Fishing the Pelagic Rich Pacific with Guy Harvey Outpost

March 9, 2016 at 2:10 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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black-marlin-pinas-bayBy Sue Cocking, Guy Harvey Outpost staff writer

scocking@guyharveyoutpost.com

Steve Schniedman, experienced Florida offshore fisherman, has traveled the world, catching and releasing blue, white, and striped marlin.  But the fourth element of the superfecta– black marlin– eluded him until recently when he visited the pelagic-rich Pacific waters off Panama with several members of the Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts team.

Fishing aboard a 66-foot Buddy Davis yacht piloted by the crew of Panama Yacht and Fishing Charters– a Guy Harvey Outpost Expedition outfitter– Schniedman hooked a black estimated at between 300 and 400 pounds using a small live tuna for bait.

“It was the fight of a lifetime– a crazy fight,” Schniedman said.  “He took a lot of line.  We were full-throttle backing down just to keep up with him.  He jumped five or six times.”

Schniedman had his hands full– literally–fighting the huge billfish on 50-pound tackle, but he eventually reeled it close enough for the crew to unhook and release it.

“The best trip I’ve ever been on,” he said afterward.

Not only was the fishing spectacular, according to Schniedman, but the experience of living aboard a 98-foot luxury Knight and Carver mother ship was first-rate.

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“The mother ship we lived on was absolutely beautiful,” he said. “The crew, the food, the chef–everything was five-star.  I’d certainly go down and fish on that boat again.”

A typical day involved waking early, catching live bonitos and skipjacks along the Zane Grey Reef, then trolling the livies along the reef for the blacks.  When the sun grew warmer, the crew headed to the deeper offshore waters of the Hannibal Bank.  At sundown, the boat made another pass along the reef before returning to the mother ship– “a floating luxury lodge”, according to GHO president Mark Ellert.

In addition to Schniedman’s black marlin, the GHO party of  Ellert, sportfishing director Cliff Jensen, and their friend Phil Schoonover caught numerous huge dolphin fish, or mahi.  Jensen caught his first-ever dog-toothed tuna.  Schoonover caught and released several trevally up to 15 pounds on fly rod.

The fishing wasn’t the only draw, according to the group.  One evening, the mother ship was visited by a party of villagers in dug-out canoes laden with handmade arts and crafts.

“A virtual shopping center,” Ellert marveled, adding that everyone bought some treasures to take home.

While the black marlin season is winding down along Panama’s Pacific coast, spring and summer present bountiful opportunities for catching large yellowfin tuna and Cubera snapper. To book your adventure, visit http://bit.ly/1PJkI2b or call Jensen at 954-243-1178 or email cjensen@guyharveyoutpost.com.

Better hurry up or Schniedman might elbow you out of the way.

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Sue Cocking chronicles the Guy Harvey Outpost travel and adventure experience in regular blog posts on GuyHarveyOutpostNews.com/.  For 21 years, Cocking covered the full spectrum of outdoors adventure opportunities in South Florida and beyond for the Miami Herald, including fishing, diving, hunting, paddling camping, sailing and powerboat racing.  She is a certified scuba diver and holder of an IGFA women’s world fly fishing record for a 29-pound permit. 

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Guy Harvey Outpost Launches Exclusive Luxury Charter in Panama

August 3, 2015 at 8:40 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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BillShedd (2)Most accomplished big game anglers agree the best place on the planet to chase and catch blue and black marlins in August and September is the Pacific Ocean, from the Perlas Islands just off Panama City, Panama, south to the Zane Grey Reef at Pinas Bay.

To put anglers in the right spot at the right time, Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts has added Panama’s most exclusive mothership fishing operation, Panama Yacht and Fishing Charters (PYFC) to its system of unique fishing lodges. Based at Flamenco Marina in Panama City, the four-boat fleet is operated by Hennie Marais, considered one of most respected sport fishing outfitters and lodge operators in Central America.

Guy Harvey Outpost co-founders Guy Harvey and Bill Shedd, both trustees of the prestigious International Game Fish Association (IGFA) are no strangers to Panama big game sportfishing. Having just returned from a week long mothership expedition, Shedd, also the owner of tackle manufacturing giant AFTCO, comments, “this Outpost is the ultimate fishing experience, offering the freedom to fish where, when and how you and your friends wish. It’s no excuses fishing by day and luxury relaxation by night.”

Anglers, according to Marais, will enjoy a customized fishing experience like no other in Central America. Parties up to 12 will eat and sleep in the air-conditioned comfort of a 98-foot luxury Knight & Carver yacht, then head out to the billfish grounds aboard a 66-foot Buddy Davis sportfisher or a 37-foot Strike—or both. Rounding out the fleet is an 18 ft. Mitzi flats skiff, ideal for fishing the many mangrove shorelines throughout Panama.

Rising Marlin

“You go out at 6:00 to 6:30 in the morning. You fish for live bait. When you get to the bait grounds, it’s just acres of bonitos and skipjacks,” Marais said. “Often before you get all your live baits out, you have a black marlin. And you’re not getting beat up by the sea conditions. You fish till you’re out of live bait, then troll lures or dead baits for sailfish and blue marlin. There’s a good opportunity for a grand slam.”

For the non-anglers who want to explore remote island jungles or those who prefer to fish close to shore for roosterfish or Cubera snapper, there’s the Mitzi skiff, kayaks, personal watercraft, stand-up paddleboards and a fully-equipped scuba diving center.

Panama Dolphin

“The big game fishing off Panama is legendary, but the entire country is one big adventure,” comments Guy Harvey, Outpost Chairman Mark Ellert.  “This Outpost delivers not just fishing stories, but memories of a unique adventure that will last a lifetime.”

In January and February in the Las Perlas and Pinas waters are prime for black marlin, tuna, dorado (mahi), wahoo and roosterfish. April through June usually find the mothership plying the Pacific waters around the remote Isla de Coiba, a World Heritage Site in the Gulf of Chiriqui where yellowfin tuna are abundant.  Other options throughout the year are the Bocas Del Toro and  Gulf of San Blas regions in Panama’s Caribbean Sea for family snorkeling and inshore and reef fishing.

Guy Harvey Outpost Offers New Luxury Expedition to Panama!

July 21, 2015 at 7:07 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Cherin III ImageHaving never before caught and released either a blue or black marlin, I really should be heading to Panama pretty soon.  But I can’t, so you should go in my place.

In August and September, the Pacific waters from the Archipelago de Las Perlas south to Pinas Bay in the Gulf of Panama will provide your best shot at battling multiple blues and blacks in a single day. You will be able to chase them pretty much wherever they roam in the region, then hook and fight them in comfort–except, of course, for your sore arms.

Your host is South African adventurer Hennie Marais, operator of Panama Yacht and Fishing Charters– an exclusive Guy Harvey Outpost Expedition.  And he offers a big-game fishing experience like no other.

Your party of up to 12 will eat and sleep in the air-conditioned comfort of a 98-foot luxury Knight & Carver yacht, then head out to the billfish grounds aboard a 66-foot Buddy Davis sportfisher or a 37-foot Strike –or both.

“You go out at 6:00 to 6:30 in the morning.  You fish for live bait.  When you get to the bait grounds, it’s just acres of bonitos and skipjacks,” Marais said.  “Often before you get all your live baits out, you have a black marlin.  And you’re not getting beat up by the sea conditions.  You fish till you’re out of live bait, then troll lures or dead baits for sailfish and blue marlin.  There’s a good opportunity for a grand slam.”

For the non-anglers in your party who want to explore remote island jungles or those who prefer to fish close to shore for roosterfish or Cubera snapper, there’s an 18-foot Mitzi skiff, kayaks, personal watercraft, stand-up paddleboards and a fully-equipped scuba diving center.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime expedition you have to do,” Marais said.  “It’s not just the fishing–it’s the whole destination.”

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If you can’t make it to Panama for the black-and-blue bite, make plans to charter the mothership in another part of Panama later in the year.  Marais steers the fleet to wherever the fishing is most bountiful or wherever you desire to explore.

January and February in the Las Perlas and Pinas waters are prime for black marlin, tuna, dorado (mahi), wahoo and roosterfish. April through June usually find the mothership plying the Pacific waters around the remote Isla de Coiba, a World Heritage Site in the Gulf of Chiriqui where yellowfin tuna are abundant.  Other options throughout the year are the Bocas Del Toro and  Gulf of San Blas regions in Panama’s Caribbean Sea for family snorkeling and inshore and reef fishing.

“You can take four different trips to Panama and none will be the same,” Marais said.

Phenomenal fishing, lush unexplored jungles, and gourmet food and a stocked wine cellar on board your safari headquarters.  Pretty tempting.

You can book a weeklong or three-day customized package, with all trips beginning in Panama City– about two hours by air from Miami.

But when you board, be on the alert for a stowaway:  me.

Save the Billfish, Stop Longlining

December 9, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Keep the Longlines Out of the Current Closed Zones!

The closed areas along Florida’s East Coast (FEC) and the DeSoto Canyons in the Gulf of Mexico were established to reduce the bycatch and discards of juvenile swordfish, billfish and other marine life. The benefits of these longline closed zones have been instrumental for the recreational fishing community with great numbers of billfish and swordfish caught in recent years. NMFS is proposing to allow access for longline vessels into these closed zones and must be stopped! If NMFS allows longline fishing in these areas, it could not only have large ecological impacts but tremendous socio-economic impacts on the sportfishing community.

The Longline Closure Established in 2000 Have Resulted in a Beneficial Reduction of Billfish Bycatch

  • Between 2001 and 2003, the years immediately after the longline closures were established, a 49.7% reduction in blue marlin bycatch, a 47.0% reduction in white marlin bycatch, and a 74.6% reduction in bycatch of sailfish resulted compared to the years preceding the longline closures.
  • Between 2005 and 2011, blue marlin, white marlin, and sailfish bycatch reduced by 61.6%, 59.8%, and 66.9%, respectively compared to when longlining was permitted

Stop Longlining, Take Action NOW!

 

Support New Gear Restricted Areas (GRA) in the Gulf of Mexico

NMFS is proposing the use of Gear Restricted Areas (GRAs) in the Gulf of Mexico which would prohibit the use of longlines, but still allow the use of alternative gear like buoy gear or greenstick gear. The most favorable of the proposed alternatives, a 3-month Gulf of Mexico Closure (March-May), would reduce for bluefin harvested by 12% and a reduce the discards of bluefin tuna by 10%. Billfish will also benefit in the Gulf of Mexico with a 3-month GRA and is estimated to reduce bycatch of blue marlin, white marlin, and sailfish by 8%, 4%, and 10% respectively. A 3-month Gulf of Mexico GRA would also result in an additional 12% reduction of under-sized swordfish discards.

TBF’s Suggestion for Gulf of Mexico GRAs

To further increase the conservation benefits associated with the Gear Restricted Areas (GRA) in the Gulf of Mexico, TBF suggests a 4-month Gulf of Mexico GRA (March-June). If implemented, a further reduction of reduce the bluefin tuna bycatch and discards as well as double the conservation benefits for blue marlin, white marlin, and sailfish.

Stop Longlining, Take Action NOW!

 

The Raw Power of the Oceanic White Tip Shark

July 9, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Posted in Bahamas, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Marine Science, Marlin, Sharks | Leave a comment
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While on a joint Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation/Guy Harvey Research Institute Expedition off Cat Island in the Bahamas, Guy Harvey and friends filmed the aftermath of an encounter between a hooked marlin and hungry oceanic white tip sharks. Watch this clip to see why sharks are at the top of the aquatic food chain, then use the discount code “Emma” to save $5 off the purchase of the award-winning film, “This is Your Ocean: Sharks”.

New “Freedom Rising” Shirt from Guy Harvey

June 19, 2012 at 12:56 am | Posted in Art, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Marine Art, Marlin | Leave a comment
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Happy Flag Day!

June 14, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Posted in Art, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Marine Art, Marlin | Leave a comment
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Monster Marlin Caught & Released Off Rum Cay, Bahamas

June 13, 2012 at 12:06 am | Posted in Bahamas, Billfish, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Marlin | 1 Comment
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This approximately 14 ft., 800 lb. blue marlin was recently caught and released off Rum Cay by Paul Updike and Capt. Glenn Cameron. To book your own Guy Harvey Outpost, Rum Cay fishing expedition, contact GH Outpost Reservations at 800.513.5257

“Fish Tales” Wins Bahamas Billfish Championship 2012 Opener at Great Guana Cay, Abaco

May 3, 2012 at 11:52 am | Posted in Bahamas, Billfish, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Marlin | Leave a comment
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Alex Vazquez led team Fish Tales to an impressive victory at the Bahamas Billfish Championship’s first tournament of the 2012 season at Great Guana Cay, Abaco. Vazquez and teammate Joey Souto caught and released four blue marlin and a white marlin to earn 2,600 points for the win.

The BBC’s new format allows teams to fish three out of four days with a required ‘captain’s choice’ lay-day. Like most of the twenty-one boat fleet, Fish Tales took day one as their lay-day. Shortly after noon on day two, Vazquez released the team’s first blue marlin and Souto solidified the tournament lead by releasing the team’s second blue of the day shortly before three o’clock.

Fish Tales added to their lead on day three with another released blue marlin. However, on day three, all eyes were on Give It Away. BBC newcomers John and Anne Aramendia of Garden Ridge, Texas brought Give It Away within 300 points of the leader when Anne released a sailfish, white marlin and a blue marlin for a ‘grand slam.’ John added another blue and, at the end of day three, Give it Away had accrued 1,500 points to Fish Tales’ 1,800.

More importantly, in BBC tournaments, 700 ‘grand slam bonus’ points are awarded to a team catching a sailfish, white marlin (or spearfish) and blue marlin in one day during the tournament. At the conclusion of the tournament, the Grand Slam Bonus points are added to the team’s overall score for that tournament. This meant that the Hatteras 60, Fish Tales, needed more points on day four to avoid losing the lead.

But on day four, Barry Weshnak’s Miss Annie grabbed the spotlight releasing three blue marlin and edging Frank Rodriguez and Fa-La-Me out of third place because Miss Annie was the first to achieve 1,800 points. Meanwhile, Fish Talesadded another blue and a white to finish with 2,600 points. Anne Aramendia released a sailfish adding another 100 points to Give It Away’s total.

The Guana Cay Championship win earned Alex Vazquez and team Fish Talesa Randy Rich designed trophy presented by tournament sponsors MarineMax and Hatteras Yachts. In addition, the Miami, Florida based Fish Tales received a $500 gift certificate from Treasure Coast Propellers and a custom set of teasers from Reel Tease and Chum Buoy. Capt. Chris Zielinski and the Fish Tales crew each received a Randy Rich designed trophy sponsored  by Steve Lewis of the Lewis Marine Group.

Billfish Invitational $300 Fuel Credit From Bahama Out Island Promotion Board

April 24, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Posted in Billfish, Billfish Invitational, Bimini Big Game Club, Fishing, Guy Harvey | Leave a comment
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Register now for the Billfish Invitational fishing tournament at the Bimini Big Game Club and you’ll receive a $300 fuel credit from the Bahamas Out Island Promotions Board!  The offer is available to any registered boat participating in the Billfish Invitational, and the $300 fuel credit will be applied to the folio of the registered boat at the time of the tournament. The fuel credit offer is limited to one fuel credit ($300) per registered boat. For more information, call 800.867.4764.

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