Ron Hamlin of the Captain Hook based in Iztapa, Guatemala added another world record to his storied career by releasing 2,809 pacific billfish for the year dating from November 1, 2005 through October 31, 2006. This new record eclipses the old record by more than 50 releases. "I am very fortunate to be able to fish where release numbers like this are possible," said Hamlin speaking about the abundance of Pacific Sailfish in Guatemalan waters.
This accomplishment also concludes a spectacular year for Hamlin and the Captain Hook which saw new world records be established for; most releases in one day with 124, most releases in a consecutive three day period with 300 and most releases in a seven consecutive day period with 508. Hamlin also surpassed the 21,000 mark for billfish caught during his career, which is more than any other captain.
"To have such great success in catching these billfish is a result of tremendous teamwork between my very hard working crew of mates Sammy Baires, Eddie Baires and most recently Brandon Jamenez and all of the anglers who we have had the pleasure to fish with," added Hamlin.
Hamlin a pioneer in circle hook fishing for billfish, caught all of the billfish on circle hooks while breaking the record except for the 190 fish which were caught while fly fishing aboard the Captain Hook. In 118 days of fishing with natural bait, Hamlin caught 2,619 billfish for an average of 22 fish per day while catching 190 billfish on flies in 62 days of fishing. In his career Hamlin has now caught 22,194 billfish.