High Tea with Bimini’s Hammerhead Sharks

May 27, 2015 at 12:53 pm | Posted in Bimini, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Hammerheads | Leave a comment
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It looks pretty ferocious swimming straight at me – 13 feet of smooth cartilage and muscle topped by rows of jagged teeth and a wide mantle with unblinking black eyes on either end.  But this great hammerhead shark could not care less about me or any of the other guest scuba divers kneeling in the sand a short distance from Neal Watson’s Bimini Scuba Center in the Bahamas.

Instead, the animal’s gaze is trained on Grant Johnson and his aluminum box full of fish scraps.

It glides unhurriedly up to Johnson, who pushes a piece of fish toward it with a PVC staff.  The shark gulps the morsel and moves on, giving the next hammerhead a turn at the feed trough.  It goes on like that 25 feet deep on the sand for nearly two hours, as three more hammerheads–all bearing streamer tags in their dorsal fins–join the rotation.

The apprehension I felt early on soon gives way to awe and enchantment at having a front row seat as one of the ocean’s fiercest predators enjoys an afternoon snack.

It occurs to me that if more people could observe this underwater version of 4 p.m. high tea, then perhaps sharks wouldn’t suffer from such a widespread public relations problem. Johnson, who used to work at the Bimini Biological Research Station (known locally as the ‘shark lab’), serves as the animals’ local spokesman– educating guests on their importance to the marine ecosystem and trying to take the fear factor out of interacting with them.

Hammerheads are listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as globally endangered.  When their numbers plummet, the marine environment suffers.  As apex predators, they cull the weak and sick from the world’s oceans and ensure fish stocks remain healthy and balanced.

Although hammerheads are protected in Florida, the Bahamas and some other areas, they travel great distances to other waters, as shown by data from satellite and streamer tags implanted by scientists.  In many of these areas, they are subject to being killed indiscriminately.

An up-close encounter with these magnificent animals can change hearts and minds, inspiring the formerly uninitiated to want to conserve them.  And that’s what Johnson and his colleagues are doing every day out on the waters surrounding Bimini.

GREEN Turtle Bahamas Billfish Championship Is RED HOT with WHITE Marlin!

May 12, 2015 at 10:03 pm | Posted in Big Game Fishing, Fishing Tournaments | Leave a comment
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The Green Turtle Club  Co-Hosted the action packed second leg of the 2015 Bahamas Billfish Championship.

BBC Day One:  White marlin dominated day one action.  Something Fishy got off to a hot start with a double header of whites.  Island Time got on the board with a sailfish. Game Changer, Marlin Raptor & Whisky Won all got in on the morning bite with white marlin.  Wave Paver & Anticipation jumped to the top with afternoon blue marlin.

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BBC Day Two:  The white marlin bite remained hot with the blues showing up in the afternoon.  Sandrita  jumped to the lead today on the strength of on blue marlin and three  white marlin today.  Torta started their day with a sailfish added a double header of white marlin and nabbed a blue marlin late in the day to catch a slam; which will give them a nice bunch of bonus points and the overall lead after two days.

Early leaders Something Fishy improved their numbers with another white marlin to go with their day one pair.   Anticipation added second day blue marlin to their first day fish to stay in contention for the top spot.  Whisky Won released a blue and a white to go with their day one white to move into third place after two days.  Nothing is settled and with the way some boats have gotten hot hands it is still anyone’s ball game.

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The white marlin bite continues to build; 8 whites day one, 9 day two, with 11 on day three for a total of 28 whites!  Seventeen billfish caught on day three including three sailfish, three blue marlin and 11 whites.  This is more whites than were caught in all of 2014.  Hopefully this is a sign of a rebounding white marlin population.

Wave Paver started things off at the six minute mark on day three releasing a blue.   Ten minutes later Game Changer released a pair of whites announcing that the bite was on.  Hit n Run followed with a white marlin and sailfish released.  Something Fishy then released the first of their two white marlin for the day before Hit n Run released the third of their four whites all before noon.  Wave Paver would add a white, while Hit n Run would get their “Slam” with a blue marlin late in the day.  Pandemonium finished the day and the tournament hooked up to a blue marlin at lines out.  All ears stay tuned to the radio when a boat is still hooked up at lines out.  It only took Pandemonium another   17 minutes to release their fish.

Grand Slam points were key as Hit n Run won with Torta in Second Place on the strength of their Grand Slam bonus points.  Wave Paver was third followed by Anticipation.  It is great to see FIVE Lady Anglers on the board for the event.

Congratulations to the winners and all the anglers! 

The next Guy Harvey Outpost event will be the 2nd Annual Beach Bash Bonfire and Tournament at Old Bahama Bay June 25-28th.

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The Bahamas Tournament Season Is Jumping!

May 7, 2015 at 12:10 am | Posted in Bahamas, Big Game Fishing, Fishing | 1 Comment
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The 2015 Bahamas Billfish Championship is under way in Abaco with Green Turtle Cay the next stop.  Abaco regulars Jichi, Wave Paver and Torta took the top spots with solid performances.  Teque took the early lead on day one with a blue marlin and a sailfish but Wave Paver passed them by before lines out; when they added a blue marlin to their early white.  On day two, Torta added a blue and a white to move ahead of Wave Paver and TequeJichi got on the board early with two blue marlin and did not look back; adding a white and another blue to seal the deal on day two.   Day three saw plenty of action among the leaders as Wave Paver released two blue marlin and a white to make a move but Jichi “Slammed” the door shut with a sail, a white and a blue to extend their lead and collect slam bonus points.

BBC_AIM_Logo NO DATESThe fleet caught 26 billfish an average of 1.13 billfish per boat.  Full Time brought a 597 pound blue marlin to the scales.  She was over the 100 inch minimum length but they actually lost 3 points compared to what they would have scored had they released her.
This week the BBC moves to Green Turtle Cay.  The Green Turtle Club, a Guy Harvey Outpost Expedition Lodge is co-host for the event.  The Green Turtle Club is ideally located in central Abaco allowing easy access to all the region’s famed blue marlin grounds.  These waters have produced huge blue marlin including the current Bahamian Record of 1119 pounds caught during the BBC in 2011.  The Green Turtle Club is sold out for this event.
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Competitors at the ready, the Green Turtle Club.
 
In addition to all the billfish caught big dorado kept anglers on their toes.  They were caught AND eaten!  Next up the BBC heads to Treasure Cay May 27-30.  The next Guy Harvey Outpost event will be the 2nd Annual Beach Bash Bonfire and Tournament June 25th – 28th at Old Bahama Bay.

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BBC Day One:  White marlin dominated day one action.  Something Fishy got off to a hot start with a double header of whites.  Island Time is on the board with a sailfish. Game Changer, Marlin Raptor & Whisky Won all got in on the morning bite with white marlin.  Wave Paver & Anticipation jumped to the top with afternoon blue marlin.

BBC Day Two:  The white marlin bite remains hot with the blues showing up in the afternoon.  Sandrita  jumped to the lead today on the strength of on blue marlin and three  white marlin today.  Torta started their day with a sailfish added a double header of white marlin and nabbed a blue marlin late in the day to catch a slam; which will give them a nice bunch of bonus points and the overall lead after two days.

Early leaders Something Fishy improved their numbers with another white marlin to go with their day on pair.   Anticipation added second day blue marlin to their first day fish to stay in contention for the top spot.  Whisky Won released a blue and a white to go with their day one white to move into third place after two days.  Nothing is settled and with the way some boats have gotten hot hands it is still anyone’s ball game.

Stay tuned for details on Baseball Hall of Famer, Mike Schmidt’s Winners’ Circle charity tournament at Old Bahama Bay.
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Join Us for Sea Turtle Release Saturday at the Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost

May 1, 2015 at 1:57 pm | Posted in Conservation | Leave a comment
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The public is invited to join the Turtle Hospital for Miley’s release back to the wild on Saturday, May 2nd at 10:30 a.m. at The Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost M.M. 82.1 on the Oceanside.

The Turtle Hospital ambulance will arrive at  the Islander in Islamorada at 10:30 a.m. and Miley will be released off of the beach promptly at 11:00 a.m.  Miley was rescued off of Dove Key in early March where she was found floating and what rescuer’s described as “twerking”.  The rescuer’s named her Miley, after Miley Cyrus.
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Loggerheads nest on beaches at or near most all Guy Harvey Outpost properties. It seems they know good fishing and diving spots.

Miley is a sub-adult Loggerhead sea turtle.  She arrived at the hospital on March 8th following a boat strike.  She weighs 117 pounds.  Loggerheads are the largest hard shell sea turtles and adults typically weigh between 180 and 440 pound.  They can grow to over 1000 pounds. Loggerheads are considered a “Threatened” species and are protected under the Endangered Species Act.  Following a treatment course at the Turtle Hospital that included broad spectrum antibiotics, lactulose, beano, vitamins, and a healthy diet of squid and fish, Miley is ready to hit the main stage.  Miley is swimming strong, healthy, and no longer “twerking”.  Bring your friends and help us to give Miley a proper send-off on Saturday!

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Silver Airways Serves All Six Florida-Bahamas Outpost Properties

April 29, 2015 at 8:24 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Silver Airways now serves ALL SIX of Guy Harvey Outposts’ Bahamas and Florida resorts.  Silver Airways Network now covers the Florida-Bahamas region so well you can get from one GHO destination to another before your umbrella drink melts.  The Silver Airways Network allows you to connect through major hubs in Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando & Tampa.

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As a code share partners with United Airlines and JetBlue a single plane change connects you seamlessly to almost any major airport nationwide.  Silver Airways allows you to put those frequent flyer miles to good use with either United’s Milage Plus program or JetBlue’s TrueBlue.  

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With morning flights you can leave the snow and be on the beach before day’s end.  Silver’s flight schedule increases for the Summer months to make sure you get to your spot on the sand.  So now you can catch redfish, snook or trout at the Guy Harvey Outpost St. Pete Beach in the morning and cast for bonefish at the Blackfly Lodge or Green Turtle Club in the afternoon.

For more information on Silver Airways flights www.SilverAirways.com

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Billy Black & the Duchess Return to the Bahamas!

April 24, 2015 at 7:28 pm | Posted in Fishing | Leave a comment
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Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts announced that legendary sportfishing Captain Billy Black has joined the company’s Expedition Outfitter program, and will operate sportfishing charters out of Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour on West End, a member of the company’s Expedition Collection portfolio, starting April 15th. 

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Black, who has spent the last 40 years as a charter captain and operated a premier charter service out of Walker’s Cay from 1977 to 2004, has held, at one time or another, many of the Bahamian record catches for Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Bluefin Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna, Dolphin, Wahoo and Sailfish. The Duchess, his 50-foot Hatteras has just come out of the yard, having been fully updated and re-powered to offer exceptional comfort and safety.

“There’s 110 miles of water between Walkers and Bimini, and Old Bahama Bay is almost dead center”, commented Mark Ellert, President of Guy Harvey Outpost. “Few know these fishing grounds as well as Billy and The Duchess, and we intend to make the Outpost at Old Bahama Bay the go-to fishing destination in the northern Bahamas.” Sixty miles east of Palm Beach, Old Bahama Bay has 70 luxury guestrooms, a 70 slip deep water marina with fuel and on-site customs, and a full array of resort amenities.

“I’ve been ‘Dancing with the Duchess’ for forty years”, said Captain Black. “These waters are our stage, and we know every square inch of it. Customers of Old Bahama Bay now have an exceptional opportunity to join us on stage and catch all the action first hand.”

This June, Guy Harvey Outpost brings its signature Bonfire Tournament Series back to Old Bahama Bay for the summertime marlin and dolphin fishing action. Each Bonfire event is a multi-day celebration featuring art shows, cooking competition and extreme sport demonstrations with nightly beach bonfires of monument sized metal fish sculptures by artist Bobby Little.

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Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts, with properties in Florida and the Caribbean, offers customers carefully selected top-of-class Fishing and Diving Expedition 
Outfitters, who deliver a great experience and actively support Guy Harvey’s conservation initiatives.

Black is part of an elite group of Expedition Fishing Outfitters including Miami Captain Ray Rosher, Islamorada Captain Randy Towe and Captain Anthony Mendillo with his Keen M Sportfishing Charters in Isla Mujeres, Mexico.

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What Are Your Earth Day Plans?

April 21, 2015 at 11:40 pm | Posted in Bimini, Conservation, Diving, Fishing, GHO Fish, Islander, Old Bahama Bay, Southern Cross Club, St. Pete Beach | Leave a comment
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Each year we honor our planet with Earth Day. Many of us participate in organized activities. Organized or not the most important thing to do is, get off the couch, get outside and get into nature! Ideally, get wet, but GET OUTSIDE!

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Here are some Earth Day suggestions:

Get out early and listen to the birds. They have lots to say first thing in the morning.

Go for a sunrise beach walk. Take a bag with you and fill it with trash on your way back.

Take the dog to a new park. Heck, take the kids to the park too!

Go snorkeling in the nearest body of water. What is there to be discovered?

Count the turtle nests at Guy Harvey Outpost, St. Pete Beach

Lie on your back in the sand and let it the grains fill the voids to support you.

Go Fish!

Enjoy your church’s Earth Day activities.

Bike a new trail, take a different route.

Watch for the Green Flash at sunset from Old Bahama Bay, Bimini Sands, the Islander Bayside, St. Pete Beach, or the Southern Cross Club.

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Go paddle boarding on new waters or your favorite water.

Get away from city lights; lie on your back and count stars.  (Island beaches are excellent for this.)

Walk through wet grass barefoot.

Paint a picture.

Plant something pretty in your yard.

Go Diving!

Feed your senses, close your eyes and smell the plants, the sea and the earth around you.

Get on your hands and knees and grab hold of mother earth. Give her a hug, she deserves one.

Join Guy at Jacksonville Beach this Saturday April 25th 9-11 am for the Jax Beach Clean-Up! Registration takes place in front of Seawalk Pavilion at the corner of 1st Street N. & 1st Ave. N. Jacksonville Beach.

EarthDay.org has lots of organized activities for you to choose from.

PLEASE take the time to get outside and enjoy your planet.

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Explore Man’s Relationship with the Sea at the History of Diving Museum, Islamorada, April 15th

April 2, 2015 at 2:49 am | Posted in Diving, Florida, Florida Keys, Islamorada, Scuba Diving, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Immerse Yourself, Man’s Relationship with the Sea at the History of Diving Museum, April 15th  7pm.  Alyssa Engiles presents the story of Man, Homo Delphinus to the Aquatic Ape Hypothesis. 

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Alyssa Engiles, History of Diving Museum and Friend.

 

Come early to meet David Charash and learn about the underwater adventure of Mission 31 when Fabian Cousteau broke his grandfather’s endurance record.

The History of Diving Museum is located at: 82990 Overseas Hwy about one mile north of the Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost.

 

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Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour Nominated as The Bahamas’s Leading Resort

March 24, 2015 at 1:00 am | Posted in Bahamas, Grand Bahamas Island, Old Bahama Bay, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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WEST END, Grand Bahama Island (March 23, 2015) Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour, a Guy Harvey Outpost Expedition Lodge has been nominated in  The Bahamas’s Leading Resort category in the 2015 World Travel Awards.  The resort is one of only two resorts on Grand Bahama Island nominated for this award and one of nine resorts nationwide. The Wall Street Journal is among the many media that have heralded WTA as “the Oscar’s of the travel industry”.

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 Old Bahama Bay has been nominated for the World Travel Awards every year from 2007-2015. For more details: http://www.worldtravelawards.com/profile-3577-old-bahama-bay-resort-yacht-harbor

Old Bahama Bay is home to Guy Harvey Outpost’s up coming Bonfire Beach Bash and Tournament this June 25-29th.  To make your reservations now call: 800-513-5257

PLEASE VOTE for Old Bahama Bay on-line until August 23, 2015.

The country awards reflect the range of products and service offerings of an individual country’s travel and tourism industry.  The annual final shortlist of nominees for each country award is reached via the following criteria:

  • The previous year’s country award winner and two runners-up
  • Vetted and approved self-nominations
  • Vetted and approved WTA commendations

The winner’s will be named at the World Travel Award’s Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony held on October 17, 2015 in Turks & Caicos.

World Travel Awards (WTA) was established in 1993 by Graham E. Cooke to seek out and reward the very best travel organizations in the world – those brands pushing the boundaries of excellence and implementing ground-breaking ideas.

WTA has developed into the most prestigious and comprehensive awards program in travel and tourism, and is recognized worldwide as the hallmark of industry excellence.

Old Bahama Bay is located in West End Village, approximately 25 miles west of the city of Freeport, Grand Bahama Island.  With its 73 rooms, 2 restaurants and 72 marina slips, Old Bahama Bay has a barefoot elegance ambiance with an out-island remote feel, but with the convenience of an international airport and major destination amenities.

For more information on Old Bahama Bay, a Guy Harvey Outpost Expedition Lodge

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Explore the HMS Winchester with Capt. Lars Vihlen, March 18th, Islamorada

March 18, 2015 at 3:30 am | Posted in Diving, Florida, Florida Keys, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Islamorada, Scuba Diving | Leave a comment
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The History of Diving Museum in Islamorada hosts Capt. Lars Vihlen as part of the Museum’s Immerse Yourself! seminar series.

In 1695 only two years after she was built, the crew of the HMS Winchester were struck by scurvy.  With the death of many and her crew greatly weakend she wrecked on a reef just south of Carysfort Light. Her remains are visible in 28 feet of water inside Penekamp Park.

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The Winchester, a British man-of-war, was 121-feet in length.  She had a beam of 38 feet and carried 60 guns.  Almost all of her 400 crew were lost, mostly to disease.

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The presentation is open to the general public. Admission is free to Monroe County residents and Museum members and $10 for visitors.  Pre-seminar museum tours will be conducted at 5:15pm and 6pm.  Museum tours are included with admission.  Members may reserve their seats in advance.

The History of Diving Museum is located at: 82990 Overseas Hwy about one mile north of the Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost.

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