Pat Ford’s Vigilance and Ron Hamlin’s Sternness Pay Off For a White Marlin Record on Fly

Photo Credit: Pat Ford Here’s the story behind one of many of Pat Ford’s IGFA fly-fishing records for white marlin, as told by Release Boatworks founder Jim Turner. Yesterday my friends Herb Rosell, Chris Sheeder and I were able to spend the day peacock bass fishing on the “world famous” E-Lake in Miami. We were hosted by our friend Pat …

Why a Walkaround is Better Than a Center Console

In years past, fishing teams may have sacrificed creature comforts to opt for a center console over a traditional sportfish due to the 360 degrees of fishability and speed, but with advancements in design and materials, walkaround sportfish have become the most in-demand fishing platform on the market. These days, Release Boatworks is here to make sure you don’t have …

FLIBS 2020 Will Resume, With Modifications

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), a decades-old event that supports the city’s multibillion-dollar marine industry, got the green light from Broward County commissioners this week. Despite COVID-19, the Commissioner stated, “I believe the show is needed now more than ever. It is extremely vital.” The region’s marine industry, the Marine Industries Association of South Florida says, generates 111,000 …

IGFA 2020 Tommy Gifford Award

On October 29, 2020, the IGFA will bestow the prestigious Tommy Gifford Award upon five recipients in recognition of their extraordinary contributions to the advancement of sport fishing through innovation, outstanding catches or noteworthy examples of leadership in their trade. The Tommy Gifford Award is named for one of the greatest saltwater charter skippers of all time and recipients are selected through …

Production Update: 46’ Release Boatworks “Showtime”

If you’ve been following along on Instagram or Facebook, you know that there’s a highly anticipated boat that will be splashing very soon- 46’ Release Boatworks “Showtime”. As of today, the engineering is complete, the hull is freshly painted, the tower is beautifully welded and ready at Palm Beach Towers, and the teak helm pod, cabinetry, and trim are well …

IGFA World Record Requirements: Know Before You Go

As you may know, Release Boatworks is the founding member of the Boat Builders For Billfish Coalition which supports the International Gamefish Association (IGFA). In the sportfishing industry, it is an elite honor to have an IGFA World Record in the books, but it is definitely not easy. Not only is finding a world record fish a lifetime goal that takes …

IGFA Great Marlin Race

As you may know, Release Boatworks is the founding member of the Boat Builders For Billfish Coalition, and we strive to generate support for the IGFA Great Marlin Race (IGMR), the world’s most extensive billfish satellite tagging program.   We believe in supporting the study of billfish populations and migration patterns to ensure a strong future in the sportfishing industry for years to …

Boat Builders For Billfish Coalition

In 2019, Release Boatworks partnered with The International Gamefish Association (IGFA) as the founding member of the Boat Builders For Billfish Coalition. The Boat Builders for Billfish Coalition is an industry-led alliance to generate support for the IGFA Great Marlin Race (IGMR), the world’s most extensive billfish satellite tagging program.   The IGFA established the Boat Builders for Billfish Coalition to create a …