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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Expeditons, RVs, and Burning Makos Highlight Outpost Plans in 2016!

January 29, 2016 at 3:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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GHO1For those who did not with this month’s powerball and want a shot at great prizes, we offer the Guy Harvey outpost Adventure pack Sweepstakes Contest. Simply visit http://www.guyharveyoutpost.com/adventurepack-sweepstakes/ and enter for a chance to win a Garmin VIRB Elite camera; Ecorox waterproof bluetooth speakers; Costa del Mar sunglasses; Guy Harvey backpack by AFTCO; two Guy Harvey ‘survivalstraps’; and Guy Harvey towels by AFTCO.

GHO.jpgGuy Harvey Outpost announces it’s 2016 Expeditions with Little Cayman, Mexico, and Panama. Visit Cayman and fish for tasty deep-water snapper and have it prepared by a 5-star chef. Catch and release bonefish, tarpon and permit in scenic, undisturbed shallows. Troll for tuna and wahoo in the deep blue, and dive the steep and otherworldly Bloody Bay Wall– a favorite of scuba divers worldwide.

These are just some of the adventures awaiting you at the Southern Cross Club, a Guy Harvey Outpost Expedition Collection property on Little Cayman Island. Check out our fishing, diving and combo packages at www.guyharveyoutpost.com/gho-cayman/ or call 1-800-513-5257.

GHO2For a unique, out-island sportfishing expedition tackling huge billfish in the remote waters of Panama, Guy Harvey Outpost offers the Black Marlin Special through Feb. 28. Your party will have three sportfishing platforms at its disposal, including gourmet food and activities for non-anglers. Panama Yacht and Fishing charter packages range from $2,600 to $4,900, depending on the number of guests and length of stay. To book your Panama adventure call our Travel Desk at 800-513-5257.

GHO3If you have ever longed to interact one-on-one, up close and personal, with the largest fish in the ocean, now is the time to plan your adventure. Keen M Blue Water Charters will escort you to the largest aggregation of whale sharks known to science in the warm Caribbean waters off Isla Mujeres, Mexico. As many as 400 of these huge, brown, white-spotted gentle giants gather along with manta rays from May to September each year to eat plankton near the surface, and you will be snorkeling safely right next to them. If you just can’t wait for the whale sharks to arrive, you can safely go cagediving to watch mako sharks and you can also fish for, and snorkel with sailfish right now. Your shoreside headquarters is the Hotel Playa Media Luna, a Guy Harvey Outpost Expedition Lodge. For a 7-day, 6-night snorkeling/fishing package, visit www.guyharveyoutpost.com/gho-mexico/ or call 1-800-513- 5257.

GHO4Recreational vehicle enthusiasts will soon have not just one, but two fun, outdoor adventure bucket list destinations in Florida under the Guy Harvey Outpost flag.

Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts and partner Elite Resorts– manager of premier RV resorts in Florida and Connecticut–have just unveiled plans for a new Outpost RV resort community near Tarpon Springs on Florida’s Gulf coast. Located in Pasco County between the popular Anclote Parks on the Anclote River and Gulf of Mexico, this $15 million, 46-acre destination will feature 340 brick-paved RV lots and the full suite of resort-style amenities. Lots will go on sale starting in the fall of 2016.

Meanwhile, GHO and Elite Resorts are proceeding apace with plans to redevelop the Okee- Tantie RV park and marina on Lake Okeechobee. Outpost president Mark Ellert and Elite president Ed Mayer appeared before the Okeechobee County Commission in December, pledging to spend $37.5 million to build 125 brick-paved RV pads, a 20,000-square-foot lodge, 70 rental cabins, and upgrade the marina, among other improvements. Anticipated re-opening is summer 2017.

GHO5Scuba divers can hunt for treasure at night under the full moon each month beginning Jan. 23 with Guy Harvey Outpost outfitters Captain Slate’s Scuba Adventures in Islamorada and South Florida Diving Headquarters in Pompano Beach. Captains Spencer Slate and Jeff Torode will sprinkle pretend treasure coins on the reef for divers to find and redeem for prizes. Prize drawings and after-parties will be held on shore following the dives. Call 1-800-513-5257 for more information.

GHO6Blazing Mako, Fishing and More In Islamorada

A monumental stainless-steel sculpture of a mako shark by renowned Keys marine artist Pasta Pantaleo will light up the night– literally– during the Blazing Mako Tournament and Festival slated for June 16-19 at the Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost Resort in Islamorada. The fishing contest/art/music/craft/’conch-servation’ fair will benefit marine science scholarships at Nova Southeastern University, whose mascot is the mako shark. Pantaleo has invited local artists and members of the community to watch him build the sculpture over the next few months outside his gallery at milemarker 81.5, U.S. 1. When completed, it will be set ablaze in a bonfire on the beach at the Islander during the Father’s Day weekend festivities. For more information or to sign up, visit www.blazingmako.com.

But you don’t have to wait till June to get your art on. The Islander will host the Islamorada Fine Arts Festival Jan. 23-24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the beach featuring sculptures, paintings, digital art, ceramics, jewelry, photography and more.

The Islander is also a great place to stay if you plan to attend George Poveromo’s annual Salt Water Sportsman magazine fishing seminar Jan. 30 at Coral Shores High School. The day-long event features instruction, demonstrations, prize drawings and an after-party. Visit www.nationalseminarseries.com.

GHO7Eating Your Way Through Valentine’s Day

Guy Harvey Outpost properties Southern Cross Club on Little Cayman; Green Turtle Club in Abaco; and the Guy Harvey Outpost St Pete Beach will serve up exclusive, romantic Valentine’s Day menus and lodging packages for the weekend of Feb. 13-14. Call 1-800-513-5257.

GHO8Marine artist/scientist/conservationist/documentarian Dr. Guy Harvey plans to dive and shoot footage of the “Grouper Moon” near his home waters off Little Cayman Island with cinematographer George Schellenger this month. The annual Nassau grouper spawning event is off-limits to everyone except by special permit. Harvey and Schellenger previously produced the “Grouper Moon” video documentary and distributed it free to schools and conservation groups. Now they are looking for additional footage to update it.

GHO9We would like to know what you think of our newsletter. If you have questions, comments or suggestions, email scocking@guyharveyoutpost.com.

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.

Guy Harvey’s “Panama Paradise: Edge of Conservation” Documentary Scheduled for Release in Spring 2012

January 9, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Posted in Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation | Leave a comment
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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL—JANUARY 9, 2012— Internationally known wildlife artist and conservationist Dr. Guy Harvey, who took audiences across the planet in the award-winning Portraits from the Deep documentary series, is launching several new film projects in 2012, starting with Panama Paradise: Edge of Conservation due for release this spring.

“A critical part of the mission of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation is education and film is a superb way to deliver the messages of science and conservation,” said Dr. Harvey. “Only through understanding the issues can we hope to save our seas for future generations.”

In Panama Paradise: Edge of Conservation, Dr. Harvey and two-time Emmy Award winning producer George C. Schellenger takes the audience on an expedition where the jungle meets the sea in an explosion of life, an unforgettable vision of Panama and its surrounding waters.  The film will show how scientists are working against the clock to protect a land and sea paradise that attracts visitors from around the world.

“The film will feature massive storms, majestic marlins and even protective dolphins—all part of an adventure that takes place above and below the water,” said Dr. Harvey, whose latest documentary The Mystery of the Grouper Moon played a pivotal role in protecting one of the last know spawning areas of the Nassau grouper. An updated version of the documentary is in production.  Also, a film revealing scientific breakthroughs in the study of migration patterns of satellite-tagged Tiger Sharks is underway for a 2012 release.

Dr. Harvey and Schellenger have collaborated on several projects recently, including This is Your Ocean: Sharks, a 44-minute documentary depicting sharks in their natural environment. This film captures the adventure and passion of shark diving and evokes a call for conservation and protection for the species that today is threatened by over fishing for a growing demand for shark fin soup.

Trailer for “Panama Paradise: Edge of Conservation”:

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