And for the duo of Old Reliable owner Nick Smith and Capt. Chip Shafer, the conditions lined up perfectly in mid-October. "The conditions were the best I'd seen since 2013," Shafer says via sat-phone from the bridge of Old Reliable, a 64-foot Bayliss. "Between the hurricane and the El Niño years, it was slow there for a while, but it turned back on this year." Their best day was on October 17, 2016, when the team raised over 80 striped marlin to the teasers and released an incredible 35 marlin plus one sailfish, all on fly for solo angler Smith.