Neal Watson Inducted into the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame!

October 23, 2014 at 8:31 pm | Posted in Bahamas, Bimini, Caymans, Dive Bimini, Diving, Florida Keys, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Islamorada, Neal Watson, Scuba Bimini, Scuba Diving, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Headquartered in Georgetown, Grand Cayman; the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame recognizes the Pioneers of Diving.  Neal has been a pioneering leader in dive tourism in the Bahamas and the Caribbean for 40+ years.


Neal entertains the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame with a few  well chosen words.  Photo Courtesy of Courtney Platt.


Congratulations to the “Dive God!” Neal picked up his nick name for his record setting feats and well known sense of humor.  He set the deepest compressed air dive at 437 feet.  Neal also holds the longest underwater non-stop distance record of 66 miles starting off Islamorada, Florida and finishing 19 ½ hours and 25 tanks later off Miami.

Neal Watson serves as Director of Dive Operations for Guy Harvey Outpost and operates Neal Watson’s Bimini Scuba Center, a Guy Harvey Outpost Dive Outfitter.  Among those on hand in Grand Cayman for Hall of Fame induction ceremony were two other ISDHF Inductees, Dr. Guy Harvey and Capt. Spencer Slate.  Also on hand to help celebrate were Neal’s daughter Beth Watson, Director of Sales for Guy Harvey Outpost and Outpost CFO Kevin Denell.

Neal & Beth Watson, happy father and daughter.

Neal & Beth Watson, happy father and daughter.  Photo Courtesy of Courtney Platt.

You can see video of Neal’s induction into the Dive Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (DEMA) Hall of Fame 2005 Induction.  Also available on YouTube is Neal’s 1978 appearance on To Tell The Truth.

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Fish Tales & Cocktails 2014

September 30, 2014 at 8:45 pm | Posted in Art, Fishing, Fly Fishing, Guy Harvey, Marine Art, St. Augustine, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Casting for Recovery Benefit Oct 3, 2014 – 6 to 8 pm Blackfly Outfitter, 11702 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 904.997.2220

Guy Harvey Outpost is proud to support Casting for RecoveryFounded in 1996 in Manchester, Vermont, by a breast cancer reconstructive surgeon and a professional fly fisher, Casting for Recovery’s mission is to enhance the quality of life of women with breast cancer through a unique program that combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing.


Casting for Recovery provides free fly fishing retreats for women with breast cancer
70% of the women who attend Casting for Recovery retreats have never been to a support group
CfR currently offers 42 retreats across the country, serving nearly 600 women each year
CfR relies on the support of more than 1,600 volunteers nationwide, including medical and psychosocial professionals, fly fishing instructors and alumnae

You can make a difference and have a lot of fun attending the benefit “FISH TALES & COCKTAILS” at Blackfly Outfitter Friday October 3, 2014. We will serve you awesome appetizers, cold beer and very nice wine while you peruse the extensive raffle and silent auction items our top vendors and friends have generously donated. The volunteers who work tirelessly for the organization will inspire you with their own stories of how CfR has impacted their lives. Aubrey Thompson, Ph.D., fly fisherman and Professor of Cancer Biology at Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center will provide the latest on breast cancer research.

An impressive list of raffle and silent auction items include: Costa Del Mar sunglasses, Orvis Clearwater fly rod, Wright & McGill Blair Wiggins fly rod, art from Vaughn Cochran, fishing charters and more.  For a complete list of items check below.  Purchase tickets on-line or stop by or call Blackfly Outfitter. Check out our Facebook page for daily updates

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the event – 1 raffle ticket and limited edition Coozie are included with the purchase of a ticket.

We hope to see you there or, if you cannot, please consider purchasing a ticket as a donation to Casting for Recovery.

Casting for Recovery auctionItems

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Back to School at the International Game Fish Association

September 29, 2014 at 2:35 am | Posted in Billfish, Conservation, Fishing, Florida, Marine Science | Leave a comment

With the start of Autumn the IGFA School of Sportfishing starts back up just in time for the “Happy Bait” migration.  The Fundamentals of Sportfishing starts the seminar series Tuesday, October 7, 2014 7p-10p.


Capt. Tony Digulian

Noted Captain Tony DiGulian will cover a lot of ground, from: knots and terminal tackle to bait rigging and presentation.   He takes a scientific approach to fishing and engages the audience as they learn.  Tony has fished from the US to the Caribbean to the Middle East.  This seminar will be hands on; so students will learn by doing.  Billfish Conservation is an integral part of Tony’s fishing efforts.

Check out the IGFA’s circle hook ballyhoo video with Captain DiGulian.

Classes will run every other Tuesday night until mid-December.  For more information on the IGFA School of Sportfishing.

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The Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost Opens its Doors in Islamorada

September 23, 2014 at 10:54 pm | Posted in Art, Conservation, Fishing, Florida, Florida Keys, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Magazine, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Islamorada, Marine Art, Marine Science, St. Pete Beach, TradeWinds, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

ISLAMORADA FL— SEPTEMBER 17, 2014Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost, was officially unveiled this week by Dr. Guy Harvey before a crowd of Islamorada village officials, civic leaders, media representatives and residents. After a year-long multi-million dollar renovation, the popular resort joins the expanding collection of Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts, oceanfront resorts and lodges that showcase the marine wildlife art, scientific research and conservation advocacy of Dr. Guy Harvey, the company’s chairman.

Ribbon Cutting_01

Islander Resort fans & staff look on as Guy Harvey & David Curry cut “THE Ribbon,” re-opening as the new Guy Harvey Outpost.

The ribbon cutting ceremony included a tour of new guestrooms, dining and banquet facilities, a Guy Harvey Outfitter retail store and property-wide upgrades throughout both the main 114-unit Oceanside resort and the 25-unit Bayside marina townhouse compound. Under the terms of the conversion to a Guy Harvey Outpost Resort, ownership and management remains unchanged.

As the Sport fishing Capital of America, I am genuinely honored to fly our Guy Harvey Outpost flag here in Islamorada, commented Dr. Harvey. Without question, the waters around Islamorada offer our adventure travelers some of the world’s best diving and fishing, and for my scientific colleagues, endless opportunities for important cutting edge marine research. I know I’ll be here often.

In his most recent visit, with an audience of fly fishing icons in attendance Guy inaugurated the resort’s new Trophy Room Lounge, created to honor the history of Islamorada sport fishing and its legendary anglers and celebrities.

With this new Guy Harvey affiliation, our family continues its commitment to making the Islander a unique and special destination for families and visitors to Islamorada, said David Curry, President of Hobbs & Curry, the resort owner. The Guy Harvey Outpost mission aligns perfectly with ours.  I don’t know of any other brand that focuses so completely on integrating scientific understanding and environmental awareness with an overall resort experience.

Aerial Oceanside

The Islander Oceanside.


The popular Oceanside resort is situated on 22 acres with 1,300 feet of oceanfront, making it one of the largest resort playgrounds in the Florida Keys. Situated on site is the resort’s newly opened Florida Key History and Discovery Center, an elegant venue for weddings, social and group events.

Our mission is to inspire people to travel with a purpose, says Mark Ellert, President of Guy Harvey Outpost. By our way of thinking, every Outpost guest is on an expedition, and the Outpost Islamorada crew is there to deliver a remarkable and memorable adventure, whatever that may be.

Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts is based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The Company’s Signature Collection resort properties carry the Guy Harvey Outpost brand name with customized Guy Harvey Outpost design. The Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost joins other Signature Florida Guy Harvey Outpost resorts: the Guy Harvey Outpost, a Tradewinds Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach and newly announced for St. Augustine Beach.

Members of the company’s Expedition Portfolio are independently operated and managed boutique sized hotels and lodges in off-shore destinations that offer superior service and amenities.  Member hotels enjoy access to Outpost marketing and its reservation system and on-line booking engine.  Expedition Properties include four in the Bahamas:  Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour at West End, The Bimini Sands Resort on South Bimini, and the Green Turtle Club and the Blackfly Bonefish Lodge, both in the Abaco Islands. Other Expedition Properties include The Southern Cross Club in the Cayman Islands, Hotel Playa Media Luna in Isla Mujeres, Mexico, Ft. Young Hotel in Dominica and the Iguana Crossing Hotel, Isabella, Galapagos. Plans are also underway for the construction of 30-unit eco-lodge on the island of San Cristobal in the Galapagos Islands.

The company also maintains a system of Expedition Outfitters - dive shops and fishing charter operators offering top of class service often used in Guy’s own globe-trotting scientific research expeditions.  The company’s Expedition Series program offers exclusive opportunities to join Dr. Harvey and other scientists and experts as they engage in cutting edge marine research.

The company was founded in 2007 by Mark Ellert, a veteran hospitality developer, and is co-owned by Dr. Harvey, Bill Shedd and Charles Forman. Shedd is the owner of AFTCO, the official licensee of Guy Harvey sportswear, and recognized worldwide for its big-game fishing tackle and merchandise. Forman is a practicing eminent domain lawyer and early partner of Dr. Harvey in the growth of his licensing and publishing activities.

Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost is located in Islamorada, Florida is an icon of the Florida Keys.  With a beachfront longer than three football fields, the Islander Oceanside offers the best in casual Keys hospitality to be found in the town that bills itself the Sportfishing Capital of America.

With its 114 guestrooms and suites spread across 25 acres, Islander Oceanside offers the best in casual Keys hospitality with its expansive beachfront and extensive pool and patio areas. Purchased in 1999 by current ownership, this Islamorada institution is now joined with Islander Bayside, a 25-unit villa complex and marina.  These two-story two and three bedroom villas are fully equipped vacation homes, all with dramatic sunset views of Florida Bay and the resort’s private 14-slip marina basin.

Islander Bayside is located across from the historic Green Turtle Inn, one of the most popular restaurants in the Village of Islamorada, with its colorful décor dedicated to the history of Islamorada.  The Islander Oceanside enjoys similar neighbors, located across from The Lorelei restaurant, where visitors and residents alike gather for sunset celebrations and the opportunity to share fish stories worthy of the legendary Zane Grey.

Whether on the beach or on the bay, Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost evokes the feel of Old Florida Keys yet complete with modern facilities and amenities, including the resort’s stylish new ballroom and conference center complex overlooking the Atlantic. For work or play, for a short or long term visit, for beach or boating, sunrise or sunsets, Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost offers it all, in the heart of the fabulous Florida Keys.

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Join Guy Harvey at the Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost, In Person for a Signing Event Sept 18th

September 15, 2014 at 1:00 pm | Posted in Art, Conservation, Diving, Fishing, Florida, Florida Keys, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Islamorada, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Artist, Scientist, Author, Conservationist, Angler & Diver; Guy Harvey will be signing autographs at the Islander Resort Thursday, Sept. 18th from 10 am to 12 noon.  Come join Guy at the Islander Resort, his latest signature hotel and get your autograph or  a quick selfie.

GH Signing at Islander

If you need to pick up the latest Guy Harvey Sportswear the Islander’s Outfitter Shop has a nice selection of Guy’s latest designs.

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End of Summer Deals for Old Bahama Bay, Guy’s West End Outpost

September 15, 2014 at 2:31 am | Posted in Bahamas, Billfish, Bonefish, Diving, Fishing, Grand Bahamas Island, Guy Harvey, Marlin, Old Bahama Bay, Scuba Diving, Tuna, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Too Cheap To Stay Home!

If you are looking for a great deal, Guy Harvey Outpost has them at Old Bahama Bay, now through Sept 30th.  Book Junior Suites for only $150 per night weekdays and $199 Friday/Saturday nights (plus tax and service).  Book Dockage for $1.50 weekdays and $1.75 weekends per foot, per night.

Marina with OBB Logo

Come and enjoy the barefoot elegance Old Bahama Bay offers couples and families.   Outpost Guests receive  Complementary Watersports including:  Kayaking, paddle boards, sailing, snorkeling & our oceanfront pool.  Up for a little off property adventure?   There is great diving and fishing just minutes from our private marina.  Scuba dive on the Wall or fish for Tuna, Marlin or Bonefish we have it all.  And for those who just need a break, we have hammocks and umbrella drinks to help you chill out.   For more information call 800 513-5257 or .


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Guy’s Lionfish Safari, Guy Harvey Outpost St. Pete Beach

August 30, 2014 at 8:09 pm | Posted in Conservation, Diving, Florida, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Lionfish, Marine Science, Scuba Diving, St. Pete Beach, Tampa, TradeWinds, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

 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.

Lionfish Safari Flyer



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 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.


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 or call (727) 259.7404.

MEDIA INFO:  Kelly Grass Prieto, APR,  Hayworth Public Relations • (813) 318-9611 •

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Bimini Sands’ Annual Woody Foundation Lionfish Bash Removes 276 Invasive Lionfish

August 30, 2014 at 6:15 pm | Posted in Bahamas, Bimini, Conservation, Dive Bimini, Diving, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Lionfish, Neal Watson, Scuba Bimini, Scuba Diving | Leave a comment

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.


Rick Rodriguez, Winner of the Largest Lionfish Trophy, 36.5 oz.

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

Win a LunkerDog Charter from Guy Harvey Outpost

August 27, 2014 at 1:19 am | Posted in Billfish, Fishing, Florida, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Sailfish, Tarpon, Tuna | Leave a comment

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.

Run That Dog!

Run That Dog!

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’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

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