Tags: Abaco Fishing, Bahamas Fishing, Big Wahoo, fishing, Green Turtle Fishing, wahoo, Wahoo Fishing, West End Fishing
Get Your WAHOO On! — Capt. Ned Stone
Late Fall through early spring mean Wahoo season in the Bahamas. The steep drop-offs and underwater humps of the Bahamas offer some of the most consistent and predictable wahoo fishing in the world. Five current IGFA World Records were caught in Bahamian waters. The largest tipping in at 155.5 pounds. In recent seasons there have been 100+ pound fish caught just off Old Bahama Bay and off shore of the Green Turtle Club. These oceanic speedsters can top 60 miles per hour on drag busting runs.
The bonus is that these fish taste great just about any way they are prepared. From sushi (Ono) to the grill, wahoo are a keeper. The one trick is to make sure not to over cook them. My favorite is cut into 2 inch thick chunks, rolled in sesame seeds and seared in a hot skillet.
Photo of this 120-pounder courtesy of AFTCO Pro Ryan Griffin.
Tags: Blackfly Lodge, bonefish, Bonefish Trips, Fishing Trips, Flyfishing, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Outpost, Redbone, Redfish, Vaughn Cochran
Vaughn Cochran, artist, angler, former guide & Blackfly Lodge owner got in a couple days of fishing on a busman’s holiday near his St Augustine home. The first day’s fishing was tough going with an early season cold front bringing wind and rain but the action heated up with the weather on day two. Vaughn caught this nice Redfish to take Second Place in the Oldest City Red*Trout Celebrity Classic. This bronze beauty took a black crab fly, not to be confused with Vaughn’s award winning “BlackFly.” The Classic is part of the prestigious Redbone tournament series. The event raised over $60,000 for the Cystic Fibrousis Foundation.
Click on the redfish above to check out Vaughn’s BlackFly Lodge, a Guy Harvey Expedition Lodge.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL— OCTOBER 31, 2013—Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts, with properties in Florida and the Caribbean, has announced the launch of Expedition Outfitters as part of its growing adventure travel lodging business. The announcement was made today by Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts President Mark Ellert and company co-founder Bill Shedd.
“Expedition Outfitters is being created to complement our collection of Outpost properties and serve our expanding adventure travel customer base,” explained Ellert. “The Guy Harvey Outpost brand is defined by great watersport experiences and service, and our Expedition Outfitters are the dive operators and fishing captains that make this possible.”
Expedition Outfitters will feature two membership categories: dive shops and guided or charter boat fishing. “It’s a logical brand extension for Guy Harvey Outpost” commented Shedd, owner of the big game fishing tackle company, AFTCO, and manufacturer of Guy Harvey sportswear and tee-shirts. “Our fishing and diving customers want the same level of quality service and ‘top of class’ experience they get at our resorts and lodges. At Guy Harvey Outpost, we’ve done the homework to make sure our Expedition Outfitters meet those expectations.”
Captain Ned Stone, a sportfishing veteran of the offshore fishing circuit, will oversee the new effort as the company’s Director of Program Development.
Shedd announced the inaugural members of Expedition Fishing Outfitters include acclaimed Florida captains Ray Rosher of Miami , Billy Black of Stuart and Randy Towe of Islamorada and. For legendary offshore action in Mexico, Anthony Mendillo and his Keen M Sportfishing team will be the company’s fishing outfitter in Isla Mujeres.
Earlier this summer, while fishing with Guy Harvey, Mendillo led Guy’s 22 yr old daughter, Jessica, to catch a 600 plus pound swordfish, the largest swordfish landed on a conventional rod and reel by a female angler in the last 30 years and a new record in Isla Mujeres. “We can guarantee our Expedition Fishing Outfitters know how to put you on the fish, but like Jessica, you’ll have to do the catching,” noted Stone in sharing the story of the Keen M catch. “
“These captains have the records and testimonials to truly be considered sportfishing ‘legends,’ notes Captain Stone. “We’re honored to have them join the Guy Harvey Outpost system. And if we don’t have an Outpost resort or lodge nearby, you have a pretty good idea where we’re looking.” The company’s two newest hotel additions include the Islander Resort in Islamorada and the Hotel Playa Media Luna in Isla Mujeres, just off the Cancun coast.
Tipping his hat to the obvious, Ellert describes the benefit he sees in having a carefully selected system of top-of-class outfitters. “Expedition Outfitters is going to save our customers time planning their next adventure, wherever it may be. After all, when you want to know who to fish or dive with, ‘we know the Guy who knows the guy’, guaranteed.”
Tags: Bluefin, Bluefin Tuna, conservation, fishing, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Outpost, IGFA, recreational fishermen, Sportfishing, tuna
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Tags: fishing, Green Turtle, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Outpost, Mullet., Old Bahama Bay, sailfish, snook, tarpon, wahoo
How do Floridians know the seasons have changed? No the palm trees do not turn crimson and orange. I could give you the old line about “The license tags change colors.” Another sign of change of seasons is a parade of boats chugging down the Intracoastal Waterway. Lots of shiny new yachts are headed for the 54th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
If you have lived south of Palm Beach for a long time, you notice the subtle drop in humidity on early October mornings. The sky is a brighter blue. The October moon brings higher tides. If you get out early, you will see the falcons and hawks migrating south. Fishermen have been watching for the bait to show up on the beaches. The mullet run brings tarpon, snook, jacks, kingfish and spinner sharks within easy reach of anglers a hundred yards or less from shore.
All of this means great near shore fishing. The wahoo are starting to show at Old Bahama Bay and Green Turtle. The big wahoo will be in residence before Thanksgiving. The sailfish will start showing up in good numbers any day now.
I know Fall is here: just this week I saw three falcons and a line at the tackle shop. – Capt. Ned Stone
Photos Courtesy of David Cartee.
We are hosting our very first Guy Harvey Outpost Photo Contest and, since I’m not eligible to win, I figured I would pass on a suggestion or two on how you might take home a prize instead! You will note from the pictures below there are some common elements – a great fish, or perhaps a wonderful smile – and certainly a nod to the Outpost’s spirit of adventure, discovery and exploration.
Be advised I am not one of the judges nor are these the rules. But, If you have two of these elements then you are probably in contention, and if you have all three there’s a good chance you will catch the eye of the judges. The competition might be tough but anytime a fish and a pretty girl smile at you like that, you’re already winning!
Don’t wait – start uploading your photos now at the contest web site!
Capt. Ned Stone
Director of Programs, Guy Harvey Outpsot
Guy Harvey Outpost is all about adventure travel. As the saying goes: The difference between an ordeal and an adventure is “Attitude.” In honor of Patriots’ Day on September 11th we thought we would share a fishing adventure from Austin Capers & his pals on the US Army Vessel Lt. General William Bunker.
Austin grew up on the waters of Jupiter, Florida. Fishing was such an important part of his life he became a commercial fisherman and was fishing right up until he joined the Army in 2004. Six months after finishing training he volunteered for a deployment on the United States Army Vessel Lt. Gen William Bunker at Kuwait Naval Base.
Austin and his ship mates arrived in Kuwait mid-May just in time for summer to crank up. Their mission was to upload battle damaged equipment and transport it to various countries on the Persian Gulf to be fixed or replaced.
On an early mission to Bahrain they found several Okuma rods and reels that had been donated by the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) years before. The guys tried to fish them but the line was shot and they had little or no tackle. Austin’s Dad went to pals at Fishing Headquarters in Jupiter to round up some gear. Most of us think of Mom’s baked goods when we think of “Care Packages” from home. Austin’s was full of enough Ande mono to re-spool three rods, heavy mono leaders, a planer and assorted trolling rigs.
Also on board was Mickey Swoyer, a fisherman and “A character”, from the Outer Banks area in North Carolina, who shared Austin’s love for fishing. The Lt General William Bunker is a 274 foot, flat bottom, landing craft with bow and stern ramps for “Roll On – Roll Off” loading. Picture trolling out of a tuna-tower.
On their down time, the two started trying different combinations of trolling rigs, including a couple of Wahoo rigs Mr. Capers sent. The best working rig ended up being a simple pink skirt with a double rigged 6-0 hook set. “We were amazed how they loved that pink skirt!” Attempts to use the planer at cruising speed proved dangerous. “It flew out of the water like a Polaris missile.”
To hear Austin tell it, “The stern of this vessel sits about 20-30 feet off the water so we had to let a ridiculous amount of line out.” The boat cruised at 9-11 knots which ended up working perfectly. “After we started catching fish our skipper gave us a hand help radio so that every time we hooked up we could yell “Fish ON!!!” into the radio and he would stop the boat. It was awesome! We caught 6 to 10 kings and an assortment of other strange looking sea creatures. We lost a massive one at the pilot door that was much bigger than the one pictured here. It was a huge morale booster for the entire 30 man crew.”
Austin went on to spend four more years on active duty including a 15 month deployment to Iraq. Today he is back in Jupiter with his family. Mickey has relocated to Daytona Beach with his family and the guys are hoping for a reunion soon.
Thank you Austin, Mickey and all who serve our country.
HOW TO ENTER:
- Enter your photos online at www.outpostphotocontest.com, or simply upload your photos to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter using hashtag #OutpostPics.
- There is no limit on how many photos you can enter, so enter as many times as you like to increase your chances of winning.
HOW PHOTOS ARE JUDGED:
- A panel of judges will select a winner on a weekly and monthly basis, as well as a Grand Prize winner at the end of October.
- Judges will put an emphasis on photos that emphasize ADVENTURE TRAVEL!
- Vote for your favorite photos! Although the final decision is up to the judges, photos with the most votes will be given special consideration. However, beginning Sept. 1, 2013, you can only vote one time per day.
- Guy Harvey Outpost and its partners practice Sustainable Fishing and Sustainable Tourism. Please remember this when taking your photos. Photos that do not represent these ideals will be excluded from the contest.
- All winning photos will be announced on the Guy Harvey Outpost Facebook Page
- Weekly winners will be announced each Thursday
- Monthly winners will be announced by the 3rd of the following month
- The first quarterly Grand Prize winner will be announced November 5th. All entrants submitted prior to 12:00AM on November 1 will be eligible to win.
For additional rules, please visit the contest web site.
Surviving Lobster Fever?
Many of us have been chomping at the bit to get some BUGS… For those of us who love to dive and love lobster we wait all year for “Mini-Season.” Some divers “Are on a mission.” In “Mission” mode we sometimes lose sight of other priorities. No lobster is worth someone’s life or injury. Please dive safely. Please drive safely; the diver you save could be me.
Here are a few basic safety tips:
Double check your gear before you leave the house. Double check your VHF radio.
Use your Diver Down flag. Better still use a really BIG FLAG or THREE. Remember the other guy is an idiot. Make your divers and snorkelers take floating dive flags with them.
If you have lots of snorkelers keep a lookout in the boat with an air horn to ward off unwary boaters. There are plenty of clueless boaters who have no idea it is Lobster Season nor what that funny red flag means.
Bring a first aid kit.
Bring a thermos of hot water (not scalding) for stings.
Bring spare O-rings, snorkels, fin and mask straps.
Bring water and stay hydrated.
BONUS LOSBTER, Want 33% more lobster? Eat the sweet meat in the legs and antennas. Cook them separately in a steamer; pull them out as soon as they change color. Add some melted butter and your appetizers are ready. You will be surprised how much meat is hidden here. It takes a bit more work but it is worth it once you get the knack.
Tags: Bahamas, conservation, Green Turtle Club, Guy Harvey Outpost, Lionfish, marine conservation
This is Part II of a 3-part report by Capt. Ned Stone, Director of Programs for Guy Harvey Outpost, following his participation in the Green Turtle Club’s 5th Annual Lionfish Derby. Read Part I here.
Following Derby registration Lad Akins of Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) gave an excellent presentation on the Lionfish invasion and some words of wisdom for the divers.
The Lionfish invasion is well known. What to do about it is not. One of the actions REEF has devised is a series of Lionfish Derbies. Designed to raise awareness and to remove as many Lionfish from a given area as possible these events are fun and social as well. REEF conducts population studies before and after the Derbies and five years in the Derbies appear to be affecting local populations as the size of the average fish caught is trending smaller. Let’s be clear here; these are barely control mechanisms and NOT eradication.
Lionfish spines along their backs, lower jaw & ventral (belly) have poisonous venom. The venom is not fatal unless you have an allergic reaction. It is however extremely painful. Do your research so that you are sufficiently knowledgable before you start hunting. www.REEF.org is a great resource for information.
Avoid handling lionfish un-necessarily. Invest in good gloves. Medical waste “sharps resistant” gloves are ideal. Hex Armour, Sharpsmasters II for example. Follow REEF’s recommendation for handling Lionfish. If you are snorkling you can exchange spears with a pal in the boat. Your team mate can use the lid and side of the cooler to remove the Lionfish from the spear without ever coming near the spines.