Extreme Kayak Fishing’s Summer Slam Results in a Heavy-Weight Bout

August 25, 2014 at 1:34 pm | Posted in Billfish, Conservation, Fishing, Florida, Guy Harvey, Sailfish | Leave a comment

 

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.

Joe Kraatz's Sailfish.  Photo credit: Jorge Bustamonte

Joe Kraatz’s Sailfish. Photo credit: Jorge Bustamonte

 

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.

Top Five Winners.  Photo Courtesy of Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournaments

Top Five Winners. Photo Courtesy of Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournaments

 

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

For more information on Guy Harvey Outpost and our 10 great resorts check out our website at http://www.guyharveyoutpost.com/

 

 

 

Plunge into the History of Diving Museum, Islamorada, Florida

August 20, 2014 at 5:18 pm | Posted in Diving, Florida, Florida Keys, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Islamorada, Scuba Diving, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
 
Come celebrate 100 years of Diving History August 23rd with a wine & cheese reception at the Museum just up the road from the Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost.  August 24th the Museum will have FREE KIDS ACTIVITIES from noon to 3pm.  The reception begins at 7pm Saturday August 23rd and includes admission to the History of Diving Museum, raffle prizes & silent auction.  Tickets are $10 for adults or $5 for Museum members.  There will be special video footage from the Abyss with some familiar faces.
 
Deep Dive Suits
 
To purchase tickets or for more information about the History of Diving Museum, CLICK NOW.
 
Sunday starting at noon, the free Kids’ Activities will include: designing your own deep diving suit, deep sea coloring, “Fun with Pressure,” and learning about deep deep-sea creatures.  The History of Diving Museum is just a mile from the Islander Resort.  While you are at the Museum, check out the tiger shark Guy Harvey painted by the front door.  For more information on the Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost in Islamorada call (800) 513-5257. 
 
History of Diving Museum
82990 Overseas Highway; Islamorada, FL 33036
(Mile Marker 83, Upper Matecumbe Key, Florida Keys)
 
The Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost
82100 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036
(Mile Marker 82, Upper Matecumbe Key, Florida Keys)
 

Brendal’s Dive Center, A Guy Harvey Outfitter & Green Turtle Cay’s Reef Sharks

August 16, 2014 at 2:26 am | Posted in Abaco, Bahamas, Diving, Green Turtle Club, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Scuba Diving, Sharks, Tarpon | Leave a comment
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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.

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Photo: Brendal’s Dive Center & Water Sports, Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas

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. 

Photo: Brendal's Dive Center & Water Sports, Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas

Photo: Brendal’s Dive Center & Water Sports, Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas

Capt. Slate’s Creature Feature at the Islander Guy Harvey Outpost Islamorada

August 14, 2014 at 6:26 pm | Posted in Diving, Florida, Florida Keys, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Islamorada, Scuba Diving, Sharks, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Not every creature is scary. Not every creature has hair either.

Capt Slate's Dive Center

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!

Slate moray

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 reservations@guyharveyoutpost.com

“Whale Sharks Are Our Friends” at Guy Harvery Outpost

August 13, 2014 at 7:41 pm | Posted in Bahamas, Bimini, Dive Bimini, Diving, Galapagos, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Scuba Diving, Sharks, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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.

Isla Mujeres Whale Shark Photo: Guy Harvey PhD.

Isla Mujeres Whale Shark Photo: Guy Harvey PhD.

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 reservations@guyharveyoutpost.com

Guy Harvey Outpost, Mako Shark in the Dredge, Isla Mujeres, Mexico

August 12, 2014 at 8:39 pm | Posted in Conservation, Fishing, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Marine Science, Sharks | Leave a comment
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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 Begins at Guy Harvey Outpost’s Bimini Sands

August 11, 2014 at 5:12 pm | Posted in Bahamas, Bimini, Dive Bimini, Diving, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Neal Watson, Scuba Bimini, Scuba Diving, Sharks, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hamerhead, Grant Johnson Bimini Hammerhead Photo Credit: Grant Johnson

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!

Catch more shark photos with Guy Harvey Outpost on Facebook.

#SharkWeek is underway on Discovery Channel!

AUGUST 12th UPDATE: The Discovery Channel included this dive in their #MonsterHammerhead episode on #SharkWeek Congratulations Neal Watson & team!

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

 

 

Guy Harvey Outpost’s Iguana Crossing Hotel Wins TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Award AGAIN!

August 8, 2014 at 7:12 pm | Posted in Conservation, Diving, Galapagos, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Award 2014Iguana Crossing has earned back to back Traveler’s Choice Awards from TripAdvisor.  The top hotel on Isabela Island and ranked second in the Galapagos. Two hundred and forty-two reviewers rated the fourteen room boutique hotel.  Two-hundred and twenty-six of the reviewing guests rated this Guy Harvey Outpost Expedition Lodge either Excellent (189) or Very Good (37).

In addition to all the terrific land based adventures on Isabela.  There is excellent diving, snorkeling and surfing in the Galapagos and Isabela has some of the very best.

Call now for our end of Summer Special available August 13 and September 30, 2014.  reservations@guyharveyoutpost.com or 800-513-5257.

Can You Help Find a Missing Diver?

August 5, 2014 at 7:54 pm | Posted in Diving, Florida, Florida Keys, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Islamorada, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Noah Cullen, a friend of the greater Guy Harvey Outpost family is missing off Key Largo.

Noah Cullen

It is believed Noah was free-diving in the vicinity of Molasses Reef on Sunday.  His plan was to photograph the reef for conservation purposes.  His sailboat, Jubilee, was found sinking 7 miles off shore at around 2:30p Sunday afternoon near Dixie Shoal (25.03.8120 N 80.15.054w). He was seen aboard Jubilee around 1pm. The storm sail was up and the boat completely sealed. He’s a young guy but a seasoned Captain/Diver who grew up on the water in the Keys. He’s been missing 32 hours now. If you know anyone in the Upper Keys, please ask them to keep an eye out today on the water.

If anyone has any information about his whereabouts please call the US Coast Guard Islamorada at 305-664- 8077 or Miami 305-278-6700.

If anyone could survive in the water for over 24 hours, it’s Noah! Thanks.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/08/05/4273381/rescuers-search-in-keys-waters.html

Join Guy Harvey Outpost for BugFest at Lauderdale-By-The-Sea

July 29, 2014 at 1:47 pm | Posted in Diving, Fishing, Florida, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea | Leave a comment

Guy Harvey Outpost BugFest

Come join the Guy Harvey Outpost team for some fun, some bugs and some laughs.  Meet up with us at Guy Harvey Outpost’s local Dive Outfitter, South Florida Diving Headquarters, an official BugFest weigh station on Wednesday.  We will be there with a cold one for you when you get back to the dock.  We will be just south of the Hillsboro Inlet at South Florida Diving Headquarters.

Limited space is still available on the dive boats.  To reserve your spot give our reservations line a call 800-513-5257

We will also be at the Pavilion in front of the Commercial Blvd Pier for the Final Weigh In and Awards on Thursday afternoon / evening.  Friday night and Saturday afternoon, we will be celebrating AND eating at the El Prado Park for the Lobster Cookout and BugFest BBQ

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