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Capt. Jen Copeland
Senior Editor of Marlin magazine, Copeland is a 20-plus-year marine-industry professional who recently completed her tenure as captain of Three Cs, a 50-foot Viking in North Key Largo, Florida. She has been the lead on two new boat builds, the project manager of many refits, and possesses a genuine love for sportboats and fishing. Having worked as a dockmaster, deckhand, captain, assistant tournament director, freelance writer and copy editor, Copeland still fishes competitively for sailfish in her home waters of South Florida and for big-game wherever her travels might take her.
Capt. Doug Covin
A second generation captain, Doug grew up aboard his father’s charter boat at the famed Bud n Mary’s marina in Islamorada. Doug began working as a mate on some of the top tournament boats traveling year round. He started captaining boats in 2000 and can frequently be found backing down on fish anywhere from St. Thomas to Alabama to New Jersey. A previous Hatterascal captain, a Bahamas Billfish Championship winner, and a three time Billfish Foundation release award winner, Doug now lives and runs a corporate boat out of Palm Beach.
Co-owner of L&H Sportfishing in Miami, Florida, Debbi and her husband, Capt. Jimmy David, have three extremely fishy children, each of whom are accomplished fishermen in their own right. Debbi grew up in South Florida and has been fishing ever since childhood in some of the best billfish destinations the world has to offer— South Florida, Oregon Inlet, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Isla Mujeres, St. Thomas, Cape Verde, and Hawaii—and continues to be a tournament angler to be reckoned with, seemingly immune to the stressors of a competitive arena, racking up numerous tournament victories in her favor.
Capt. Laurel David
Laurel was born and raised in South Florida into a fishy family. In that time she has acquired 5 world records as a junior angler, multiple tournament victories as well as top female and top junior angler awards in addition to recently completing her 100 ton master captain's license. She has traveled to many places hunting billfish from Miami & Ft Lauderdale to Kona Hawaii, Cape Verde, Guatemala, Ocean City MD, The Great Barrier Reef, The Bahamas, Oregon Inlet, and Magdalena Bay.
Capt. Brad Goodrich
Based out of Islamorada in the Florida Keys, Goodrich has been a full-time freelance captain and crew member for over 15 years, which has allowed him the opportunity to fish and work side by side with some of the best tournament teams and owners in some of the best fishing locales on the planet, helping to mold him into a world-class team player and teacher. From grunts to granders, or from novice anglers to the most experienced fishermen around, Goodrich makes learning the art of angling both challenging and fun; he is also one of our most tournament-winning instructors at Marlin U.
Capt. Bo Jenyns
Born into a fishing family in Brisbane, Australia, his father, Capt. Ron Jenyns, won nine consecutive Australian sailing championships, represented Australia at three Olympic Games, and was a pioneer of the Great Barrier Reef black marlin fishery. Since he was 16 years old, Bo’s father has taught him everything he knows about marlin fishing, prompting him to spend his next 17 years on the Reef. He’s traveled the world’s finest big-game fishing grounds, including Ghana, Madeira, Kona, Bermuda, Mexico, Cape Hatteras, and the US Gulf Coast in search of giant marlin, catching nearly 2,000 marlin and weighing many granders.
Capt. Andrew Kennedy
Like many offshore-fishing careers that begin on the charter docks, Kennedy’s began at the famed Bahia Mar in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Known to his friends as “Sheepdog,” his discipline, reliable reputation and relentless work ethic quickly propelled him from the charter sector to the private sector, where he excelled at tournament fishing, especially. Working around the world—the Azores, Bahamas, Bermuda, Costa Rica, Hawaii and Mexico to name a few—Kennedy developed a set of skills that any fisherman would admire, including those that encompass light-tackle, world-record fishing as well as heavy-tackle trolling. His biggest heavy-tackle accomplishment? A 1,075-pound blue marlin he captured in the Azores.
Tyler “Squid” Morris
Based in Palm Beach, Florida, born and raised in the Florida Keys, Morris grew up charter fishing with his dad, Capt. David Morris, out of Bud ‘N Mary’s Marina in Islamorada. Fishing is in his blood: Morris’ mother landed a 500-pound blue marlin when she was 7-months pregnant with him. He started washing boats in elementary school; enamored by them, and the fish they brought in, he has learned from some of the Keys’ greatest, such as Capts. Alex Adler, Paul Ross and Scott Stanczyk. Morris started tournament fishing at age 11 and has since traveled the world marlin fishing up and down the Atlantic seaboard, in Bermuda, Cape Verde, Australia, St. Thomas, and the Bahamas. “Be fast, they don’t bite all day!” is his credo and enjoys passing on the skills and knowledge of his lifelong passion in a fun and upbeat way.
Capt. Robert “Fly” Navarro
Thanks to his unrelenting passion for big-game fishing, Navarro has fished all over the world both as captain and mate and has amassed a considerable amount of experience while doing so. Navarro became intimately knowledgeable of the Caribbean waters, especially those of the famed North Drop in the Virgin Islands, while working as a longtime deckhand on the 80-foot Merritt, Reel Tight. He is the front man for the Fly Zone Fishing brand and is also the tournament director for many offshore-fishing tournaments, including the contest of all contests, the Blue Marlin World Cup Championship.
Touted as perhaps the best wireman today, Charles Perry has been fishing since he was 6 years old. His father taught him to hunt and traded Sunday school for fishing; they didn’t catch anything they didn’t clean or shoot anything they didn’t eat. After spending some time in Australia on leave during his service in Vietnam, he returned in 1973, and the rest is history. Both tenacious and focused, Perry fought big blacks on the leader just as hard as the anglers did from the chair. He says that even with all the fish he’s seen, that it’s the camaraderie that really makes fishing worthwhile, and “nothing is better than hanging out with a bunch of people who love the same things you do.”
A Palm Beach County native who is currently completing her Master's degree in Florida studies from the University of South Florida at St. Petersburg, Ricca’s experience on the water is wide-ranging, from working on drift boats, private sport-fishermen and center-consoles to fly-fishing, live-baiting, and drift-fishing for sailfish. She’s also worked the legendary Silver Sailfish Derby for multiple years and has fished numerous KDW tournaments. While she holds a Bachelor’s degree in fine art, Ricca is also an accomplished fly-fisherman and artist, known for her oil paintings of old-Florida scenes as well as inshore and offshore fishes.
Editor-in-Chief of Marlin magazine, White grew up offshore fishing in southeastern North Carolina and the famed Outer Banks before moving to Florida’s Gulf Coast in 2002 to continue the pursuit of his two biggest passions: fishing and writing. An avid tournament angler, he’s won several events in Mexico and Central America, and his love of travel has taken him to some of the most far-flung big-game locations this planet has to offer, including Myanmar, Cape Verde and the islands of the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Capt. Peter Zabinski Jr.
In 1981, Zabinski started fishing with his dad and brother in the Abacos, Bahamas. Twenty-one years later, his career as a professional freelance captain and mate has led him to the corners of the world most only dream of. Throughout his travels to the Caribbean, Bermuda, Central America, Mexico and the Azores, Zabinski has been privy to many tournament wins and world records, including five on fly: Men’s 8-pound tippet Pacific blue marlin, men’s 8-pound tippet striped marlin, women’s 16-pound tippet Pacific blue, women’s 4-pound Pacific sailfish and women’s 2-pound tippet Pacific sail. He feels extremely fortunate to have a career that he loves, because he believes, “if you really enjoy what you do, then it’s not really a job.”