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Aries Earns Top Honors

By Capt. Dave Lear June 12, 2017; Biloxi, Mississippi: Aries is the first sign in zodiac astrology and is associated with energy and fire. Those traits also apply to Team Aries, which earned the top tournament award in the 2017 Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic that finished Sunday morning. Owner/captain Russell Craft, mate Hollis Legg, angler Jeff Friedman and family members Jason, Matthew and Darin [...]

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Fast and Furious

By Capt. Dave Lear June 11, 2017; Biloxi, Mississippi: Blame it on a wet spring, the absentee Loop Current or the usual scapegoat El Nino. Whatever the case, many long-time Gulf anglers agree the start of the 2017 big-game season has been slow to develop. All that changed, however, as fishing in the MGCBC ended Saturday night. Favorable weather, the full moon and a record [...]

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Thrust, Parry and Salvo

By Capt. Dave Lear June 9, 2017; Biloxi, Mississippi: The first round of fights are over. The outcome on many more is yet to be decided. The weigh scales at the Point Cadet Marina were christened Friday night as four noteworthy billfish were weighed. The first two broke the existing Mississippi record for swordfish—75 pounds—only to be eclipsed a short time later by a sizable [...]

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Team Effort

By Capt. Dave Lear June 9, 2017; Biloxi, Mississippi: Offshore, the action is underway with several swordfish and at least two blue marlin boated amongst the 120 teams competing in the 2017 MGCBC. Scales open at 3 p.m. on Friday and stay open until 8. They re-open again at the same time on Saturday and all boats with fish to weigh must be in by [...]

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Big Guns

By Capt. Dave Lear June 8, 2017; Biloxi, Mississippi: As the 120 boats in this year’s Classic plot a course deep into the iridescent blue depths of the Gulf, a certain expression bears repeating: The more things change, the more they remain the same. Adding the swordfish division this year and the chance for a six-figure payout for the largest broadbill breaking the Mississippi record [...]

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Swordplay

By Capt. Dave Lear June 7, 2017, Biloxi, Mississippi: Stacks of hundred dollar bills are still being carefully counted as the bets add to the growing pot. Yet even as registration for the 2017 Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic draws to a close, this much is apparent—come Thursday morning 120 boats will blast off in search of fame and a hefty payout with over two [...]

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