About Capt. Dave Lear

Stay up to date with tournament news and standings. Our featured author, 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.
25 Aug 2019

Underdog Win

By |2020-03-29T12:11:11-05:00August 25, 2019|

It was an improbable outcome for the week. Evelyn Kennedy, one of the smaller boats competing in the 16th Annual Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament, released three billfish on Saturday to [...]

20 Aug 2019

Good Causes

By |2020-03-29T12:11:30-05:00August 20, 2019|

The focus obviously is on fishing. Really good fishing, typically, with a hot white marlin bite and stiff competition. But the Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament is more than double-headers, great [...]

25 Aug 2018

Want Not

By |2020-03-29T12:13:29-05:00August 25, 2018|

It was game on Saturday as the 80 boats fishing the 15th annual VBBT took advantage of a hot bite and racked up the points with multiple release after [...]

24 Aug 2018

Friday Flurry

By |2020-03-29T12:13:32-05:00August 24, 2018|

With the fleet scattered and reports filtering in, at first glance it seemed slow for the initial day of competition in 15th annual VBBT. All 80 boats entered opted [...]

23 Aug 2018

Arctic Blast?

By |2020-03-29T12:13:36-05:00August 23, 2018|

Putting August and Arctic in the same context is hard to fathom. Especially after the crazy, rainy summer of 2018 with extended periods of sweltering heat and humidity. But [...]

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