It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of fishing legend Captain Ron Hamlin over the weekend. His fishing career spanned decades and continents. His exploits in the early days of Venezuela are the thing of legend. Hamlin then travelled to Guatemala where he would be instrumental in popularizing circle hook use. Hamlin was recognized far and wide– by The Billfish, the IGFA and others. He was the first captain to reach the 20,000 billfish mark. His career and the legacy he leaves behind influenced the many he fished with. His work on popularizing the circle hook greatly decreased billfish release mortality– something that we can all be thankful for. InTheBite’s condolences are with Hamlin’s family.