Please welcome Capt. Dave Lear who will be covering the event and posting photos each day. 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.
Keep in mind that official scores will not be posted until after 9PM each day. ALL APPS, REAL TIME SCORING, TWITTER INFORMATION AND WEB CAM WEIGH INS ARE FOR ENTERTAINMENT VALUE ONLY! We are welcoming back Tournament Control to score our event and as the rules state teams won’t actually earn points until they turn their scorecard in (on time) and it is accepted by tournament staff.
Pirate's Cove Billfish Tournament News
Point Runner was on point all week long. The 60-foot Guthrie charter boat based at the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center led the 2017 Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament from start to finish with 20 white marlin releases and the top tuna prize. Captain and owner Chris Kubik, Capt. Lucas Jolly, mate Scotty Simpson and the experienced […]Read More
So much for a slow bite. The billfish apparently got the memo that Friday was the last day of fishing for the 2017 PCBT. Because they were chewin’ yet again for the 46 boats trolling the Gulf Stream. Another 75 were brought to leader, including 16 blue marlin, 25 sails and 34 whites. For the […]Read More
Friday afternoon won’t get here soon enough for a handful of boats entered in the 2017 PCBT. That’s when lines will officially come out of the water and several with chewed fingernails are hoping their scores won’t be toppled in the interim. Chief among them is Capt. Chris Kubik and the crew aboard Point Runner, […]Read More
Professional sports teams always appreciate being on their home fields. The players are familiar with the nuances of the stadium or park, plus there’s extra motivation having the fans cheering every move, too. Better home records are the typical result. Teams competing on the big-game tournament circuit are no different. Captains with local knowledge can […]Read More
Along the stretch of barrier islands that comprise the Outer Banks, rarely will you hear praise for a hurricane. Yet that was the case today as the 45 boats fishing (34 opted to lay) rode the big swells offshore, finding plenty of cooperative white and blue marlin, plus sailfish along the way. A total of […]Read More
There’s not a casino within 20 miles of Manteo, but that’s not stopping 79 boats from rolling the dice tonight. On the eve of the inaugural day fishing in the 2017 Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament, crews are pouring over satellite charts and chatting quietly among inner circles, trying to come up with game plans on […]Read More