Capt. Dave Lear

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.

Game Changers

By |2019-02-28T18:13:25-05:0002/28/2019|

When the stakes are high, every advantage counts. That’s why during the off-season teams look at ways to improve or gain even the slightest edge over others to win the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic. Changes take many forms, from upgrading tackle or electronics to increasing live bait capacity or adding a new set of [...]

It Pays to Release

By |2018-07-26T15:39:33-05:0007/26/2018|

There were several great story lines associated with last month’s Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic. In addition to a record number of boats (91) and the record purse ($2 million-plus), there was the underdog theme with the high school buddy team catching the largest blue (699.2) aboard Can’t Deny It. The combination really made for [...]

Underdog High School Team Wins

By |2018-06-26T07:56:39-05:0006/26/2018|

It was the blue-water version of David vs. Goliath. A group of high school buddies competing aboard a loaner boat topped 90 other professional teams by landing the largest blue marlin in the 2018 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic. Angler Will Beard boated the 699.2-pound blue marlin after a nearly two-hour fight. Beard, of Fairhope, [...]

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