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.

ECBC Celebrates 20th Anniversary June 22-26

By |2022-05-11T10:43:19-05:0005/11/2022|

Miramar Beach, Florida – One of the most popular events of the Gulf Coast big-game tournament circuit is celebrating 20 years of exciting, high-stakes competition. The 20th annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic is set to get underway June 22 and continue through June 26 at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. This year’s platinum [...]

Solving the Puzzle

By |2022-05-02T08:11:32-05:0005/02/2022|

There’s always an underlying game when it comes to big-game tournament competition. Finding The fish, a true contender, is very similar to putting a complex puzzle together. In the Gulf of Mexico’s vast expanse certain pieces must be identified and fit together in order to attract the bait, and ultimately the game fish. The [...]

Tried and True

By |2022-04-01T07:18:33-05:0004/01/2022|

A frisky blackfin tuna or bonita is hard to turn down. Soaking live baits, especially around structure like the multiple oil and gas rigs in the central Gulf of Mexico, is the trendy way to catch tournament-winning blue marlin. Combined with side-scanning sonar, the method has proven quite successful in recent seasons. But it’s [...]

Right Attitude

By |2022-03-02T09:18:11-06:0003/02/2022|

By the numbers, competing in a high stakes blue-water tournament like the Classic can be daunting. Eighty-eight boats fished the 2021 edition, and the winning fish was caught by a 92-foot Viking (High Cotton). That equates to hundreds of anglers and thousands of collective hours of sea time along Gulf Stream rips. The average [...]

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