About Capt. Dave Lear

Capt. Dave Lear has been covering big-game fishing for more than two decades, first as the editor of Marlin magazine and later as an award-winning freelance writer and tournament correspondent. The former executive director of The Billfish Foundation was also the 51st angler to gain membership in the IGFA's exclusive Royal Billfish Slam Club by catching and releasing all nine species of billfish. Learn more about Dave at www.captaindavelear.com.


By |2023-01-31T06:21:55-06:0001/31/2023|

With a venue name like the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic, there’s really no questioning the ultimate catch. Blue marlin are the top billfish prize in the Gulf and teams bet on boating the heaviest one to earn the largest payout. The three game fish categories—tuna, dolphin and wahoo—are typically by-catch in the pursuit [...]

Angler Gift Ideas

By |2022-11-28T08:32:53-06:0011/28/2022|

Turkey leftovers still chillin’ in the fridge, so it’s time to start shopping for holiday gifts for the anglers on your list. With a wink and nod to Santa, here are a few ideas that will be right in the strike zone. Marlin and InTheBite Subscriptions For more than 40 years, Marlin has showcased [...]

Moving Up

By |2022-10-28T05:34:16-05:0010/28/2022|

Late October means a couple of things for Gulf offshore enthusiasts. The season is winding down with the onset of blustery cold fronts and unsettled seas. And the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is underway with a plethora of gleaming new and pre-owned sport-fishing yachts on the market. That showcase often prompts thoughts of [...]