Ok, since you want me to play here it goes.
Linda was a deckhand for a fellow named Aldo on a boat called "Gloria Dawn" when I first started fishing the Grand Banks. He is an old-timer from Maine and a good guy.
The following year he gave Linda the "Gloria Dawn" to run. I had the misfortune of being the first boat to fish next to her as Captain. I arrived on the break "fishing area" early that morning and proceeded to run the edge all day and scope out my set. Come setting time I see a target on the radar come towards me, we make contact and she proceeds to tell me I am on her water, even though she has not fished yet. Her arogant attitude made me back off and let her have the break and I fished outside and behind her a mile or 2 so she could guide the way. After set one, we compared notes and she told me she had 1500 pounds, I being a gentleman told her that we had about the same. Each and every day our reports were similiar, of course we both thought each other was lying. Seven days later, I called her to say we were heading to port with the fish hold plugged (45,000 pounds). Our famous Lady came unglued, seems she was catching 1500 pounds per day. Guess she should have followed rather than lead.
Next trip that same year she again had a broker while we filled the boat. I believe I did have the break and she was like 3 boats outside of me. The following year she teamed up with a guy named Larry Butler (she does not write about Larry in her books) ask her about him. While Linda and Larry were off on another freq. making plans for the vessels to finish the set close to each other (ask her), they forgot to call the two vessels who were already working the water they decided to set on. David Marks and myself were there for a week prior when the love birds decided to set on top of us and tangle 4 lines together. David even made a comment that some of his leaders were cut and that fish were missing (ask her she will remember).
The following year I took my boat to Hawaii, my time with Linda was done and I couldn't be happier. Bob Brown took a chance and gave her the Hanna Boden, she had a few good crew members and I heard that she had finally started catching something. I didn't keep track, but heard from Tom Ring (her mate) that Ma did good. Ma was her handle onboard.
Her claim to fame is to run the HB at the same time that Billy sank (Adrea Gail) since both vessels had the same owner, the claim that she was the highliner is totally false, I can name 20 guys who could kick her ass on a daily basis. Linda could only dream of putting the amount of meat on the dock that we have. It has nothing to do with being a girl, just not understanding how water flows, hence her situation now.
We never had our ass kicked by anyone, especially Linda and always were at or near the top producer each trip. If you really know anyone who has ran a PLL vessel from 1980 until today they will confirm that getting to the wharf before me was a good idea to get a price for your fish. There are former PLL'ers on here who can confirm.
Please confirm this with Linda and ask her if she could kick the ass of Larry Horn, Tom Berry, Tony Guisman, John Frawley, Bob Larue, Mike Foy, Bob Mitchell, Jerry Grandinete, Warren Cannon and a host of others.
Don't believe the hype that sells books. Now go back to catching pretty striped fish for somebody's tank.