Team Relentless, with Captain Paul Ross at the helm, released a record 30 sails to take the trophy as overall champion of the Islamorada Sailfish Tournament that ended Dec. 7.
Relentless anglers included Fenton Langston of Key Largo, Fla., Jimmy Hendrix of Tavernier, Fla., and Debbie and Jimmy David of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
For guiding the team to the championship, Ross earned top captain honors.
"It was so calm, we were sight-fishing from the tuna tower the first day, then Saturday the wind shifted to bring Spanish sardines in from the deep gulf," Ross said. "The sails were right behind them."
"We were on them just at the right time, before most other boats," he added.
Second place overall went to George McElveen's team on the Reel McCoy out of Islamorada. Florida teammates Larry Amyotte of Silver Springs, Sean Smith of Pompano Beach, John Watson from Plantation and Islamorada's Robert Collins released a total of 26 sailfish.
XXX's Reggie Rodriquez of Coral Gables, Fla., beat out Jimmy David for high-point angler honors. The two were tied at 11 releases, but Rodriquez posted an earlier time and won the title.
Together with Rodriquez, fellow XXX anglers Max Tower of Miami and Fulton Ivy of Key Largo won for most tagged fish at nine. They fished with Captain J.C. Cleare of Miami and earned third place overall in the tournament.
Relentless' tally of 30 released fish was a tournament record for a single boat. Overall, the tournament's 93 anglers released 406 sailfish.