I’m a third-generation Floridian and a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications/Journalism. I’ve had the good fortune to turn my passion for the sea and its inhabitants into an exciting and fulfilling career.
For seven years, I served as managing editor of both Sport Fishing and Marlin magazines before focusing exclusively on Marlin. My 25-year tenure there introduced me to the beautiful and thrilling sport of offshore big-game fishing while taking me to some of the best saltwater fishing holes in the world.
I started and directed the offshore fishing school Marlin University, and have fished in almost every corner of Florida and in some of the most remote places in the world, all in pursuit of interesting and informative stories and spectacular images. Along with hosting Chevy Florida Insider Fishing Report and Texas Insider Fishing Report with Capt. Rick and Brie, I continue to work as a freelance outdoor writer/photographer.
•Host, Florida Insider Fishing Report (2004-Present); Texas Insider Fishing Report (2017-Present)
•BS Journalism/Communications, UCF, Orlando (1982-89)
•Managing editor Sport Fishing magazine (1992-1999)
•Editor Marlin magazine (1992-2016)
•Founder and director Marlin University (2001-2016)
•Freelance outdoor writer/photographer
“It’s safe to say Dave has probably reviewed more saltwater fishing products in both print and television than any other outdoor communicator. His Rigs & Techniques and New Product Showcase segments on our Insider Reports are viewer favorites. ~Capt. Rick Murphy