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
There’s nothing like first impressions. With a bite as hot as the blazing summer temperatures, the 33rd annual Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament kicked off with a thunderclap as the first day’s action drew to a close Tuesday night. Legacy, a 58 Sullivan owned by Blake Franklin with Capt. Jordan Croswait at the helm, put on […]Read More
With an approaching full moon, plenty of bait around and roving packs of sailfish, the game plans are already in place. Many of the 72 boats fishing the 33rd annual Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament are hoping to strike fast to rack up release points once fishing gets underway. With all billfish releases scoring equal points, […]Read More
Blues and white are typically the most popular apparel colors at the majority of big game tournaments. But the Alice Kelly Memorial Billfish Tournament is not your typical fishing event. Which is why boats, blouses, skirts and costumes were adorned in multi shades of pink here Saturday night as 92 teams registered for Sunday’s contest. […]Read More
August 15, 2015; Manteo, North Carolina: By Capt. Dave Lear In the end their lead proved to be insurmountable. After jumping ahead on Thursday, Sea I Sea held off several challengers to win top honors in this week’s 32nd Annual Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament. The Viking 66, run by Capt. Rob Mahoney and owned by […]Read More
August 14, 2015; Manteo, North Carolina: By Capt. Dave Lear Uno Mas, as it turned out, needed cinco mas. On the last day of the 2015 Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament, Uno Mas, a 68 Bayliss skippered by Capt. Tommy Lynskey, made a late charge at the standings by releasing five white marlin. The team had […]Read More
August 13, 2015; Manteo, North Carolina: By Capt. Dave Lear Fishing wasn’t on fire in today’s 2015 Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament, but it wasn’t smoldering, either. Several boats did some serious fin-whippin’ and set personal marks, while others held their own against a very talented field of contestants. It all comes down to the final […]Read More