Longtime club member Nick Smith, of Stuart, Florida, won the coveted Donald S. Leas III International Angling trophy with a list of billfish catches on the International Game Fish Association-compliant fly tackle that is nothing short of remarkable. Smith was fishing aboard his boat Old Reliable, captained by Chip Shafer. His accomplishments during the 2016 angling year included 135 Pacific sailfish releases off Guatemala, 64 blue marlin releases off Costa Rica and 233 striped marlin releases off Mexico. "It is safe to say that Nick has done something with a fly rod that has never been done before. He has set the bar incredibly high," said club president Tom Twyford, when presenting Smith with his award.