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Guy Harvey Outpost Launches Newsletter – Read Vol. 1 Here!
Get Hooked Up
The fall bait run is crashing and splashing its way along the Florida coast, with schools of mullet, pilchards, glass minnows, and other species being blitzed by sharks, tarpon, snook, bluefish, mackerel and everything else big enough to gobble them. As if this bonanza isn’t enough to keep anglers occupied, schools of dolphin are still appearing well offshore, including some gaffers. In the Keys, fishermen are boating swords well offshore, blackfin tuna on the Humps, yellowtail on the reefs and releasing plenty of snook, trout and redfish in Florida Bay. Get hooked up on the action with the GHO Stay & Fish package at the Islander, a Guy Harvey Outpost Resort in Islamorada. For $404 per person, you and a guest get a two-night stay plus a half-day of back country fishing with captain Michael Venezia of Boned Up Fishing Charters. Or, if you would prefer to just chill, or check out the Islander’s water sports, dining, and diving packages, there are special offers for those too running through mid-December. Go to guyharveyoutpost.com or call 1-800-513-5257.
Fish to Win
If you are the competitive type, Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts has a couple of outlets for you: the “Fish for the Future” free, online digital tournament running through 2015 and the Burning Wahoo Festival Tournament Feb. 25-28, 2016 at a location to be determined.
To “Fish for the Future”, simply download the free iGHO Fish App on your smart phone or Google Play, then log your catches and take photos. Guy Harvey swag and other great prizes will be awarded monthly and at the end of the tournament in various categories. By signing up, you’re also contributing to sound fisheries management. The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission will use your catch data to help determine the status of fish stocks.
It’s not too early to register for the Burning Wahoo– a fishing, beach bonfire and arts fest that benefits charities. Entry fee is $300 per angler for a four-angler team before Dec. 31. Visit our Bonfire Series Page for more information and how to join in on the fun! The first two tournaments of the Bonfire series generated more than $5,000 in proceeds that were recently donated to the West End Primary School which enrolls 116 students in kindergarten through sixth grade.
With summer-like water temperatures and good visibility, October is a great time for newbies to get certified as scuba divers and for veterans to continue exploring the underwater world. South Florida Diving Headquarters in Pompano Beach and Captain Slate’s Scuba Adventures in Tavernier –both Guy Harvey Outpost outfitters–are the region’s top choices for instruction and dive tours. To celebrate Halloween on Oct. 31, both will conduct spooky dives. Capt. Slate will host an underwater costume contest and a beach party barbecue Captain Jeff Torode will offer a treasure hunt on a local wreck, and underwater costume and pumpkin-carving contest. Visit our Dive Page for more information and to sign up!
Further south in the Caribbean, some of the best diving to be found anywhere is at Isla Mujeres, Mexico and the small island nation of Dominica in the Lesser Antilles. Isla Mujeres, located just off Mexico’s Yucatan region, offers unique opportunities to dive with sailfish and wahoo crashing bait balls and also cage diving to observe mako sharks up close. Dominica’s underwater volcanic vents create a champagne-bubble backdrop to a breathtaking cornucopia of sponges and rich and diverse fish life. Your Isla Mujeres headquarters is Playa Media Luna; in Dominica, it’s the Fort Young Hotel. Call 1-800-513-5257 for reservations.
Sea Food and Eat It
With the opening of stone crab season on Oct. 15 and an abundance of delicious local fish and lobster harvested daily, Guy Harvey Outpost has declared October as “Seafood Month”. Chefs at our resorts and expedition lodges are crafting some very tempting dishes such as quinoa-encrusted silk snapper with a root vegetable mosaic and red hibiscus beurre blanc and seared lionfish with roasted corn and cilantro salsa over a sweet potato puree in bouillabaisse. Guy Harvey Outpost News will feature these chefs and their recipes weekly throughout the month. And we will also conduct a sweepstakes contest to deliver a Yeti cooler full of fresh seafood from Mangrove Mike’s Catering, plus Guy Harvey swag, straight to the winner’s door.
Our crew has been keeping very busy upholding the Outpost Attitude of travelling with a purpose. Outpost president Mark Ellert, along with sportfishing and watersports director captain Cliff Jensen and Bill McGough–president of Kiss Lure Company– recently returned from competing in the 62nd annual International Billfish Tournament at Club Nautico de San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Jensen also found time to sponsor a Loggerhead Marina boat for a team fishing in the Bluewater Babes Fish for A Cure Tournament on Singer Island, which raises funds for financially-needy breast and ovarian cancer patients. Guy Harvey Outpost donated a tournament prize of a three-night stay at Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour with dockage on West End, Grand Bahama Island.
The man himself, Dr. Guy Harvey, is expected to appear at the Oct. 16 awards ceremony for the fifth annual “Fishing for Hearts” Tournament at the Guy Harvey Outpost on St Pete Beach
We hope you like Guy Harvey Outpost’s inaugural newsletter and we would really like to have your feedback. Comment here, or send contributions or suggestions to email@example.com and we’ll see you next month!