In 2012, I finally caught up with Conde on São Vicente in the Cape Verde Islands, where he runs Amelia, a 35-foot Bertram, one of only nine charter boats working out of Mindelo Harbour. Over a long and interesting dinner one night, the stories of his amazing season unfolded. He'd been there since March, and by early May, he'd racked up an incredible 180 blues. This prompted me to ask, "Did you set out to break any records, and do you know how many blues you would need?" "No," he said. "It wasn't until a friend of mine, John Tierny, told me the other day that Capt. Dave Noling held the Atlantic record with 297."