Capt. Ron Hamlin pioneered the use of specially prepared baits that would stand up to higher trolling speeds during his time in St. Thomas, a practice that soon became the standard for boats targeting blue marlin along the North Drop. He was also one of the first Americans to fish the pristine billfish grounds off Venezuela and also developed the circle hook as the standard for the prolific sailfish waters in Guatemala, a practice that has now spread around the world and led to a vast decrease in post-release billfish mortality. An inductee into the IGFA Captains Hall of Fame, Hamlin's contributions to the sport are indeed numerous. He currently has over 27,000 billfish releases to his credit and is seeking to top 30,000 in the next season or two.