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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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Perfect Recognition

June 1, 2016; Biloxi, Mississippi: By Capt. Dave Lear When the tournament fleet returns to the weigh scales next Friday and Saturday, contestants and spectators alike probably won’t notice the little pop-up tent located behind some sponsor booths. Yet next to the seawall, a team of fisheries biologists will be busy conducting important research, led [...]

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A Work of Art Strikes Early Gold

May 2, 2016; Biloxi, Mississippi: The Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic is just over a month away, but one registered contestant has already won big. A Work of Art, a 92-foot Viking owned by Art Favre of Orange Beach, Alabama, was the Golden Opportunity winner in a drawing held May 1 at the host facility, [...]

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Opening Round

April 4, 2016; Biloxi, Mississippi: By Capt. Dave Lear It won’t be long now. The Gulf thermometer is creeping steadily upward. The Loop Current is doing its thing, shoving and pushing eddies and rips. Bait is massing and on cue brawny marlin, chunky tuna and electric dolphin and wahoo are rocketing into the mix. The [...]

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Signed, Sealed and Delivered

June 8, 2015; Biloxi, Mississippi: By Capt. Dave Lear Eighteen-year-old Katie Gonsoulin and her team aboard Done Deal were the big winners of the 2015 Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic after weighing the largest blue marlin, a 587.3-pounder, late Saturday evening. The crew took home a check for $236,050 after the Sunday morning awards ceremony [...]

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Done Good

June 7, 2015; Biloxi, Mississippi: By Capt. Dave Lear Two times is the now the charm. For the second year in a row, the top blue marlin in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic was captured by a lady angler. Eighteen-year-old Katie Gonsoulin of Houma, Louisiana, outlasted a 587.3-pound blue marlin after a fight lasting [...]

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Size Matters

June 6, 2015; Biloxi, Mississippi: By Capt. Dave Lear With only hours of fishing remaining in the 2015 Mississippi Gulf Coast Blue Marlin Classic, anticipation grows by the minute. Reports of a strong bite Thursday afternoon and throughout the day Friday show a tally of 20 billfish released so far. Five boats have boated blue [...]

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Behind the Scenes

April 30, 2013; Biloxi, Mississippi: By Capt. Dave Lear Long before the fleet of sport-fishing yachts motor offshore in search of winning fish, the docks at Biloxi’s Point Cadet Marina are a flurry of activity. Reels are spooled, drags tested, hooks sharpened and provisions loaded aboard. Amid the hustle and bustle a hard-working crew delivers [...]

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Triple Play

June 8, 2014; Biloxi, Mississippi: By Capt. Dave Lear Three big blue marlin dominated the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic leaderboard this week as the 2014 event drew to a close. But in the end, it was the first one weighed that earned the biggest share of the $1.1 million in prize money. Angler Deb [...]

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