When the five women making up the Ebony Anglers appear at a competitive fishing event wielding their rods and reels, there’s cause for conversation. Peebles organized the team over the summer of 2020 after visiting a local fishing tournament and realizing no women of color were participating. Peebles, a lifetime competitive athlete with a background in softball, knew her friend Mausi’s father was a professional angler and invited her to join. At their very first tournament in July 2020, the Carteret Community College Foundation’s Spanish Mackerel and Dolphin Tournament, the Ebony Anglers took first place with a 48-pound king mackerel. We’re actually winning.”The Anglers are often competing against teams with more experience in the competitive fishing landscape, but Peebles and her teammates are confident they can make impressive showings in 2021, including making a qualifying run for the Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament in June.