In Case You Missed It - February 20, 2015 News

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Nova Southeastern University¹s Guy Harvey Research Institute to Conduct One-of-a-Kind Shark Race for Conservation Science

On your Mark! Get Set! GO! That's usually the refrain heard at the start of most races. However, Nova Southeastern University (NSU), the Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI) and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF) are putting on a totally different race. And unlike other races, in this one you don't have to run – that's because satellite-tagged sharks will be doing all the work. One of the world's leading shark research groups, NSU, GHRI and GHOF are launching the Guy Harvey Great Shark Race (GSR). This race allows businesses and/or individuals to sponsor sharks through the purchase of satellite tracking tags, which enable researchers and the public to follow these animals via the Internet as they travel in near real-time. The knowledge gained about the sharks' movement patterns helps to better manage and conserve these important, open-ocean species, about one-third of which are threatened with extinction. The way the Great Shark Race works is simple: The race consists of two “divisions” – the Mako Shark Division and the Oceanic Whitetip Shark Division. Participants sponsor satellite tags ($5,000 each,) which are affixed to either a mako shark or an oceanic whitetip shark. Then the shark in each division that travels the furthest in six months wins. But it’s the shark’s sponsors who really win – a Florida Keys fishing vacation! "We want to have some fun, but even more importantly use the race to bring added awareness to the plight of these magnificent animals," said Mahmood Shivji, Ph.D., professor at NSU's Oceanographic Center and the director of GHRI. "It's vital that we learn the migratory patterns and other aspects of these animals' lives so we can ensure they survive and thrive for years to come." Individuals or businesses interested in sponsoring a shark (or two!) can get more information by visiting Each tag-sponsorship is $5,000 – with the data they provide scientists about these amazing marine animals being priceless. The GSR kicks-off on Thursday, April 2 after GHRI researchers return from an expedition to Isla Mujeres, Mexico to deploy satellite tags on mako sharks. The second leg of the race starts on June 1, 2015, when researchers will be in Grand Cayman to tag oceanic whitetip sharks. The fin-mounted satellite tags utilize the latest in tracking technology to allow researchers and the public to follow the sharks online. “This is a great way for people to get directly involved with this cutting-edge shark research,” says world renowned marine artist and scientist Guy Harvey, Ph.D. “Plus, participants can promote their support and have bragging rights as family, friends and business associates follow their own shark online.” All human GSR participants will receive a custom GSR certificate featuring the name of their racing shark, limited edition GSR artwork signed by Guy Harvey and publicity to the 750,000+ Guy Harvey social media followers. The sponsor of the winning shark will receive a fishing trip for two to the Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost, in Islamorada, Florida. Sponsors of tags that report for one-year or longer will receive a signed copy of Guy's Book Fishes of the Open Ocean. For those looking to catch their own shark to tag, Guy Harvey Outpost Expeditions is offering the opportunity to fish along-side the GHRI researchers and have a front row seat on the water as their shark is wrangled, tagged and released. For more information, visit

Download the Full eBook of Fly Fishing Knots

Author Andy Steer is allowing his fly fishing knot eBook to be downloaded for free. This eBook is packed with knots, including: arbor knot, albright knot , nail knot , needle knot , braided loop , surgeon's loop, perfection loop and much more. You can download it here via Amazon.
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Three American Sport Icons Coming to Bimini to Chase Bonefish Courtesy of the Big Game Club Resort & Marina

Fly Fishing for elusive grey ghosts and the lure of Hemingway’s Bimini is bringing together two basketball greats and a legendary fishing Hall of Famer and author for a March 20-22 gathering at the historic Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina. More than 50 years ago John Havlicek and Bob Knight, racked up three post season NCAA final appearances as Ohio State teammates. Havlicek went onto a storied Hall of Fame career with the Boston Celtics with 8 NBA World Champion titles while Knight, also a member of the Hall of Fame, became one of college basketball’s most successful coaches, winning three NCAA Men’s Division Basketball Titles at Indiana University and amassing 902 Division I wins over a 43 year career. A few years before Havlicek and Knight met at Ohio State, Stu Apte was flying F9F Panther Jets as a Navy fighter pilot during the Korean War. Already an avid fly fisherman, Apte went on to build a reputation as top guide in the Florida Keys. His career as a top-notch angler blossomed, as his Stu Apte Tarpon Fly and Stu Apte Improved Blood Knot have become standards. A frequent guest and co-host on several broadcast and nationally syndicated fishing shows including ABC’s Wide World of Sports and American Sportsman, Apte is a member of the Fishing Hall of Fame, IGFA Hall of Fame, holder of more than 44 world records and a recipient of the prestigious Ted Williams Award. It was during American Sportsman show that Apte shared the camera with the rangy, 6’5” Havlicek, who was an accomplished and avid fisherman. He has fished in Alaska, The Northwest Territories and appeared on the American Sportsman with Apte fishing for sailfish in Panama. As for Knight, his ability to remain highly focused and dialed into the game on the floor, has made him an exceptional fly fisherman on the water. As he related to writer John Frazier in Fly Life Magazine: “You know if a kid is going to do what you’ve told him to do, and actually, I’ve had flies that have reacted better to my instructions over the years than a lot of the players I’ve had, so maybe I’m better at fly-fishing than coaching.” The Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina overlooks flats that abundant with bonefish, known as grey ghosts for their elusiveness. In 1971 a Virginia Beach sportsman named Jerry Lavenstein and local Bimini bonefish guide Ansil Saunders headed out on the Bimini mud flats to cast heir luck and hope for a trophy catch. Lavenstein and Saunders gained immorality that day with a record catch, a 16-pound, 3-ounce monster bonefish, caught just 300 yards from the Big Game Club. It’s a record that still stands along with other standing bonefish records in and around Bimini. For Apte, who largest bonefish catch weighed in at 15 pounds during the Redbone/Cystic Fibrosis Tournament in Islamorada, Florida, fishing again with Hondo Havlicek and a chance to chase grey ghosts with Bob Knight on Bimini’s flats is pure adrenaline. “It should be memorable,” he said. “We will be with some of the top guides in the business and I’m looking forward to being back out on the Bimini flats for some great bonefish and permit fishing.”
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King Sailfish Announces New Grand Slam Program

The IGFA has commissioned King Sailfish Mounts to create a series of Grand Slam Awards. The IGFA's Grand Slam Clubs honor the outstanding accomplishment of catching a collection of different game fish by one angler in a single day. (Billfish Grand Slam Award, pictured) For more, log onto All catches, past and present are eligible as long as they can be properly documented and have been caught in accordance with IGFA rules. It is important to note that fish do not need to be weighed to qualify, and the fish can be immediately released unharmed. Popular Grand Slam Cubs include: BILLFISH: Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Striped Marlin, White Marlin, Sailfish, Spearfish, Swordfish INSHORE: Bonefish, Tarpon, Permit, Snook OFFSHORE: Billfish, Dolphin, Tuna, Wahoo SHARK: Blacktip, Blue, Bull, Hammerhead, Mako, Porbeagle, Thresher, Tiger, Tope, White TUNA: Bigeye, Blackfin, Bluefin, Dogtooth, Longtail, Skipjack, Southern Bluefin, Yellowfin Besides Grand Slam, you can also go a step further and try and complete a Super Slam which consists of 4 qualified species, or a Fantasy Slam consisting of 5 species. In addition, IGFA offers Slam categories for multiple anglers on one boat.
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Temporal Variation in the Size of Dolphin Harvested

Comments from Donald Hammond, the director of the Dolphinfish Research Program The U.S. East Coast dolphin season has already started. Florida anglers from Key West to Cape Canaveral have reported making very nice catches of dolphin with some fish going into the 30- and 40-pound size range. As early as these fish are showing up in good numbers and the distance north that they have been found could mean they might show up off the Carolinas early, possibly by mid-March. Is this a sign that the East Coast is in for a good dolphin run in 2015? I hope so. This issue of the newsletter reports on work conducted in 2014 at Ripley’s Light Marina and Yacht Club in Charleston, South Carolina. DRP staff intercepted a majority of recreational offshore fishing trips made by boats fishing out of this marina on week days as well as weekends from late April through mid-August. Every dolphin caught on each intercepted boat was measured and its sex determined. This resulted in 141 boat trips being intercepted and data collected on 999 dolphin. One of the main objectives of this study was to describe how, if any, the size composition of the harvested fish changed over time, i.e. as the year progressed. The survey was conducted from when boats began making regular offshore trips in the spring to when they basically quit catching dolphin and few trips were being made. The results of this study should be viewed as representing the dolphin population as it is found off South Carolina. Similar studies in other areas such as south Florida or the Outer Banks of North Carolina may show different results. See the entire newsletter and reports

GoFree Now Available on Lowrance HDS Gen3 and HDS Gen2 Touch

Lowrance®, a world-leading brand in fishing electronics since 1957 — announced today the availability of the newly launched GoFreeTM Shop and wireless, cloud-enabled features on its full line of HDS® Gen3 and HDS Gen2 Touch multifunction displays. GoFree cloud-enabled technology gives users the capability to receive automatic software update notifications and be able to download and install these updates directly, guaranteeing the most up-to-date operating system with all of the latest features. One of the most exciting new features is access to the GoFree Shop directly from the displays. With the GoFree Shop, users will have the ability to purchase, download and immediately use Insight maps, and other third-party maps from GoFree partners, directly from the home screen of an HDS Gen3 or Gen2 Touch display. The GoFree technology also provides consumers access to the crowd-sourced INSIGHT GENESIS®. An easy-to-use, cloud-based tool, INSIGHT GENESIS allows boaters to open a free account, upload sonar logs, and download up-to-date, personalized contour maps and contribute to the community based Social Map. “With the addition of the GoFree cloud-enabled technology on our HDS Gen3 and Gen2 Touch displays, we have changed the face of fishfinding and electronic navigation,” said Leif Ottosson, CEO, Navico. “Anglers can download charts and updates and upload sonar logs directly to their unit on the boat. Anglers will be able to get on their boats and go, confident that the charts and software they are using are the latest and most accurate versions, so they can catch more fish and make the most of their time on the water.” The new HDS Gen3 comes with wireless connectivity built in and accessing the GoFree services is a simple process of linking to the local wireless or 3g service and logging into the GoFree Shop. For those with HDS Gen2, access to the GoFree services is available with a simple software upgrade and the addition of a GoFree WIFI-1 wireless module. For more information on the Lowrance HDS Gen3, the HDS Gen2 Touch, the entire Lowrance line of marine electronics, or to locate an authorized Lowrance dealer, please visit For information on GoFree visit

Anglers Encouraged by New Recreational Fishing Policy

Saltwater anglers welcomed the announcement of the National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy rolled out by the Progressive Miami International Boat Show. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) announced the policy today during a press conference headlined by its top administrator Eileen Sobeck. “This is a major step in the right direction,” said Jeff Angers, president of the Center for Coastal Conservation. “For the first time, NOAA Fisheries officially acknowledges the inherent differences between recreational and commercial fisheries -- and the need to manage the sectors differently. “The rubber will meet the road in implementation,” he said, “but this is a good roadmap.” The policy identifies goals and guiding principles related to recreational fishing to be integrated -- top-down -- into NOAA Fisheries planning, budgeting, decision-making, and activities. The goals of the policy are to: 1) support and maintain sustainable saltwater recreational fisheries resources, including healthy marine and estuarine habitats; 2) promote saltwater recreational fishing for the social, cultural, and economic benefit of the nation; and, 3) enable enduring participation in, and enjoyment of, saltwater recreational fisheries through science-based conservation and management. Recreational anglers and boaters identified their primary priorities in the Commission on Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Management's report "A Vision for Managing America's Saltwater Recreational Fisheries." The Commission, headed by Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris and Maverick Boats President Scott Deal, highlighted six key policies that would achieve the Commission's vision. Establishment of a national policy for recreational saltwater fishing was its #1 recommendation. Other key elements include: adoption of a revised approach to saltwater recreational fisheries management; allocating marine fisheries for the greatest benefit to the nation, and creating reasonable latitude in stock rebuilding timelines. Contributors to the work of the Morris-Deal Commission include American Sportfishing Association, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Berkley Conservation Institute, Center for Coastal Conservation, Coastal Conservation Association, Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation, International Game Fish Association, National Marine Manufacturers Association,Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and The Billfish Foundation.