“I got lucky this time, I had no expectations because, you know, we weren’t one of the first boats and I was hoping to at least make top female angler but it really took me by surprise I did not expect it, it’s very exciting especially being the first one.”
Maria was named top angler for the 2021 Series thanks to catching 18 sails and five marlin for a total of 4,300 points.
Maria started fishing the tournament only a few years ago, noting that what pushed her to become better is her competitiveness, something, she says with a laugh, she and her husband, Uno Mas Captain Brooks Smith share.
“We make a good match with that and seeing the boys stand up all day there and holding the rods I had to learn and I forced myself to just stay out there and deal with the sun and stand it. The first barrier was dealing with the weather and standing up. I don’t have a lot of experience I just have a lot of endurance, I’m strong and fast and I know I can handle this, I learned how to catch my own.”
2021 Signature Triple Crown Leg 3
Leg III – Top 3
First Place – Team Galati
Second Place – Eight Eights
Third Place – Dragin Fly
Triple Crown Overall
Series Winners – Team Galati
Second Overall – Grand Slam
Third Overall – Fish Tank