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.

Name Game

By |2020-01-30T07:15:08-06:0001/30/2020|

My wife and I have a good-natured debate whenever we buy paint at the home-improvement store. I question how they decide the esoteric names for colors that border on primary. She, on the other hand, assures me that taupe really is a different shade than tan. At that point I usually shut up and wander [...]

Lucky Charms

By |2019-10-28T18:50:24-05:0010/28/2019|

Whether it’s skill or serendipity, some anglers are just lucky. Long-time tourney regular Leon Edwards always had good vibes. The owner of Lucky 2 has countless monsters on his ledger, including a 1,046-pound “grander” blue, the largest marlin ever caught in Florida. But he’s not alone. We checked in with some other teams to learn [...]

Timely Win

By |2019-06-25T12:04:46-05:0006/24/2019|

Sunday night couldn’t come soon enough for Nick Pratt and the crew aboard It Just Takes Time, a 62 Viking based in Orange Beach, Alabama. After weighing a 574-pound blue marlin on Saturday night, the crew had to wait it out to see if any other qualifiers would make it to the scales Sunday. None [...]

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