Dave Ferrell has traveled the world’s oceans during his 17-year history with Marlin magazine, conveying the beauty and excitement of big-game fishing through his writing and photography.
He is a third-generation Florida native and a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a degree in journalism. He left his position at Sport Fishing magazine four years ago to focus his attention on Marlin full time, and although he still likes to chase the odd snook or redfish in the skinny water, his true love lies in the pursuit of blue-water big game.
Peter Wright grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and began working on charter fishing boats out of Hillsboro Inlet while in grade school. From age 11 through high school and college he fished on weekends and vacations, and first fished in the Bahamas with Capt. John Whitmer at age 11. He fished many marlin tournaments in the Bahamas. In 1967 Wright visited the Antarctic collecting cephalopods (squid and octopus) on a research vessel of the United States Antarctic Research Program. He first fished off the Great Barrier Reef in 1968 and fished every season in Cairns, Australia from 1967 to 2009. He co-owned and operated a charter boat in Kona, Hawaii for five years. He currently resides in Stuart, Florida. As a captain Wright has caught more marlin over 1,000 pounds than any captain or angler in history, has won dozens of tournaments and set numerous world and national records. These include the Australian men's record 1,442 pound black marlin on 130-pound line, and women's 80-pound-class World and Australian record of 1,323 pounds. He held the Bahamas bluefin tuna record of 972 pounds and guided angler Stewart Campbell to a single day's record of 73 giant tuna. He is currently Editor at Large for Marlin magazine, and is lead instructor at "Marlin University." Wright was inducted into the Cairns Fishing Hall of Fame and the International Game Fishing Hall of fame in 2007. To date he is the only living captain in the IGFA Hall Of Fame.
At 62 years young, Charles Perry just might be the best leaderman in the world today. And with good reason; he's been at it since he was 6 years old when his father used to drag him out of church to go fishing on Sundays. "My father was 55 when I was born, so we kind of had a grandfather/grandson relationship; he took me everywhere with him and taught me how to hunt and fish from the very beginning. We didn't catch anything we didn't clean and didn't shoot anything we didn't eat."
Perry caught the sport-fishing bug after spending some R&R time in Australia during his service in Vietnam. "I found out where the fishing was and came back in 1972, riding my unicycle up the highway to Cairns. I missed the season but came back the next year and caught a bunch over 1,000 pounds. That's when I really got into the fishing game. And since I was catching them with throttle jockeys like Capt. Peter Wright, every fish was an adventure. Back then I really fought them on the leader as much as the angler did on rod and reel. But when you're young and strong, you really love that stuff. I'm not any better or any more famous than anybody else; I've just outlived everybody."
Even with all the fish he's seen, Perry says it's the people who really make fishing worthwhile. "The people you meet and make friends with are truly a priceless part of big-game fishing. Don't get me wrong; the fishing is great - and I love to catch them - but the real joy is hanging out with a bunch of people who love the same things that you do."
Bo Jenyns was born into a fishing family in Brisbane, Australia. His legendary father, Captain Ron Jenyns, won nine consecutive Australian sailing Championships, represented Australia at three Olympic Games, and was one of the pioneers of the Great Barrier Reef black marlin fishery. He took Bo to the Reef for the first time when Bo was 16 and taught him everything he knew about marlin fishing. Bo continued to hone his skills over the next 17 seasons on the Reef including five times as part of Marlin University.
In addition to the Great Barrier Reef, Bo has traveled the world’s big game fishing grounds in such places as Ghana, Madeira, Kona, Bermuda, Mexico, Hatteras, and the Gulf Coast in search of giant marlin. Bo has been fortunate to fish with some of the best captains and crews in the world including Darren “Biggs&rquo; Haydon, Clay Hensley, Darren Isaacs, Dean Butler, Bill and Greg Edwards, Jason Holtz, Jarad “Dingo&rquo; Boshammer, Frank Kogolegbah, Dave Cassa, Jason “Tiny&rquo; Walcott, Billy Fairburn, Ricky Jones, Dana Boardman, Russ Housby, Johnny Uhr, Momi Bean, Joe Crawford, Tim Richardson and Bill “BC&rquo; Crawford.
During his career Bo has caught over 1,900 marlin, weighed numerous granders, released even more, been involved with 10 World Records, and was recognized as Top Mate of the Year by Marlin magazine in 2008.
Bo moved to South Florida in 2009 to be more centrally located and is available to help those who want to be sure they have the best chance of landing the fish of a lifetime.