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Bid to Support Ocean Scholarships at the Blazing Mako
By Sue Cocking, Guy Harvey Outpost Travel Journalist
Custom-made offshore trolling lures; jewelry, sculptures and paintings; Guy Harvey swag; marine electronics. These are just a handful of the items up for bid in the silent auction of the Blazing Mako Tournament & Festival presented by C. Davis Electric June 17-19 at the Islander, a Guy Harvey Outpost in Islamorada.
The aim of the Father’s Day Weekend event is to raise as much money as possible for scholarships for students at the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography at Nova Southeastern University whose mascot is the mako shark. The more you bid, the more money that will be paid out through the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.
World-renowned sculptor Kent Ullberg is donating a 12-inch bronze statue of a blue marlin valued at $1,300 to the silent auction. He also created the bronze perpetual trophy of a mako shark for the Blazing Mako fishing tournament.
“I love to fish and I have fished and dived together with Guy Harvey, diving in all the world’s oceans,” Ullberg said. “Together we have studied gamefish. I’ve learned more about fish anatomy from Guy Harvey than anyone. For anatomy and getting it right, he’s been my mentor.”
Others donating merchandise or gift certificates to the silent auction include: Bost Lures; Yankee Capts; Connley Fishing; Captain Slate’s Scuba Adventures; ACR/Artex; Alison Studios; Seaside Glassworks; Veronica’s Art & Glass Studio; Guy Harvey Inc.; Lobster Trap; Hilton West Palm Beach; Tropical Seas, Inc./Reef Safe; OK Corral Gun Club; Dolphin Research Center; Quail Creek Plantation; Aromaflage; Art 31; As-Built Media; BBT Center & NSU Sharks; Binka; Blue Marlin Jewelry; Boatyard; Bonnet House Museum & Gardens; Busch Gardens; Buzz On Islamorada Fishing Charters; Chef Michael’s Restaurant; Costa del Mar; E-Searider; ECOXGEAR; Florida Panthers; Grande Oaks; History of Diving Museum; Holiday Inn Tampa Westshore; Riverside Hotel; International Wine & Spirits; Jason Arnold Photography; Kate Spade; Key Largo Salon & Spa; K.I.S.Saltwater Lures; LMR Custom Rods & Tackle; Miami Heat; Miami Hurricanes; Miccosukee Resort & Gaming; Native Wave Movement; Old Bahama Bay; PGA National Resort & Spa; Post Card Inn; Pusser’s Rum; Redbone Celebrity Fishing Gallery; Stu Apte; Florida Keys Restaurant Management; Tradewinds Island Resorts/Guy Harvey Outpost St. Pete Beach; Treasure Cay Beach, Marina & Golf Resort; Tropic Ocean Airways.
Besides the silent auction, the Blazing Mako will feature inshore and offshore fishing tournaments; a Conch-servation and Artists Village; rum tastings; fishing seminar; kids’ pier fishing tournament; paddleboard poker run; music; and the signature beachside bonfire lighting of a huge, metal mako sculpture by Islamorada artist Pasta Pantaleo. Also, check out the Guy Harvey Jeep while there!
To learn more about the event, visit www.blazingmako.com.#BlazingMako
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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