First Blue Marlin Ever Weighed at Hurricane Hole at Louisiana Gulf Coast Billfish Classic Tournament

This past week, we were a proud sponsor of live streaming at the Louisiana Gulf Coast Billfish Classic, where history was made! The first blue marlin ever weighed at Hurricane Hole marina came into scales on the last day of the tournament on HOOKS DEEP. This is a classic story of persistence and determination, as team Hooks Deep had already …

2022 Gulf Coast Masters

This month, we’re a proud sponsor of the 2022 Gulf Coast Masters taking place in Orange Beach, Alabama May 23rd-29th, run by tournament director Robbie Carter and his awesome team! This year, the tournament is also part of the recently formed “Sport Fishing Championship” (SFC), and will be the very first tournament of the series televised live on CBS Sports. …

Release Boatworks 43′ Walkaround

The Release Boatworks 43′ Walkaround is truly a unique sportfish. Offering 360 degrees of access to the water for anglers and ease of maneuverability for any owner or captain, this battlewagon also provides the creature comforts of a custom sportfishing yacht, including berthing for three in a surprisingly spacious cabin for her size. Her clean lines carry on the tradition …

You’re Invited to Jimmy Johnson’s Atlantic City Championship Fishing Week

20 DAYS until Jimmy Johnson’s Atlantic City Championship Fishing Week! As a proud sponsor, we’d like to invite you to join us for the Release Boatworks Kick-Off Party on Monday, July 12th at the Golden Nugget where we’ll have a mobile cigar lounge at the Release Boatworks & Gamefisherman tent! So far, 69 teams are registered for Jimmy Johnson’s inaugural …

IGFA Adopts New Language for Electric Reels

The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) recently announced that it is adopting new language to the organization’s rules pertaining to the use of power-driven reels, most commonly referred to as “electric reels.” These reels have become increasingly popular in recent years, especially within the recreational swordfish fishery. To preface the new language outlined in detail below, the IGFA would like to stress …

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 …

2020 Big Rock Tournament: Coronavirus Update

The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament Board of Directors is hopeful that coronavirus conditions improve in time for the 62nd annual event. The tournament will take place as scheduled June 8th-13th, but has determined an alternative tournament week as July 5th-12th, 2020. Their concern remains the health and safety of their staff, volunteers and participants and as a result, they …