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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, [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Countdown

April 11, 2017; Biloxi, Mississippi: By Capt. Dave Lear The countdown has begun. With less than two months before the start of the 2017 Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic the hook files are out, fresh line is going on reels and the gaffs are ready. If advance dock buzz is a barometer, this year’s event [...]

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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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