In Case You Missed It - December 5, 2014 News

Our weekly coverage of the latest industry news, conservation notices and more.

Free Wedding in Bimini Shark Cage

Shark Cage Wedding in Bimini

For those dreaming of holding a wedding on a Bahamas tropical island, with travel by seaplane, a honeymoon suite named for Ernest Hemingway, tasty local food and beverages and a ceremony performed by a local sea captain, then the historic Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina just might have a deal of a lifetime for you. It’s complimentary, free, no charge for the couple— and for friends and family in the wedding party who stay four nights, they will get the next two nights free. What’s the catch, you may ask? The wedding ceremony will be performed in an at-the-dock shark cage, with a front row view of huge, hungry bull sharks, which arrive daily for their feeding. Several weeks ago, the historic Bimini resort, just 50 miles east of Miami/Fort Lauderdale put out the call for video submissions from couples looking to take on the challenge of a wedding ceremony in a shark cage complete with a local dive captain conducting the ceremony. So far, there have been few takers, however, resort management has hopes of a last minute rush for more entries. According to Weber, all couples need to do is to submit a video to the resort's Facebook page**http://bit.ly/1n7knsQ **and make their best case as why they should be chosen. The winner will be announced on December 30 based on the most "likes" received on the Facebook video posts. The wedding must be scheduled prior to May 16, and the couple needs to file paperwork two days prior to the wedding ceremony in the Bahamas and they must have passports. The resort in return offers complimentary roundtrip air travel (Fort Lauderdale/Bimini) aboard a seaplane courtesy of Tropic Ocean Airways, six nights in the plush Hemingway Suite and complimentary food and beverages. Captain Devito Bullard, the resort’s dive boat captain, will conduct the ceremony in the resort’s Bimini Bull Run shark encounter cage, which is attached to the dock located in the Bimini Big Game Club Marina. This famous Island in the Stream where writer Ernest Hemingway battled hungry sharks while trying to land marlin and tuna is home to some 13 species of sharks. According to the Bimini Biological Field Station, the bull shark joins 12 other species of sharks found in the shallow water off Bimini. These species include Great Hammerhead, Lemon, Caribbean Reef, Tiger, Blacktip, Nurse, Blacknose, Atlantic/Caribbean Sharpnose, Mako, Spiny Dogfish and Bigeye Thresher and Smooth Hound. Last year, the Big Game Club Resort and Marina, www.biggameclubbimini.com made international news with the opening of Bimini Bull Run Shark Cage, a first for the global shark diving industry, providing divers and non-divers shark encounters from the safety of specially designed cage systems attached directly to the docks. The system employs a unique "Hooka' air system, allowing non-certified divers to experience the opportunity in addition to those certified divers who would prefer to SCUBA. Photo Courtesy of Bimini Big Game Club
SIMRAD and Maverick Boat Company Team Up

SIMRAD and Maverick Boat Company Team Up

Simrad Yachting, a leader in the design and manufacture of world-class marine navigation, autopilot, radar, communications and fishfinding systems, announced its partnership with Maverick Boat Company. Maverick’s Cobia brand of center console, dual console and bay boats have long had a reputation for stunning performance and value. The latest release from the industry-leading brand, the 344 high-performance center console, will include the Simrad NSO evo2 glass bridge as its standard navigation system. The Cobia 344 CC with triple Yamaha 300-horsepower outboard engines offers the latest advances in power boating — all tailored to ensure owners the best experience on the water. Its electronics package consists of dual 16-inch multi-touch NSO evo2 monitors mounted with Teak Isle's flat-mount process and incorporates autopilot, open array radar, CHIRP sonar, GoFree® wireless, satellite weather, SonicHub**®******entertainment, as well as the feature-rich Simrad RS35 VHF radio with Bluetooth® wireless remote handset. Offering dual-discrete video output with full HD resolution, the NSO evo2’s black box system is two powerful MFDs in one. The system’s quad-core processors deliver unprecedented, completely independent display, performance and control of the latest in navigation functionality. Key features are quickly accessible from the system’s icon-driven home screen. Charts can be moved, zoomed and personalized with familiar consumer electronics gestures, and the screen splits and data-panel configurations are optimized for widescreen viewing. For more information on the Simrad NSO evo2 or the entire line of Simrad Yachting marine electronics, visit www.simrad-yachting.com.
Sportfishing Conservancy Scholarships Announced

Sportfishing Conservancy Scholarships Announced

Guy Harvey personally announced the winners of the 2014 Sanctuary Classic, a fishing photo contest designed to reward families for enjoying recreational fishing opportunities in our nation’s network of National Marine Sanctuaries and sharing their experiences in photographs. Along with weekly prizes for photos selected throughout the summer, the Third Annual Sanctuary Classic increased from four to eight the number of special Guy Harvey Scholarship Award winners that would be selected at the event’s conclusion. A panel of three prestigious judges — IMAX film pioneer Barbara MacGilivray, Hawaiian fishing television host Ben Wong and Guy Harvey himself — evaluated youth fishing photos based on the their portrayal of the following: Kids Fishing, Kids and Family Fishing Values, Kids in the Outdoors, Kids in the Sanctuaries and Kids’ Conservation. The eight young boys and girls selected to receive $500 scholarships from the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation are Parker Churchill, Joe Cutler, Mason Nunn, David Omura, Damian (no last name), Sierra Davis, Connor Creal and Teagan Barnhart. This marked the third successful year for the Sanctuary Classic, a summer-long, free competition designed to help promote responsible recreational fishing in our National Marine Sanctuaries. All people had to do was submit photographs of their summer fishing adventures in the sanctuaries or adjacent waters to the SanctuaryClassic.org website. Each week, winners were selected to win Guy Harvey T-Shirts and other great prizes leading up to the eventual selection of the special scholarship awards. Plans are already underway for the 2015 Sanctuary Classic, scheduled to kick off on National Oceans Day in June and run through Labor Day weekend. Learn more about the Sanctuary Classic and the ongoing activities of The Sportfishing Conservancy atwww.sportfishingconservancy.org.
New 2015 Yamaha Contender Miami Sportfishing Tournament

New 2015 Yamaha Contender Miami Sportfishing Tournament

Introducing the new Yamaha Contender Miami Sportfishing Tournament, which is gearing up for its 2015 event, held April 23 - 25, 2015 at the Miami Beach Marina on South Beach in Florida. With the highest Top Boat prize of any other sportfishing tournament in South Florida, $30,000, will make the Yamaha Contender Miami Sportfishing Tournament the most exciting sportfishing event of the year! It will be a fantastic fishing tournament, offering participants great parties, food, gifts, amenities and prizes, all while donating proceeds to various charities, scholarships and educational programs. The new Miami Sportfishing Tournament is designed to give anglers of all levels a chance to win great cash prizes and trophies, all while having a great time in the process. The tournament will seek species including Dolphin, Tuna, Kingfish, Wahoo, Cobia and Billfish. The winners will be determined by the combined aggregate weight of the 3 heaviest fish from each funfish species per boat, as well as 15 points added to the aggregate weight for each billfish release (up to 3 releases per boat). The $500 entry fee allows anglers access to the weekend’s events, parties, amenities and angler gifts. The tournament begins on Thursday evening, with a kick-off party and Captain's meeting at the tournament's main tent at Miami Beach Marina. On Saturday, boats can depart from any inlet in South Florida to fish from 7:00 – 4:00 pm. After lines out, the official weigh-in takes place at Miami Beach Marina. Here, the tournament will offer participants and the public a Baywalk Festival, featuring various local artists and craftsman, as well as our popular dock parties, offering drink specials, exhibitors, raffles, entertainment and giveaways at the weigh-station. This is followed by the tournament Awards Party in the main tent. The party is open to participants and the public, and includes a huge silent auction, offering incredible opportunities to bid on great deals including exotic trips, fine jewelry, artwork, fishing tackle, consumer and marine electronics and more. During this time, our tournament awards ceremony will be held with a Yamaha Motors dinner. The finale is the drawing of the winning raffle ticket for a 25' Tournament Contender Boat complete with twin 150hp Yamaha 4-Stroke Outboard Engines, a Bluewater Towers T-top and Leaning Post, Tigress Outriggers and Lighting and a Continental Trailer, valued over $120,000. Raffle tickets are available at www.miamisportfish.com, or up until the time of the drawing on site at the tournament. The Yamaha Contender Miami Sportfishing Tournament (formally the Miami Billfish Tournament) was founded over 33 years ago with the goal to raise money for marine conservation, education and promote preservation awareness. The tournament has donated over $725,000 to various organizations such as The Billfish Foundation, Coastal Conservation Association, International Game Fish Association, the Florida Keys Marine Laboratory and various educational scholarships. The event is supported by sponsors and product donations nationwide interested in giving back to the marine industry. Principal sponsors this year include Yamaha Motor Corp., Contender Boats, Costa Sunglasses, Miami-Dade County, Blanchard Machinery, Admiral Oil and RICOH. For additional information, visit www.miamisportfish.com or call 305-598-2525.
Costa’s Al Perkinson Accepts The Lefty Kreh Sportsman of the Year Award from Bonefish and Tarpon Trust

Costa’s Al Perkinson Accepts The Lefty Kreh Sportsman of the Year Award

"We wanted to make a difference, and we wanted it to matter in the end," said Al Perkinson, vice president of marketing for Costa, upon receiving only the second Lefty Kreh Sportsman of the Year Award from the **Bonefish and Tarpon Trust **(BTT). Perkinson accepted the prestigious honor at the recent International Bonefish and Tarpon Trust Symposium. The BTT awards selection committee chose Perkinson because of his leadership, strategic direction and dedication towards Project Permit, the joint effort between Costa and BTT to tag more than 6,000 permit in five years across Florida, Mexico, Belize and the Caribbean. The research generated from the catch and tag retrieval will help policy-makers and regulators reach informed decisions about protecting permit fisheries. The data will also help to shed light on questions such as: are the permit that spawn on artificial reefs off southwest Florida the same permit that inhabit the Florida Keys, or do they come from elsewhere; are the permit of Mexico a single large population, or are permit populations regional? “Project Permit is very much a grassroots efforts, calling on anglers and guides to tag permit and retrieve tags for the BTT to analyze,” said Perkinson. “But we believed – and we still believe – in backing fisheries management procedures with true scientific data, and in mobilizing the angling community to help protect the fisheries we love.” This is only the second time the Lefty Kreh Sportsman of the Year Award, sponsored by Bass Pro Shops, has been handed out. The first award was given to Bernard “Lefty” Kreh himself at the previous International BTT Symposium held in 2011. The recognition is awarded every three years to a person who has shown leadership in the fishing industry toward conservation, innovation, promotion, and conservation of bonefish, tarpon, permit, and other coastal gamefish. Kreh is admired as one of the pioneers of saltwater fly fishing who helped develop the techniques that have allowed saltwater fly fishing to progress to where it is today. He is a leader in communication and instruction, passing along his enthusiasm for the sport and the fish in countless books, newspaper and magazine articles, videos, television shows, and personal appearances. "Al has been instrumental in making Costa one of the top conservation supporters in the fishing industry,” said Dr. Aaron Adams, director of operations for the BTT. "His vision and energy helped to get Project Permit started, and has been critical to keeping the program moving forward. Without Project Permit we would not have made the strides in permit conservation that we have so far.” For more information on Project Permit, visit www.projectpermit.com.
Grady-White Annual Open House

Grady-White Annual Open House

It's that time of year again when Grady-White opens the doors for everyone to come out and view their line up! With 25 models to view, this is the largest display for Grady-White ever. This is a no pressure event with only one sales representative from each local dealership there to assist with any questions that you may have. Please take the time to come out and support a local manufacturer that supports conservation of North Carolina's coastal marine resources. Grady-White Annual Open House
Wednesday, December 10th, 11am-2pm
@ The Greenville Convention Center
303 SW Greenville Blvd.
Greenville, North Carolina