Chouest caught the blue marlin bug in the Gulf of Mexico in the late 1980s while fishing with his grandfather aboard C'est La Vie, a 55-foot Hatteras, with his brother Dino. In 1988, they chartered Alchemist on a trip to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where they caught five blues, and the die was cast: The aggressive blue marlin on the North Drop hooked Chouest deeply. Chouest was the first angler to release more than 100 blue marlin in a single season, which he did in 1996 on Freedom with Capt. Cujo Brinkmeyer. The team fished the North Drop on the full moons and also targeted marlin in just about every other hot spot in the world: Venezuela, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Hawaii, Cabo San Lucas, Tonga and elsewhere. Chouest's efforts shifted to Patriot in the late 1990s and early 2000s, heading across the Pacific to fish Tonga and other exotic ports of call with Capt. Terry Stansel. Chouest is also one of the few anglers in the world to have released every species of billfish, including both longbill and shortbill spearfish.