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.

Calling All Mackrel, Snapper & Grouper Fishermen

January 15, 2014 at 5:54 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Join SAFMC Staff for Live Q&A Sessions via Webinar on Upcoming Public Hearing/Scoping Amendments
Staff will provide information on the management measures being addressed in each of the five amendments affecting the fishery management plans for Snapper Grouper and Coastal Migratory Pelagics (Mackerel)
The public is invited to participate in two webinar sessions with Council staff to learn more about the actions being proposed in the following amendments:
  • Coastal Migratory Pelagics Framework Amendment 1 and Coastal Migratory Pelagics Amendment 24 and 26;
  • Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 16 and Amendment 29
Staff will provide a brief introduction of each amendment and then will be available for a live chat to answer questions about the amendments.
To help the public prepare for the webinar sessions, draft documents and video presentations giving a complete overview of each amendment are available for viewing on the Council’s public hearing web page. The public is encouraged to view these video presentations prior to the webinar.   

Q&A Webinar Schedule:
All webinars start promptly at 6:00 PM and registration is required.  
Wednesday, January 15: 
Coastal Migratory Pelagics (Mackerel) Amendments




CMP Framework Amendment 1 – 

CMP Amendment 24 and 26 – 

Thursday, January 16: 
Snapper Grouper Amendments




Snapper Grouper Amendment 29 – 

Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 16 – 

Registration for the webinar is required and available by clicking the Register Now links above.  


Please visit the public hearing page on the Council’s website for additional information on each amendment, including the video presentations and public hearing documents. 

Big Game Club Fishing Report

December 21, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Posted in Bimini Big Game Club | Leave a comment
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CATCH: Wahoo, Yellowtail Snapper

Nothing kills a good fishing trip faster than the 1-2 punch of rough seas and mechanical problems. However, with a little help from the Big Game Club and family back home, these anglers not only salvaged their trip but they also filled the coolers before making it home safely. Cliff Jensen tells the story –

“Will (Diaz), Scott (Bradley), Jeremy (Garland) and myself set out on Friday into what was supposed to be a calm 2′ sea and a gentle 9 kt wind from the SE. NOAA of course was just slightly off when we cleared PE and were greeted with 6-8 footers and a steady 23kt wind out of the SE. No problem for the 36′ Contender however so we pressed on. Loaded down with gear for some reason for what was to be a one night stay, I spun what I thought was the hub on the port engine about half way across. We limped into Bimini and hit up Big Game Club to assess the situation. Cisco was a class act as usual and afforded us dock space until we figured things out. Turns out I had blown the whole lower unit! One thing led to another and thanks to a phone call to a friend, a wonderful wife, and a great Father-In-Law, I had a new lower unit delivered to Bimini the next morning!! We crashed at Big Game for the night and I have to say the place is looking phenomenal. Mark Ellert and the boys there are doing a great job at bringing not only that place back to life but injecting life into the whole Island as well. Lots of new shops open and even a new waterfront park…

Morning rolls around and after catching bait, the new lower arrives. We’re money now! Find a nice sandy beach inside a cove to change it out and bingo we’re in business. Time to fish man.

Got a late start due to the engine but managed one nice Wahoo that day in the 30+ pound range and missed 2. With the winds dying down and cooler weather, we decided to do some deep dropping and then just sleep on the boat that night at our yellowtail spot and get a nice early start in the morning to go for Wahoo again as we had to get home early on Sunday.

Got up early after a rough nights “sleep” on the boat and got on ’em again just South of the entrance off the ledge.

Cliff – that’s the best hard luck angler story we have heard all year! Next time, no need to experience a rough night of “sleep”, though – we are giving you a free room night during your next stay at the Big Game Club!

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