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Captain Ron Hamlin, inducted into the Big Game Room Hall of Fame

Ron Hamlin’s devotion to the sport of Big Game Fishing along with his conservation and education efforts has earned him the 2007 Miami International Boat Show Big Game Room Fishing Hall of Fame award.

Capt. Ron Hamlin, 63, who caught Venezuela's first thousand pound blue marlin and whose innovations like perfecting wind-on leaders, formaldehyde-baits, pitch-bait techniques and popularizing circle hooks for billfish have influenced billfishing for more than 40 years, is the Born in Baltimore, he moved to the West Palm Beach area in the early 50s, where he mentored under fishermen such as Capt. Ken Lyman and famed boating innovator John Rybovich of Rybovich and Sons, who he credits for making him, understand the importance of billfish conservation.

Since then, Hamlin has been a fishing pioneer throughout the Americas. One of the first Americans to take a boat to Venezuela and fish La Guaira Bank, for the past 10 years he has been fishing the Pacific coast of Guatemala where he recently broke his own world release record with 2,809 Pacific billfish for the year Nov. 1, 2005 through Oct. 31, 2006. He credits the high totals to the use of circle hooks, which he says have greatly improved his CUPE or catch per unit effort.

Please come and celebrate with Ron at a reception in his honor on Thursday, February 15 at 5:00 p.m. at the Big Game Room Seminar Stage.

The Industry's Premier Blue-Water Fishing Showcase

What's quickly turned into the largest big game fishing expo for the industry?
It's the Miami International Boat Show's Big Game Room (BGR)!

This annual gathering for fishing enthusiasts features celebrity anglers, tournament organizers, boat manufacturers, blue-water tackle manufacturers, conservation groups, artists and representatives from various resorts and fishing destinations from all over the world.

But that’s only the beginning! A multitude of fun and educational activities are also planned for the BGR. The Marlin Bar will be back for your networking and meeting needs as well as our well received seminars and entertainment on the Big Game Room Seminar Stage. The Bait Rigging station returns by popular demand with hands on demonstrations by the pros.

The exciting Big Game Room Prize Drawings return for 2007 with new and more valuable prizes.  Attendees can fill out their ballots for hourly drawings including prints from our famous artists Carey Chen and Guy Harvey, fun billfish art from Karen Rhodes and many fishing and accessory packages.

The BGR will also include:

  • Seminars from top anglers and celebrities
  • Workshops and clinics taught by experts on everything from knot tying to lure rigging
  • Prize drawings and interactive events

Where to Find the Big Game Room

The Big Game Room can easily be found on the second level of the Miami Beach Convention Center just above Hall B (Fishing Boat Hall). You can find us at the top of the B lobby escalator or at the bottom of the escalator at the end of the Skywalk from the West side of the building.