Native of Dallas, Texas, Captain Clay Hensley has been gallivanting around the world, catching giant marlin since the mid 1980s. Clay’s resume includes big fish, big money tournament finishes, and experience running boats in many of the world’s premier big game destinations. Hensley’s career as a professional began in 1984, mating on his father’s boat, the Beastmaster, as it travelled from St. Thomas, to Venezuela, the Bahamas, and Mexico.
In the early 1990s, Clay ran a petrochemical supply distribution business in Venezuela. The location provided him the ability to fish on the weekends, before ultimately selling the business and beginning his career as a full time captain. In 1996 he relocated to Madeira and wasted little time in establishing himself as one of the world’s best big fish captains. In Madeira, Clay weighed one grander and released 12 others estimated to be over 1,000 pounds—including two in a single day.
In 2001, Captain Hensley relocated to Ghana in search of more grander blue marlin. He weighed two more fish above the magical 1,000 pound mark and caught four world records—including the women’s all tackle marks for yellowfin and bigeye tuna. Clay also fished a season off the west African island of Bom Bom. In addition to Madeira, Ghana, and Bom Bom, Hensley has fished the Great Barrier Reef, Cape Verde, Ascension Island, Brazil, Nova Scotia, Hawaii, Panama, Costa Rica, and more.
Clay’s tournament resume includes more than $4,000,000 in prize money from some of the biggest competitions around. As a freelance captain, Hensley has won money in the Poco Bueno (Texas), Bisbee’s Black and Blue (Cabo), and the Billfish Extreme Relese League (a series previously aired on ESPN). In addition to releasing 15 grander marlin, weighing three others, catching a 1,018 pound bluefin tuna, claiming six world records, and winning more than $4 million while tournament fishing, Clay Hensley has released more than 2,500 blue marlin.
Currently Captain Clay Hensley can be found at the helm of the Chupacabra, an exquisitely appointed 64’ Hatteras that is available for charter around the Los Cabos region of Mexico.