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.

Storm Prep

By |2021-08-31T14:48:29-05:0008/31/2021|

In a grim reminder of the power of nature, residents of coastal Louisiana are cautiously emerging from shelter and assessing the damage Monday, August 30. A deadly and powerful Hurricane Ida came ashore just before noon Sunday at Port Fourchon and is still wreaking havoc inland. The Category 4 storm, with sustained winds of [...]

Serious Coin

By |2021-06-27T17:39:17-05:0006/27/2021|

High Cotton, a 92 Viking based in Katy, Texas, won the biggest payout in the 2021 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic. The team, led by owner Pete Bell, Captain Allan Legge and angler Cliff Mountain, pocketed $394,436 to sweep the top marlin and marlin jackpot categories. High Cotton boated the largest fish of the week, [...]