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.

Desired Water

By |2021-04-29T13:38:11-05:0004/29/2021|

Contrary to subterfuge by fellow competitors, there is not a big red X floating in the Gulf of Mexico with an 800-pound blue marlin waiting below. There aren’t any yellow marks for tuna, dolphin or wahoo, either. The water in America’s Ocean is fluid and constantly changing. But there are tools that can give [...]

Foursome, anyone?

By |2021-04-17T15:22:02-05:0004/16/2021|

Big game fishing isn’t the only world-class activity on tap during the 2021 ECBC tournament week. The popular Golf Scramble, sponsored by Hancock Whitney, will be held again on Wednesday, June 23, at The Links Club at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. The 18-hole course plays from 4,897 to 6,710 yards with four [...]


By |2021-03-26T05:13:31-05:0003/26/2021|

Dana and Lisa Foster, a retired couple from Pensacola who love big-game fishing, were running their 52 Cabo Express by themselves when they decided to move up to a 63 Hatteras. Dana was discussing the potential advantages of hiring a professional crew with a friend and Myles Colley’s name came up. Colley had two [...]