Big-game pioneer and legendary billfish skipper Captain Ron Hamlin will soon end his long and storied career as a charter boat captain, taking the helm of the Release Boatworks fractional ownership program where he will continue to chase his 30,000th billfish release.
Release Boatworks is a custom builder started by Jim Turner, who also owns Casa Vieja Lodge, one of the big-game fishing world’s top lodges, located in the billfish-rich waters of Guatemala. Release Boatworks builds game boats in three sizes, 34, 43 and 46 feet. The first boat will be unveiled at the Miami Boat Show in February of 2012.
Hamlin will run a brand new Release as part of a fractional ownership arrangement, with approximately four shares available. Turner will own one share — he and Hamlin will manage the boat and the operation — and the boat will fish the eastern Pacific from Mexico to Panama and the hotspots of the Caribbean Sea on a rotating basis.
“Our thoughts are to put together a multi-year program so the boat is in the world’s best destinations at the best times of the year,” Turner says. “Obviously you can’t fish them all in one season so we’ll rotate around different areas, many of which Ron has not only fished but also pioneered. This is a tremendous opportunity for a very select group of owners to have at their disposal not only a brand new game boat but also one of the world’s legendary captains.”
Capt. Ron Hamlin has made many contributions to offshore sport fishing over his career as a captain, He 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.
Hamlin 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 more than 27,000 billfish releases to his credit and is seeking to top 30,000 in the next season or two.
For those who wish to book a few days of charter fishing with Hamlin before he retires, Turner says that a few dates remain open for his final season in 2011 out of the world-famous Casa Vieja Lodge in Guatemala. Visit www.casaviejalodge.com for more information on fishing in Guatemala.
To learn more about the Release Boatworks fractional ownership opportunity, contact Jim Turner at 305-854-4665 or via email at [email protected]. To view the Release Boatworks line of custom sportfishing vessels, visit www.releaseboatworks.com.