure the men don't have as much fun when their wives tag along.

GAR WOOD JR.
Miami, Manufacturer of fishing tackle
That's tough to say. Naturally, being the man, I think I am more skillful. But she's mighty lucky and also mighty pretty. The fish seem just to fight for the privilege of biting at her line, and she has caught some pretty big ones in her time. The biggest fish she ever hooked was me.

MRS. JOHN (TINA) RYBOVICH JR.
Palm Beach
He is. There's no question about it. John is one of the top anglers t in the world. He proved it again this season in the Cuban Invitational Tournament at the Sailfish Club. Our home is full of the trophies he has won. But, although he's nuts about fishing, I love it more than he does.

MRS. EDWARD B. COSGROVE
Le Sueur, Minn.
He is better, although some people say that I am, judging by the number and size of the fish I catch. But it seems as if I have all the luck. As an example, he took me along on a fishing jaunt to New Zealand. I can't tell you how disappointed I was for him when I caught all the fish.

TOM SHERWOOD
Eastern Airlines
Florida sales manager
My wife definitely is. I usually catch a fair share of fish, but she either gets the biggest fish or the most fish. I've never seen it to fail. The majority of the women did better than the men in this tournament, for instance. First prize went to Mrs. Helen (Honey Child) Gorton of Palm Beach.

MRS. PETER A. B. WIDENER
Palm Beach and Helmville, Mont.
My husband is a real fisherman, whereas I just play at it. He likes to say that I'm a better angler, but then he's just like all other husbands who love their wives. Actually, he likes fishing so much that he taught me to fish so I could go along with him and not be a fish widow.

ROBERT BOOMHOWER
Montauk Point, N.Y.
Retired
She is, and I'm not just being gallant about it. But don't take my word for it. That's also the opinion of Kip Farrington, who twice has written about her. In his opinion, Mrs. Boomhower is the finest surf caster on the Atlantic Coast. That's taking in a lot of territory.

MRS. ROBERT C. H. MATHEWS
Nashville
Frankly, I am, if you want me to be factual. My husband is a golfer. I fish. We have a perfect understanding-and don't get in each other's way. In this way, I've avoided becoming a golf widow. I can recommend such separation of interests to all wives whose husbands are crazy about golf.

RICHARD S. BEINECKE
Palm Beach, Southeastern state manager, Sterry-Hutchinson Co.
My wife. She has more time to fish and she can go out every day. An occasional Saturday or Sunday is the best I can manage. Look how happy she is. She caught three sailfish, and she is one of the prize winners for the day. I hooked a dolphin and won nothing.

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