By Sue Cocking, Guy Harvey Outpost staff writer Late summer/early autumn is prime time for flats fishing in the Keys and the Bahamas. With few visiting anglers and plenty of bonefish, you have the shallow, …
Bimini Big Game Club Launches Sportfishing Charter Boat Operations
“We’re committed to reestablishing The Big Game Club as a go-to destination for top-of-class offshore anglers,“ commented Guy Harvey, Chairman of Guy Harvey Outpost. “Getting our charter operation running will be a great amenity for both accomplished and recreational anglers who don’t have the time or desire to get their boat across the stream.”
Adds Mark Ellert, president of Guy Harvey Outpost, “It’s a Hatteras with all the gear it takes to get fish to the boat; the rest will be up to our Club anglers!” The Carolina Gentleman, according to Gentry, is equipped with all tournament quality rods and reels by Penn International and Shimano Tiagra and a large Unlimited Class Pompanette International all-teak fighting chair.
Son of Butch Gentry, a prominent Carolina marina owner and yacht broker, Skipper spent his childhood at the Club where his father was a member and frequent tournament participant. “I guess you could say The Big Game Club is in my DNA,” said Gentry, who began fishing the local offshore tournaments in North Carolina in 2003 in a 23’ Mako. “I’m extremely happy to join the Big Game Club as it’s at the epicenter of one of the world’s finest sportfishing experiences.”
While at the Big Game Club, Gentry will be filming segments for a documentary style series entitled “Bones to Bills”, in which the Carolina Gentleman will explore all aspects of the sportfishing lifestyle.
“Throughout the series many different people from high profile, experienced anglers to first timers will be experiencing everything from light tackle on the flats to the blue marlin in the deep,” Gentry commented.
Bimini’s location along the legendary Gulfstream (a “river” of warm water) location is at the apex of a superhighway for migrating fish and acts as a kind of sushi conveyor belt carrying abundant food to the local fish. Deepwater game fish include marlin, tuna, sailfish, wahoo and swordfish, while big grouper, barracuda and schools of snapper can be found on the reefs. Bimini’s flats are home the fishermen’s favorite prey, bonefish and permit. With more than 50-record-setting catches in the waters around the island, Bimini has earned its title of Sport Fishing Capital of the World.
The Bimini Big Game Club, a Guy Harvey Outpost, recently hosted Leg 1 of the Bahamas Wahoo Challenge, which marked the return of this legendary sportfishing outpost to tournament fishing, according to Big Game Club officials. Upping the ante this spring, Guy Harvey and his Outpost crew, in partnership with the IGFA, will host their inaugural Bimini Billfish Tournament at the Big Game Club on May 18th, the first in a series of Outpost tournaments to be held at the club throughout the year.
The Bimini Big Game Club has played host to numerous major sportfishing tournaments for more than half a century. Closed for two years, the Club re-opened this summer as a Guy Harvey Outpost Resort & Marina following completion of a multi-million dollar renovation that included all guest rooms, opening of the new Bimini Big Game Bar & Grill and launch of the Outpost Outfitter, a retail experience featuring Guy Harvey sportswear, fishing supplies and gifts.