Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, KeysKeeper, and the Lower Keys Guides Urge the FWC to Make Barracuda a Top Conservation Priority

November 19, 2014 at 5:30 pm | Posted in Bonefish, Conservation, Fishing, Florida, Florida Keys, Islamorada, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Recently there has been a slow but steady realization by many South Florida fisherman that the Keys barracuda population is in decline. As a result, Bonefish and Tarpon Trust, KeysKeeper, and the Lower Keys Guides Association are teaming up to urge the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to make barracuda a top priority on their list.  The Florida Wildlife Federation also strongly supports this effort to improve Barracuda conservation.

A survey of fishermen, fishing guides, and scientists in the Florida Keys and South Florida indicates that the decline in the barracuda population may be due to the unregulated commercial fishery and unregulated recreational harvest for barracuda. Much like tarpon, bonefish, and permit, there is little known about the barracuda. But, the limited data on barracuda that the FWC does have actually supports this observation. Their data shows that commercial landings of barracuda actually increased by 65% in 2012.

In addition to the importance of barracuda to the recreational flats fishery of the Florida Keys, they are also critical to the entire flats ecosystem. Next to sharks, barracuda are likely the top predator on the flats, so they should receive the same protection that FWC recently provided to many shark species.

Finally, since barracuda are known carriers of ciguatoxins and the commercially harvested barracuda become part of the South Florida seafood market (although frequently marketed as another species), there is considerable and growing concern about the health risks posed to consumers.

Before there is an irreversible population decline of barracuda, we believe management action is needed. BTT, KeysKeeper, and LKGA need your help to convince the FWC to follow the same process they used to address the bonefish, tarpon, and permit fisheries by obtaining the necessary data to better regulate the barracuda fishery, and to take the responsible and precautionary approach to implementing regulations that will protect the barracuda population while the necessary information is being obtained. Please visit to send the commission a note supporting the call for improved barracuda regulations and for the FWC to conduct a barracuda stock assessment. —– Bonefish and Tarpon Trust November 19, 2014

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Get a Double Shot of Capt. Bouncer Smith’s Fishing Knowledge This Week

November 17, 2014 at 4:39 pm | Posted in Fishing, Florida | Leave a comment
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Captain Bouncer Smith gives back on a regular basis but this week you can get a two-fer.  Tuesday Nov. 18th Bouncer will be teaching Bottom Fishing Wrecks and Reefs at the IGFA School of Sportfishing.  Thursday Bouncer will be teaching Live Bait & Kite Fishing at the Dusky Sport Center. In addition to his knowledge of fishing, Bouncer is well known for his generous spirit and his willingness to share. His easy going demeanor makes him and excellent teacher. One of the reasons Bouncer was inducted into the Legendary Captains & Crew is his regular support of conservation and children’s causes.  Pictured below is Bouncer helping Fish To Make a Difference 

Bouncer at the helm

Bouncer supporting Fish To Make A Difference. Photo courtesy of Brooke Heddon

Bottom Fishing Wrecks and Reefs is the prefect class if you have ever had a slow day of fishing and want to improve your performance on the reef. You will learn techniques for catching snapper and grouper from one of the best bottom guys in South Florida. IGFA School of Sportfishing classes are held at the IGFA’s Fishing Hall of Fame: 300 Gulf Stream Way
Dania Beach, FL 33004. Classes are from 7pm-10pm.

Live Bait & Kite Fishing takes place from 6:30-8pm Thursday November 20th.  Weather you are a novice angler or an old salt you can always pick up a few pointers from Capt. Bouncer to improve your catching.  If you have never been to the Dusky Sport Center go early cause they have almost everything you need for fishing and boating.  Dusky Sport Center: 110 N. Bryan Rd. – Dania Beach, FL 33004

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Connecting With One Special Veteran

November 11, 2014 at 10:20 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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On this Veterans’ Day the staff at Guy Harvey Outpost would like to share a letter we received from a Veteran. This letter has moved each of us and we are honored to have Veterans as our guests.

Dear Anyone,

My name is Christian and I am a disabled veteran. I recently had an opportunity to spend time at the Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost on Islamorda. I have to say it changed my life. I am writing Mr. Harvey and wondering if he would ever be interested in opening a facility in the islands for veterans? I know its crazy but I spent 3 days there and I slept more in three days than in years. I felt at peace and I didn’t have bad dreams. I got to feel and smell and touch things without feeling anger or hate, I found my Jesus.. My wife Janet cried because for the first time in years I slept, and it was a beautiful sleep..

I bought a print of yours that hangs in my office at home.  I look at it everyday and it brings me.. Hope, joy, peace.. I don’t have a name like Guy Harvey but I believe your name can change the lives of veterans… The life style can release the anger and start the healing. I know this is a long shot and I don’t expect much but what if we could open another resort? What if we could give them peace? What if we could save a generation from suffering and give them hope? No matter what happens I thank you. I am staying at the Islander again in July… No matter what I thank you for sleep.. I can never repay you for the peace I feel in Islamorada.

I hope and pray for you.. Thank you, Christian




On Christian’s July visit he brought his family including his father (a former Navy SEAL).  We look forward to the family’s next visit.

See our response in the next Outpost Blog post.



Connected Warriors Gets Guy Harvey Outpost Support

November 11, 2014 at 10:07 pm | Posted in Bimini, Green Turtle Club, Islamorada, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Dear Christian,

Thank you for your kind words.  We at Guy Harvey Outpost are moved by your letter and want you to know we are giving back.  Nothing like the sacrifice you and your family have made.  We will keep giving back.  It is not always easy to find the right vehicle through which to help a cause.  We have chosen Connected Warriors as ours.

Guy Harvey Outpost properties donated trips, art, fishing tackle and other prizes to Connected Warriors for their Annual Fundraiser this week.    We want to honor all of our Veterans and their families who give so much.  Connected Warriors provides Veterans and their families with free yoga classes.  Ongoing studies indicate that regular yoga practice is more effective in the long term treatment of anxiety, depression and PTSD than conventional treatments.

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Christian, thank you for your inspiration and for your enthusiasm for our efforts.

We all look forward to your next visit.

Take good care of yourself,

Your friends at Guy Harvey Outpost

PS. In addition to Guy Harvey Outpost’s trip donations, support for Connected Warriors our staff reached out to the broader Guy Harvey Outpost Family.  A special thanks to all those who jumped in with generous donations for Connected Warriors.  Among those who answered the call when we asked for contributions for our Veterans were:

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Tito’s Handmade Vodka

The Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost

The Green Turtle Club, a Guy Harvey Outpost Expedition Lodge

The Bimini Sands Resort & Marina, a Guy Harvey Outpost Expedition Lodge

Moyes Big Game Tactical Fishing Lures

LMR Custom Tackle

Yoga Ned


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Register to Win: GHO Fishing Trip with Guy Harvey Outpost

October 27, 2014 at 9:39 pm | Posted in Billfish, Fishing, Florida, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Sailfish, Tarpon, Tuna, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Ready, Set, GHO Fish with the “Wild and Crazy Guys” on the Zinn Dog.  Win a fishing trip for you and up to 5 friends on the Zinn Dog enter at Jeff Maggio and Lunkerdog did not get to be YouTube stars sitting at the dock.  They know how to FIND YOUR FISH.

Capt Jeff Contest

Or enter at the Guy Harvey Outpost booth at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (Booth #27) in the main tent (6A) at Bahia Mar.  So if you want to have some fun and fish for Sailfish, Tarpon, Kingfish or Tuna give the prize wheel a try at our Boat Show booth.  Also included is a set of six fully rigged killer marlin lures from Bost Lures.

The Zinn Dog underway.

The Zinn Dog underway.  Run that Dog!

Capt. Jeff had the Zinn Dog custom made in Maine.  She is built on the hull of a Wesmac Lobster Boat.  They fish year round in Maine and in all kinds of weather.  To say that the Zinn Dog is a stable platform understates the obvious.  For more information on the Zinn Dog

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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.

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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.

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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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