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.

Underdog Win

By |2018-06-25T15:25:06-05:0006/25/2018|

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, [...]

Waiting Game

By |2018-06-25T08:10:53-05:0006/22/2018|

The laws of physics cannot be broken. Even though the sleek sportfishers competing in the 2018 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic are fast, many capable of 40 knots or better, they can’t fly. So when you’re more than 100 miles from Destin Pass and being tardy could mean losing out on a six-figure payout, you [...]

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