Sept 6 Lionfish Spearfishing Tournament, Sept 7 Tournament Weigh-In & Family Fun Day
Guy Harvey Outpost, along with Reef Monitoring, Inc. and the Fishing Rights Alliance, is hosting a Lionfish Safari in an effort to collect as many of the invasive fish as possible for research and educate the public on the threat the species poses to reef environments. The event is open to the public.
September 6 – Lionfish Safari: All registered divers will depart from their place of choice to complete the mission of hunting and capturing as many lionfish as possible. All captured lionfish must be kept on ice and surrendered at the Guy Harvey Outpost the following day. Each registrant will receive a guide to surrounding reefs that contain lionfish, a tournament t-shirt, meal ticket and access to the weigh-in and Family Fun Day on Sept. 7. There will be cash prizes including largest and smallest lionfish and Guy Harvey raffle items and giveaways.
To register for the Lionfish safari, visit www.GuysLionfishSafari.com. Deadline to register is Sat., August 30. Cost is $20 per person. All lionfish will be used for research and food tastings, and proceeds go to Reef Monitoring, a non-profit dedicated to organizing marine scientists and educators as a means of watching over natural and artificial reef systems. www.reefmonitoring.org.
September 7 – Participants and their families will be encouraged to enjoy a day of family fun at Guy Harvey Outpost after the weigh-in between 11a.m. – 12:30 p.m. All fish will be weighed and measured by Reef Monitoring and then passed to along to students and NOAA biologist Alex Fogg for dissection and food preparation. During this process, the group will explain the anatomy of these fish and why they are so harmful to other species in the Gulf waters. Then the lionfish fillets will be passed along to the chef station where they will be cooked and prepared for the tasting station.
Other family-centric activities will include kid-friendly lionfish education from Ocean Pals, live music, a beachside cookout, drink specials, and beach games. At 2:30 p.m. the tournament winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded.
Open to the public.
Location: Guy Harvey Outpost – a TradeWinds Beach Resort– Beach front: 6000 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach
Cost: Admission is complimentary.
Parking: Parking for participants will be complimentary; $20 for all others. Parking will be available at the Guy Harvey Outpost and at the neighboring Island Grand.
More Information & Special Room Rates:
For additional information and special tournament room rates, please visit http://www.GuysLionfishSafari.com or call (727) 259.7404.
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South Bimini, Bahamas – Bimini Sands Resort & Marina on South Bimini in the Bahamas hosted The Woody Foundation’s Lionfish Bash for the fourth year in a row on August 15-17, 2014. The popular family spearfishing event led to the removal of 276 lionfish – a non-native, invasive species that is threatening native fish stocks in the Bahamas and Florida – from the waters around Bimini.
The Lionfish Bash is an annual event created to raise awareness about lionfish as well as to benefit The Woody Foundation, a Miami-based non-profit organization that raises funds to aid in the recovery of persons with spinal injuries. Foundation Board Member James “Woody” Beckham, whose severe spinal injury during a college rugby game in 2011 launched The Woody Foundation, attended the Lionfish Bash in person as he has done every year, inspiring all the participants.
The results of the 4th Annual Lionfish Bash:
Largest Lionfish: Rick Rodriguez, shown above, (36.5 oz.)
Smallest Lionfish: Cody Gunthner (0.061 oz.)
Top Junior Angler: Trace Colson (18.5 oz.)
Most Lionfish Caught, 1st Place: Team Spears & Beers (80)
Most Lionfish Caught, 2nd Place: Team Extra Expense (70).
The fun weekend event included a Captain’s Meeting at the Square Grouper tiki bar, a full day of spearfishing in the spectacular waters around Bimini, and an Awards Banquet at the resort’s waterfront Bimini Twist Restaurant. Most Lionfish Bash participants brought their own boats to the event, but Neal Watson’s Bimini Scuba Center’s 40-foot dive boat, the Dive God, took out a group who did not have their own vessels.
“The Lionfish Bash is one of the most fun and rewarding events we host each year,” said Bimini Sands President and CEO Frank Cooney. “We enjoy seeing Woody Beckham, his family and fellow board members from The Woody Foundation, and watching the fun as the Lionfish Bash participants helped to rid our beautiful coral reefs of these invasive fish.”
“Thanks again to the Cooney Family for hosting The Lionfish Bash,” said Woody Beckham. “Everyone thoroughly enjoys this unique adventure to Bimini. I can’t wait ’til next year’s event!” — Louisa Beckett, Bahamas Weekly, Aug 26, 2014
Guy Harvey Outpost is giving away a day’s fishing charter with Captain Jeff on the LunkerDog. To kick things off Guy Harvey Outpost is sponsoring this Friday’s Happy Bait 2014 LIVE from the Pirate Republic Bar & Grill. Join us 6pm this Friday, August 29th for fun with Reel Guys: Peter Miller (Bass 2 Bills), Ricky Beboliac, Ben Begovic, Lil G, Mitchel Vitale, Cris Bait Em Up, Certified Lunker, Cliff Jensen and much more. Plus goodies from Guy Harvey Outpost.
Who knows maybe Capt. Jeff will give away some secret Tarpon tips. So Run That Dog down to the Pirate Republic Bar & Grill. Bring your gear and get Certified too.
The Charter is a full day charter with Capt. Jeff on board the Zinn Dog, his custom built sportfish boat. Fishing will take place from Ft Lauderdale. Full Day 8 hour offshore trip on the ZINN DOG 6 person max. Winter trip for sailfish, Spring and Summer dolphin, tuna or swordfish.
Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament’s “Summer Slam” produced some terrific fishing for its 108 kayak anglers. Even with a 6am launch there was a party like atmosphere with rock ‘n’ roll piped through the PA system. When “Sailfish On!” came over the VHF 45 minutes later the trash talk evaporated. Joe Kraatz got on the board 30 minutes later releasing a nice sailfish.
With the ice broken, the bite was on. For the next two hours the pick up boats had their work cut out for them picking up kingfish to be iced down. Things quieted down for a bit as lines out started to loom on the western horizon.
“Massive Wahoo… I could see stripes..” came from John Moody’s VHF. Those near by report they did not need a radio to hear Moody’s excitement.” With anticipation still high, the word “Cobia” spread over the air-waves. John SIms would be the first angler to land a cobia during any Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament if he could boat the beast. Sims triumphant fight and paddle to shore for the 2pm weigh in took a toll on the angler as he needed help getting the Cobia to the scales.
First Place: Jack Daughtry of Maryland, two Kingfish, 51.7 pounds
Second Place: Joe Kraatz, two Kingfish, 47.8 pounds
Third Place: John Sims, Cobia, 46.3 pounds
Fourth Place: Carl Torrensson, two Kingfish, 44.4 pounds
Fifth Place: Justin Moody, Wahoo, 36.7 pounds
Kingfish Calcutta Winner: Jon Cunningham, 32.4 pounds
Top Junior Angler: Hunter Irvine, Kingfish, 11.9 pounds
Top Billfish Angler: Joe Kraatz, Sailfish
Wreck the Weight: Rob Rodriguez, Amberjack
Trash Can Slam: John McKroid, Barracuda, 25 pounds
Top Pelagic Angler: Justin Moody, Wahoo. Necklace courtesy of Guy Harvey Jewelry
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Tags: Big Animal Adventures
If you want to dive in the northeastern Bahamas there is really only one man to see, Brendal Stevens. There are other dive operators but Brendal’s Dive Center stands above all the rest and the Green Turtle Club gets you right on top of some of the best and most exciting dives including a variety of big animals.
If you want to get certified to SCUBA dive Brendal can teach you from square one or handle your check out dives for PADI, NAUI, SSI or SDI. In 2006 the Bahamian Ministry of Tourism awarded Brendal with it’s Cacique Award for Sustainable Tourism. This is the Bahamian “Oscar!”
If you are ready for some big animals Brendal can put you with the “Silver King” tarpon, giant grouper, the island’s name sake Green Turtles or those camera hogs with the big grins, Sharks! Nurse sharks are seen on many of Brendal’s dives. If you want to see the “Sexy Stars” of the show, the Caribbean Reef Sharks then one of his Shark Observation Dives is the way to go.
Shark Week may be coming to a close but our big animal “Stars” are available year round. Don’t miss the show, call the Outpost Reservations Desk to find out more at (800) 513-5257.
Not every creature is scary. Not every creature has hair either.
Every Friday & Sunday morning at 8:30, Capt. Slate goes diving with his friends. Some want to cuddle; some just like a scratch behind the fin. Please do not try this at home, Capt. Slate is a trained professional and has been a practicing creature for 36 years!
When diving be careful of the “S” word… No not Sharks… SLATE!!!
Capt. Slate is one of Guy Harvey Outpost’s “Go to guys.” He relocated his shop just a short drive from the Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost in Islamorada. The drive from Miami International Airport it is less than two hour to the Islander. So no matter where you are coming from we can get you in the water in no time. And we promise, Slate is not as scary as he looks.
To get up close to Capt. Slate or one of his friends give our Reservation Wranglers a call at 800-513-5257 or drop them a line firstname.lastname@example.org
Plankton eating Whale Sharks do not have the teeth that give some sharks that “Over Bite” reputation. These gentle giants grow to 40 feet long and have a sense of curiosity. They have been known to hang around and almost study divers and snorkelers.
On some levels Whale Sharks may be the most “User Friendly Sharks:” big, no teeth, warm waters, frequently at snorkel depth, and curious enough to interact with divers. There is still much we do not know about them but one thing we do know is that they can be seen by Guy Harvey Outpost divers at the Iguana Crossing Galapagos, Bimini Sands, Bahamas, but almost guaranteed at Hotel Playa Media Luna at Isla Mujeres, Mexico. For more info on our Whale Shark Encounters at Isla Mujeres (scroll to the bottom of the page).
To learn more about our Whale Shark Encounters call our Reservations line at 800-513-5257 or email@example.com
Tags: Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Very cool clip of a Mako Shark following & biting the dredge-cam.
This young male mako makes swimming with the fast moving dredge look effortless. Guy Harvey Research Institute scientists and the Guy Harvey Outpost Team based their Expedition efforts out of the Hotel Playa Media Luna on Isla Mujeres, just north of Cancun. During their trip the successfully caught and tagged eight mako sharks with satellite tags.
Stay tuned we will have lots more detail for you following Shark Week. Catch more Shark Week photos from Guy Harvey Outpost on Facebook.
— at Isla Mujeres, Cancún, México.
Shark Week reminds us that there are all sorts of great Big Animal Encounters and Guy Harvey Outpost has lots of them. Our Hammerhead Shark Safaris offered through Neal Watson’s Bimini Scuba Center starts off our Shark Week. Scuba Diving Magazine’s Readers Choice Award ranked the Bahamas #1 in Big Animals in the Caribbean & Atlantic in 2013 for a reason.
You do not have to go far to get your Shark on either; just 50 miles east of Miami on the island of South Bimini. The scuba diving with Great Hammerheads takes place in 25-feet of water over a white sand bottom just minutes from our docks at the Bimini Sands, a Guy Harvey Outpost Expedition Property! Led by Neal Watson’s Undersea Adventures staff, the Hammerhead Shark dives run January through March and sell out early. This dive provides an unparalleled photo and video opportunity for serious divers.
Other Big Animal Adventures we offer at the Bimini Sands include our Wild Dolphin Safaris, Stingray Dives and Reef Shark Encounters with Caribbean Reef Sharks and Nurse Sharks. Snorkeling gear is all you need to enjoy the Dolphins, Stingrays and Reef Sharks. Call Guy Harvey Outpost Reservations for details: 800.513.5257!
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#SharkWeek is underway on Discovery Channel!
USA Today featured the Bimini Great Hammerhead Dive as one of their top 5 Shark Dives: Swimming with Sharks: A Guide to the Best Dives