Stuart, FL — It wasn't the beautiful weather or the calm seas that made fishing tough; it was the fishing. Pirate's Cove Sailfish Classic has set record-breaking release numbers two years running. The 24th annual tournament (Nov. 29-Dec. 2) couldn't have been more different. The summertime temperatures and flat-clam seas seemed closer to marlin fishing in the Bahamas than the angry winter seas that produced huge numbers of fish in the years before. The bite seemed closer to marlin fishing as well, with top boats raising five flags rather than 15, changing the strategy. Boats that don't always see big numbers but have big release ratios led the board. Mehl Ticket, a boat chartered by anglers Punch Martyn, Keith Beaty, Clark Beaty and Loch Cheatham, and captained by Mike Croke with mates Mike Halle and JJ Davidson, led days one and two with four and five releases respectively.