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Conservative Shift

January 25, 2017; Biloxi, Mississippi: The Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic, one of the premier big-game fishing tournaments in the world, today announced the decision to increase the minimum length requirement for blue marlin to 107 inches for its June event. Eligible fish must measure at least 107 inches from the tip of the lower [...]

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En Garde!

January 06, 2017; Biloxi, Mississippi: By Capt. Dave Lear In the sport of fencing, En Garde is the French warning for participants to be on their guard and ready for action. But for the contestants suiting up for the 2017 Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic June 5-11, this notice also represents the tip of the [...]

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Spreading the Wealth

June 13, 2016; Biloxi, Mississippi: By Capt. Dave Lear It was the ideal formula for success. With 81 of the top boats in the sport, more than $1.7 million dollars at stake and excellent fishing combined with perfect weather, the prize money had to be spread out. That’s exactly what happened as multiple teams pocketed [...]

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Blue and Yellow

June 12, 2016; Biloxi, Mississippi: By Capt. Dave Lear It was a mixed palette of blues, yellows and silver Saturday against the backdrop of a rosy pink sunset. But mainly it was blue and yellow as six more blue marlin were brought to the scales along with a freezer-full of yellowfin tuna. Fishing for the [...]

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Extended Family

June 11, 2016; Biloxi, Mississippi: By Capt. Dave Lear For 20 years, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic has been a family affair. The tournament committee and volunteers have pitched in to help organize the event, write the rules, sell merchandise, man the weigh scales, haul fish and generally do whatever it takes to stage [...]

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Hot Start

June 10, 2016; Biloxi, Mississippi: By Capt. Dave Lear When four out of the first six fish weighed for the 2016 Classic all top the previous year’s overall category winners, it’s not just a good start. It’s a red hot, three alarm, burnt to the crisp sizzler and the 80 boats still fishing have nearly [...]

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