Capt. Dave Lear’s PCBT Blog

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

Hello Gert!

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 […]

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Rolling the Dice

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 […]

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Two More

The numbers just kept adding up. When the final lines out was called on Friday afternoon, Uno Mas had scored more fish. Two more, in fact, than its closest rivals, giving this veteran team the overall win in the 33rd annual Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament. Owner/angler Brooks Smith was named the top tournament angler and […]

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Triumph and Tragedy

A brief snippet of radio chatter on the booming Tournament Control VHF channel after lines out summed up the last day in the 2016 PCBT perfectly: Tournament Control (Capt. Marty Brill): “I wonder what the record is for overall fish for Pirate’s Cove?” First boat answer: “I can’t remember yesterday.” Second boat answer: “I want […]

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Artistic Eye

With the majority of the fleet electing to stay in port, compounded by thunderstorms, the bite was a little off on Thursday, the next to last day of the 2016 Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament. Still, a total of 77 billfish were wired and released, including 54 sailfish, 20 whites and three blue marlin. Sea Toy, […]

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The Great Equalizer

The pace is fast in the Gulf Stream. Bait follows current, billfish follow bait and when the skilled crews fishing the 33rd annual Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament find those billfish, double and triple fireworks often follow. Which is exactly what happened on Wednesday, the second leg in this week-long event, as the 53 boats fishing […]

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Heather Maxwell
Pirates Cove Billfish Tournaments Tournament Director
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