Save A Reef– Eat Delicious Seared Lionfish at Old Bahama Bay, a Guy Harvey Outpost

October 14, 2015 at 5:20 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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By Sue Cocking, Guy Harvey Outpost staff writer

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Growing up between the settlements of Bimini and West End in the Bahamas, Patrick Pierre really thought he wanted to become a pilot.  But after graduating from high school,  he decided to join some friends who were attending the Bahamas Hotel Training College in Nassau.

“I wanted to be close to my friends and I just went in and I loved it and it just took off from there,” Pierre said.

He found work in restaurants in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island before joining Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour on West End in 2006 where he is executive chef.  His seared lionfish (see recipe below) became a big hit with guests– after he gave them a little education.

Lionfish — an exotic species from the Indo-Pacific– have invaded the Caribbean, South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico over the past decade or so.  The candy-striped predators decimate local fish populations and can reproduce successfully in wide ranges of salinity, temperature and depth.  They feed by sucking in their prey and defend themselves with venom-tipped spines on their bodies.  However, lionfish meat contains no toxins and has a mild flavor.

“Most people thought lionfish was poisonous, but we explained it’s just the prongs,” the chef said.

He soaks the prongs in ice water for 24 hours to remove the venom, then re-purposes them as toothpicks for spearing conch fritters.

When Pierre isn’t creating recipes and supervising the restaurant staff, he studies languages in his spare time.  Right now, he’s learning Hebrew and he already speaks Creole, French and a little Spanish –in addition to English.

Here’s Chef Patrick’s favorite recipe for Seared Lionfish, served on a bed of sweet potato puree and topped with roasted corn and cilantro salsa and sitting in a bowl of bouillabaisse.

Preparing the fish

Scale and fillet lionfish, leaving on one side of the skin. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the fillet and dust it with fresh-ground salt and pepper.  Place the fillet skin side down in a pan of hot olive oil and cook until the skin side is crisp (about 2-3 minutes).  Finish in the oven at 350-375 degrees for 3 to 4 minutes.

Preparing the salsa

Roast fresh corn for 10-12 minutes on the grill, then cool and shave.

Combine fresh squeezed lime juice, garlic, cilantro and local hot peppers and toss with the corn.

Preparing the bouillabaisse

Make a broth by adding fish and lobster heads, conch and shrimp parts to boiling water.  Strain through a cheesecloth.  Add saffron and sea salt and pour into bowl about 1/4 inch deep.

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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.

Guy Harvey Outpost’s Popular “Burning Wahoo” Bonfire Series Tournament Returns to Old Bahama Bay For February 2016

September 28, 2015 at 4:54 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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OBB WahooWEST END, GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND—SEPTEMBER 28, 2015— The Bonfire Fishing Tournament Series, created and managed by Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts,  today has announced dates for the Second Annual Burning Wahoo Tournament , scheduled for February 25-28, 2016 on West End, Grand Bahama Island.

Chasing wahoo along West End’s Wahoo Alley and beyond this February will be top anglers looking to take home cash, prizes and bragging rights for the newest edition of the popular “Burning Wahoo” Bonfire Series tournament hosted by Old Bahama Bay Resort and Yacht Harbour.

The two-day tournament will kick off with a Captain’s meeting and barbecue on Thursday, February 25th and will then offer private party events (including a traditional Bahamian Junkanoo), a beach bonfire with a burning wahoo sculpture, and an awards ceremony dinner  during the course of the tournament.

This past February, anglers in 23 boats competed for the largest wahoo and aggregate total over the two-day Burning Wahoo tournament off West End. St. Augustine’s Fishin a Loan team emerged as the tournament champion, landing the largest wahoo at 63.9 lb on Day 1 and a 60.5 lb wahoo on Day 2 for a cumulative total of 448 lbs. Cash and prizes totaled $30,000.

For the 2016 edition, Tournament Director Cliff Jensen said early bird pricing (prior to December 31) is $300 per angler with a minimum of four anglers per boat. Also the first 25 boats registered and stay at the hotel will receive a $200 credit.

Jensen said cash, trophies and prizes will be awarded to the top teams. Go HERE to register online.

Sixty miles east of Palm Beach, Old Bahama Bay has 70 luxury guestrooms, a 70-slip deep-water marina with fuel and on-site customs, and a full array of resort amenities.

Available for tournament charter will be legendary Bahamas/Walker’s Cay Captain Billy Black and Dutchess, his 50-foot Hatteras, as a Guy Harvey Expedition Fishing Outfitter.

Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts, as part of  its “Travel With a Purpose” mission, which combines a unique celebration at Outpost Destinations while promoting conservation, awareness and education, is again partnering with The Bahamas and Old Bahama Bay to benefit the West End All Age School with an end of tournament donation.

Guy Harvey Outpost Initiates “Trash to Treasure” Art Program

July 10, 2015 at 6:23 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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11707509_946851132049337_3373697342381427908_nWhile a fleet of anglers chased mahi and wahoo in Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts’ Bonfire Tournament on West End, Grand Bahama Island in June, artist Bobby Little stayed behind, keeping very busy at a table in the shade of Old Bahama Bay Resort as part of the “Trash To Treasure” initiative of the Bonfire Series.

One of several artists to be featured in the Guy Harvey Outpost “Trash to Treasure” program, Little used a wet saw and grinder to demonstrate for local artisans and resort guests how to turn waste conch shells into fashion jewelry.

Over a few hours, the piles of discarded shells were crafted into beautiful designs of angelfish, sea turtles, mermaids, pelicans and dolphins.

Guests purchased the finished products for $10 to $20 apiece, with a portion of the proceeds going to local vendors. Spending about $1,300 for tools and supplies, Little says, a Bahamian artisan could set up at a resort and make back his or her investment in about two days.

“One full-size conch shell is worth $300 to $500 when it’s cut into jewelry,” Little said.  “You could create an industry on every island.  Anyone who wants to work can work.  Now you have a product made in the Bahamas you can sell in the Bahamas or you could export.”

The Bonfire Beach Bash & Tournament at Old Bahama Bay featured Little– a 53-year-old Hollywood, Fla. native who has lived on Rum Cay near San Salvador for decades and who doesn’t limit his artistic vision to mounds of conch shells.  On his frequent beach strolls, he collects washed-up plastic and turns it into trinkets; fashions rings out of whelk shells; converts dead coral into candle holders and lamps; and is best known for his dramatic ‘burning’ wahoo and marlin sculptures made of scrap metal.  A 16-foot wahoo filled with flaming palm fronds and smoldering charcoal dramatically lit up the post-tournament Beach Bash. Both the wahoo and marlin are expected to be turned into artificial reefs that create habitat for marine creatures and attract divers.

Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts proposes to launch a series of beach clean-ups combined with fishing and art festivals in the Bahamas and South Florida where artists would collect trash, turn it into something beautiful, and compete for prizes for the best creations.  Proceeds would be put toward ocean conservation.

“It will benefit the artists, the islands– anywhere there’s trash,” Little said. “And there’s such a large demographic that follows Guy Harvey’s name.”

Story by Sue Cocking, Guy Harvey Outpost Staff Writer

Billy Black & the Duchess Return to the Bahamas!

April 24, 2015 at 7:28 pm | Posted in Fishing | Leave a comment
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Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts announced that legendary sportfishing Captain Billy Black has joined the company’s Expedition Outfitter program, and will operate sportfishing charters out of Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour on West End, a member of the company’s Expedition Collection portfolio, starting April 15th. 

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Black, who has spent the last 40 years as a charter captain and operated a premier charter service out of Walker’s Cay from 1977 to 2004, has held, at one time or another, many of the Bahamian record catches for Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Bluefin Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna, Dolphin, Wahoo and Sailfish. The Duchess, his 50-foot Hatteras has just come out of the yard, having been fully updated and re-powered to offer exceptional comfort and safety.

“There’s 110 miles of water between Walkers and Bimini, and Old Bahama Bay is almost dead center”, commented Mark Ellert, President of Guy Harvey Outpost. “Few know these fishing grounds as well as Billy and The Duchess, and we intend to make the Outpost at Old Bahama Bay the go-to fishing destination in the northern Bahamas.” Sixty miles east of Palm Beach, Old Bahama Bay has 70 luxury guestrooms, a 70 slip deep water marina with fuel and on-site customs, and a full array of resort amenities.

“I’ve been ‘Dancing with the Duchess’ for forty years”, said Captain Black. “These waters are our stage, and we know every square inch of it. Customers of Old Bahama Bay now have an exceptional opportunity to join us on stage and catch all the action first hand.”

This June, Guy Harvey Outpost brings its signature Bonfire Tournament Series back to Old Bahama Bay for the summertime marlin and dolphin fishing action. Each Bonfire event is a multi-day celebration featuring art shows, cooking competition and extreme sport demonstrations with nightly beach bonfires of monument sized metal fish sculptures by artist Bobby Little.

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Outfitters, who deliver a great experience and actively support Guy Harvey’s conservation initiatives.

Black is part of an elite group of Expedition Fishing Outfitters including Miami Captain Ray Rosher, Islamorada Captain Randy Towe and Captain Anthony Mendillo with his Keen M Sportfishing Charters in Isla Mujeres, Mexico.

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Black Friday Deals at Old Bahama Bay

November 28, 2014 at 5:39 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Don’t miss out on this VERY limited special offer from Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour: Buy One, Get One – on hotel suites and dockage! Make a booking from Friday, November 28th through Tuesday, December 2nd for travel between January 4th and February 15th, 2015 and we will give you another suite of the same category and/or a dockslip of the same size or smaller for free!  Bookings must be paid in full at time of reservation and are non-refundable. Call 1-800-513-5257 or email reservations@guyharveyoutpost.com and mention Black Friday BOGO (bookings cannot be made on-line). Offer cannot be combined with other special deals or used for packages; available for new bookings only, based on availability.

Spend the perfect day and evening exploring above and below the living seas of West End.  These tours can all be booked before you arrive through our reservations office at 800-513-5257 or email reservations@guyharveyoutpost.com.  See full list and prices on our Activities Page.

Sunset Bahama Mama Cruise  Sip on a cool Bahama Mama while you cruise the north coastline of the Village of West End.

Stingray Feeding Eco-Tour  This once in a lifetime thrill provides visitors with the opportunity to meet our stingrays up close in their natural environment.

Native Fishing Adventure: Cook, Catch, Eat  Learn the native way of harvesting conch, lobster, and fish – plus prepare for cooking, and then eat!

Snorkel Adventures  You’ll see starfish, stingrays, moray eels, parrot fish, sea turtles, staghorn and elkhorn corals and so much more.

Ecology Tours  West End Ecology Tours can provide a true Bahamian ecology and fishing experience that is – simple, pure, and natural. West End offers some of the best fishing, deserted cays, snorkeling and free-diving to enjoy. Annual migration of spotted dolphins, sea turtles and numerous bird species can be found in this natural wonderland.

Fishing Tours  Fishing abounds just minutes from the Old Bahama Bay marina with numerous varieties of snapper, grouper and a multitude of other reef dwelling species along with bonefish and some of the world’s finest marlin, tuna, dolphin and wahoo fishing.

Personal Boat Charter  If you are interested in chartering “Rough Life” for your personal use (along with our captain), the hourly rate is $175 with a minimum of 2 hours and $150 per hour thereafter. Max occupancy is 6 adults and 2 children.

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Changing Seasons

October 15, 2013 at 8:11 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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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.

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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.  

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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.

Guy Harvey Magazine Editor-in-Chief Fred Garth All Smiles After West End Fly Fishing Trip

January 7, 2013 at 8:22 pm | Posted in Bahamas, Bonefish, Guy Harvey Magazine, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Old Bahama Bay | Leave a comment
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Fred Garth, Editor-in-Chief of Guy Harvey Magazine, caught this 11.2 pound bonefish off the West End of Grand Bahama on January 6, 2013, while fly fishing out of the Old Bahama Bay club with fishing guide Tommy Rolle, who is the son of legendary guide Bonefish Folley.

The Rolle family has been fishing the waters of the Bahamas for almost a century. Tommy has been guiding since he was 11 years old, and his brother Carl is also an active guide. Their father, Israel “Bonefish Rolle” Folley, was perhaps the Bahamas greatest fishing ambassador. He passed away in August at age 91.

Born in the island of Andros, Bonefish Folley learned his trade in Bimini and eventually settled in West End as the tourism industry began to grow. During his life, he fished with many celebrities and dignitaries including Ernest Hemingway, Curt Gowdy, Martin Luther King and President Richard Nixon.

Folley is immortalized in song by Bahamian musician Phil Stubbs who sings about the man who is meek and lowly, he is the one and only Bonefish Folley. The song is still heard on radio stations throughout The Bahamas. In 2006, Old Bahama Bay Resort and Yacht Harbour dedicated a restaurant in his honor and it is a must-stop for boaters who want to view the photos and memorabilia of this great fisherman.

Enjoy a White Christmas in the Islands with Old Bahama Bay’s “Bahama Bucks”!

November 30, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Posted in Bahamas, Grand Bahamas Island, Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Old Bahama Bay | Leave a comment
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Get Your Bahamas Bucks!

$100 Value for just $50, no purchase limits!

The temperatures are plummeting and soon the snows will be falling. Come winter, everyone knows it’s better in the Bahamas.

Santa and the elves have gone down island, working overtime printing Bahama Bucks at Old Bahama Bay. Fifty dollars gets you a $100 Bahama Buck! Stuff your stockings with Bahama Bucks till you run out of family and friends, or spend ’em  to double down on your someone special!

It’s not everyday you can trade in a $50 bill for a C note! Call it debt relief! Call it magic. We call it Bahama Bucks. They’re real enough. Use them to pay for your next vacation at Old Bahama Bay.  Call Santa today for details – 800.513.5257. But hurry, the printing press shuts off on New Years Eve!

Old Bahama Bay Resort Joins Guy Harvey Outpost

September 6, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Posted in Bahamas, Fishing, Grand Bahamas Island, Guy Harvey Outpost Ltd., Old Bahama Bay | Leave a comment
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Ft. Lauderdale, FL — September 5, 2012Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts announced today that the popular Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour is the newest member of the Expedition Properties Portfolio by Guy Harvey Outpost. Old Bahama Bay marks the third Outpost Expedition Property in the northern Bahamas since launching the program earlier this year.

Making the announcement today were Outpost co-founders Mark Ellert and Bill Shedd, along with James Culmer, the manager of Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour. “Old Bahama Bay is without question one of the most popular out-island marina resorts in the Bahamas, with world class fishing and legendary diving,” remarked Outpost President, Ellert. “It’s the front door to the Northern Bahamas for the entire eastern seaboard boating and fishing community, so Old Bahama Bay is a perfect complement to our other Outpost Expedition properties in the Abaco Islands .”

Bill Shedd, added “For Outpost, it’s important to promote the understanding and appreciation of a destination’s relationship to its larger marine ecosystem. From Old Bahama Bay on past the Green Turtle Club to the Blackfly Bonefish Lodge at the south end of Great Abaco island, there are well over 200 miles of shoreline, flats, reefs, coves and cays. Each is uniquely different, but together they make for a remarkably vibrant and diverse marine environment, offering great vacation and scientific opportunities.” The Shedd family legacy is written in conservation and marine education, having co-founded Sea World and the Hubbs Seaworld Research Institute, for which Bill Shedd serves as Board Chairman. Shedd is also owner of AFTCO, a fishing tackle industry leader.

Old Bahama Bay Resort and Yacht Harbour is located on West End, Grand Bahama Island, approximately 60 miles east of Palm Beach. The resort, with its 73 villas and full service marina, has recently reclaimed its operating independence after becoming associated with plans to redevelop two thousand acres of land once known as Jack Tar Village. The newly created management company, Island Ventures Resort & Club, Ltd., has installed James Culmer as Resort Manager.

“By teaming with Guy Harvey Outpost, we’re combining our top-of-class facilities and amenities with watersport enthusiasts and their families who are passionate about their time on, in, and around the water and their loyalty to Guy Harvey and his widely recognized brand of conservation, discovery and watersports adventure,“ noted Culmer in explaining the decision to affiliate with Outpost. “By joining Expedition Properties, Old Bahama Bay joins a select group of Outpost owners and operators who share this passion and loyalty and we look forward to working with Guy and his Outpost properties to bring his message of discovery to an ever expanding audience.”

Culmer also announced that Old Bahama Bay is celebrating their new affiliation with Outpost offering dockage at $1.00 per foot and room rates of $150.00 per night – with a third night free – from September 4th through October 31, 2012. “It’s our back to school special,” Culmer quips. “We’re back in class, so to speak, with old friends and some new faces. Today we’re learning everything we can about Guy’s vast world of science and discovery, and tonight’s homework assignment is to put that knowledge to work developing some exciting and unique fall and spring fishing and diving activities!”

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