Posts Tagged ‘Artwork’

Sep 9, 2011

Guy Harvey and Surf Style Partner on Giant Mural in Clearwater Beach, FL

This 44' x 24' Guy Harvey mural now adorns the new Surf Style parking garage in Clearwater Beach, FL with the grand opening of the new Surf Style locaction last weekend on Labor Day

A giant mural courtesy of Guy Harvey, the artist and entrepreneur known for his depictions of marine wildlife, now appears on the side of a multi-story parking garage overlooking Clearwater Beach.

The garage was built by Surf Style, a store next door which sells swim suits, T-shirts, beach balls, and other beach-related products – including many that are part of the various Guy Harvey lines.

The city passed an ordinance in 2005, requiring any development project which is $5 million or more to include a certain percentage of the cost for public art, according to Christopher Hubbard, cultural affairs specialist for the city of Clearwater.

The developers can do this one of two ways, Hubbard said. They can set aside 1 percent of the project cost and erect the art themselves, or they can give the city three-quarters of a percent of the cost, and the city will decide what public art project to put it toward, Hubbard said.

Surf Style chose to do it on its own. The amount allocated for the mural is $125,445.

According to Steve Stock, president of Guy Harvey Inc., the idea came up a couple of years ago at an expo. Surf Style has been selling quite of bit of Guy Harvey merchandise, and Guy Harvey Inc. has done a handful of murals – including one of the Fort Lauderdale skyline inside the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport.

The mural is as much an advertisement for Guy Harvey products – Stock called the mural a billboard – as much as it is a work of art.

The mural is vertical — 44 feet tall and 24 feet wide — and is about 30 feet above the ground, said Hubbard. It was approved by the city’s Public Art and Design Board after the board concluded it met the three criteria required – that it’s accessible to the public between normal business hours; that the work is done by a professional artist; and that the proper amount of money has been spent on the project.

The Marriott Residence Inn in downtown Clearwater was also required to come up with some public art, which it did, in the form of some glass artwork and prints in their lobby, along with a fountain designed by a California artist.

For the mural, Harvey first put together an acrylic painting on canvas. That painting will essentially be magnified into a vinyl strip that is of the same type used to wrap an advertisement or a public service announcement around a bus.

Much like the Fort Lauderdale airport mural, the one on the Surf Style garage depicts the skyline as seen from the Gulf of Mexico. It features Pier 60, and, in the distance, the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa, and the Surf Style garage, with its gigantic mural.

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Aug 31, 2011

Guy Harvey Art to Support Marlin Conservation

Guy Harvey art supports efforts to the IGFA and NCMC in their "Take Marlin Off the Menu" effort

Marlin populations throughout the world are being wiped out by commercial overfishing.  Concerned about the health of billfish fisheries, the IGFA and the National Coalition for Marine Conservation joined forces in 2008 to create the “Take Marlin off the Menu” campaign. In just two short years, the campaign gained the support of such luminaries as Wolfgang Puck and the Wegmans Supermarket chain – as well as the attention of U.S. policymakers. Their support hinged largely on an Economic Analysis of International Billfish Markets which shows that the economic value of the U.S. billfish trade is almost nil in relation to the rest of the U.S. commercial fishing industry.

This new marlin artwork from Guy Harvey was created to support this important effort.  It is currently illegal to harvest or import Atlantic-caught billfish into the U.S., but fish caught in the Pacific Ocean flood into U.S. markets in substantial numbers, threatening the survival of these fisheries. The Billfish Conservation Act of 2011 (S. 1451 and H.R. 2706), introduced into Congress on July 29, would close U.S. commercial markets to Pacific billfish, preventing their sale and importation (excluding Hawaii and Pacific Insular Island Area). In short, this important bipartisan legislation will help restore billfish populations and improve recreational fishing opportunities while concurrently creating jobs and other economic benefits.

Your support of the Billfish Conservation Act would close the U.S. to commercial billfish harvest, importation and sale. It would have a negligible impact on the commercial industry in the U.S. while helping increase the abundance of these important apex predators as well as the value of the recreational fishery, which brings in billions of dollars annually but has a minimal impact on billfish populations.

To learn how you can help support this important Take Marlin off the Menu effort please contact the IGFA at www.IGFA.org or NCMC www.savethefish.org

— Bill

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Nov 18, 2010

Guy Harvey’s Marlin a Month | November

A handsome blue marlin takes to the air

As November arrived, I could begin to see that my goal of catching a blue marlin from Cayman Island waters during each month of the year was well within my grasp.  What I didn’t see, though, was sneaky Hurricane “Paloma.”  That was partly because hurricane season in the western Caribbean is generally all but over by November.  Additionally, significant storms don’t commonly steer toward the Caymans from the southwest — all of which is why no one was paying a lot of attention to a tropical depression off the east coast of Nicaragua at that time of year.  But on November 6, that depression evolved into Tropical Storm Paloma and quickly gathered strength, becoming a small but powerful hurricane as it buzz-sawed its way northeast and straight for the Caymans.  On November 7, Hurricane Paloma “scraped” by Grand Cayman and then spun east as a category 4 storm for a direct hit on Little Cayman and Cayman Brac early on November 8.  Sustained winds of 150 mph, nearly 18 inches of rain, and an 8-foot tidal surge caused an estimated $15 million in damage, mostly to the two smaller islands.  However, that paled in comparison to the $300 million in damage the storm accounted for when it eventually made landfall in Cuba.  As it turned out, Paloma became the second most powerful November hurricane on record in the Atlantic Basin.

Needless to say, that was an eventful way to begin the month, but with all of the excitement and cleanup associated with the storm, it was the middle of November before I was able to spend a full day trolling for blue marlin at my destination of choice —  Twelve Mile Bank.  Fishing from my 28-foot Scout Makaira II with Matthew Kinsella, we scored an explosive strike on the left short rigger, followed by Kinsella’s battle with his first blue marlin, a handsome 150-pounder, which we released at boatside.  Watching Matthew bring his fish to the boat caused me to flash back on my first ever blue marlin catch, a fish that was about the same size as the one I leadered for Kinsella.

Guy Harvey's "Triumph" is his latest t-shirt design portraying Hemmingway's classic "The Old Man and the Sea"

My fascination with blue marlin began at an early age while fishing with my parents around our home island of Jamaica. I remember what some might call a life-altering event at the age of nine while I stood in a boat cockpit next to the blue marlin that my mother had just caught.  The great fish was aglow with its vivid blue stripes, and I found myself eagerly drawn to studying every detail of that marlin.  I had already read Hemmingway’s The Old Man And The Sea many times, and here in front of me was the fish I held in highest esteem.  From that point on, I set my sights on catching a blue marlin of my own:  I worshipped this magnificent creature!  But that was not to happen for another nine years, as my education became the top priority.

While attending boarding school in England, I fed my craving for fishing with prolific paintings of the fish of my dreams.  I was fortunate that the school had a wonderful art teacher, Gillian Cresswell, who encouraged my preoccupation with Caribbean marine life.  I struggled early on with my classes, and when I got aggravated, I retreated into my fish art.  In 1973, I was sent to a school in Edinburgh, Scotland, to improve my grades.  While making progress in my studies there, it was during those long, cold, lonely evenings that I also made steady progress on my series of drawings depicting The Old Man And The Sea — the same drawings that eventually helped launch my career as an artist.  That year was also when I caught my first blue marlin.

While back in Jamaica between school terms, I was invited by my father to compete in the Montego Bay and Port Antonio fishing tournaments, both of which our boat won.  It was on the fourth day of the Port Antonio competition when I finally hooked up, and after fighting the fish from a stand-still in a dead boat for 40 minutes, I landed my first blue marlin, a fish weighing 145 pounds.  On the final day of competition, I caught a small 77-pound blue — which was enough for our boat to place first in the tournament — and then while trolling home the next day, I caught another fish.  After several years of trying without success, I had caught three blue marlin in three days.  I was thrilled, and remain thrilled to this day with each blue marlin I catch, admire, and return to the sea.

— Guy Harvey

Check this blog next month for my adventures in December, 2008, as I attempt to complete my quest to catch a blue marlin every month of the year.

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Oct 19, 2010

Guy Harvey Passes 200,000 Fans on Facebook

It’s official, Guy Harvey is a Facebook phenom. He might not have achieved Ashton Kutcher’s e-society geek status with millions of Twitter followers but on October 11, at 10:53 EST, his fanbase on the Facebook rocket ship blasted past the 200,000 mark.  Guy’s popularity began 20 years ago with his fabulous marine art and then slowly blossomed with his ubiquitous t-shirts seen at every fishing dock, tournament, and beach bar bungalow.  But he never would have imagined that in less than two years hundreds of thousands would be following him online.

“It’s an amazing phenomenon,” Guy said, “especially seeing all the young people who are attracted to my artwork, apparel, and conservation efforts.”

In fact, the Guy Harvey popularity surge toward high-school and college kids is due in part to the explosion in social media and his message of ocean conservation which resonates so strongly with today’s youth.  Ten years ago the Guy Harvey demographic was mostly grizzled fishing dudes with sun-faded Guy Harvey t-shirts stained in mahi-mahi blood and guts. Today, that paradigm has shifted dramatically.  Sure the hard-core fishermen are still solid fans but women and kids are identifying with Guy Harvey more and more as is evident with the meteoric growth on Facebook.

“We have a tremendous amount of pride in the quality of our products,” Guy said, “but it’s our message of conserving our oceans for future generations that is our core mission.  I believe that’s one of the biggest reasons for our growing support.”

The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and the Guy Harvey Research Institute have spent millions of dollars on scientific research to help protect endangered marine species.  Perhaps Facebook, Twitter, and other social media networking will help to perpetuate the vital conservation efforts of Dr. Guy Harvey.

By Fred D. Garth

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Oct 14, 2010

Guy Harvey’s Marlin a Month | October

Though successful through September, continuing my streak of catching a blue marlin from Cayman Island waters each month of the year had become increasingly challenging, mostly due to a very busy schedule and weather conditions that had allowed for limited time on the water. However, with the arrival of October, I was brimming with confidence.  This is a month I always look forward to because migratory yellowfin tuna and wahoo typically start to show up on Twelve Mile Bank — and you can bet that when tuna are around, the marlin won’t be far behind.  Before month’s end, though, October of 2008 would prove especially memorable for me because of a particular day on the water that was rewarding in ways that were much more meaningful than simply my year-long marlin-a-month pursuit.

Guest angler Evan Taylor hooked up with an acrobatic blue marlin like this one aboard Makaira II in October to help keep Guy's streak of marlin-a-month intact

Earlier in the year, I had been contacted by the Central/Northern Florida chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, asking if I would be willing to help make a youngster’s wish come true?  The mission of the Make-A-Wish Foundation is “to grant the wishes of children with life threatening medical issues to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.”  In this case, it involved Evan Taylor, a 14-year-old from Pensacola, Florida, who loved to paint and fish, but was suffering from lukemia.  When asked what he wished for, Evan said he wished he could meet Guy Harvey.  I was flattered to hear that, and without hesitation, said “yes” to the Make-A-Wish Foundation request.  In fact, I told them if Evan would come to Grand Cayman Island, I was willing to do more than just meet the youngster…I’d take him fishing…and we set the date.

On the morning of October 11, I loaded the gear into my 28-foot Scout Makaira II, including some souvenir Guy Harvey by AFTCO Bluewater T-shirts for my guests, and motored from the dock to the beach in front of the Westin Casuarina hotel, where I picked up young Taylor and his family.  Following introductions, and then getting everyone settled in my boat, I put out the lines and we all had some time to get better acquainted as we trolled west down to Twelve Mile Bank.  As luck would have it, on the first pass at the southwestern corner of the bank, a blue marlin crashed the left long rigger and the excitement began.  With rod in hand, Evan was already working hard on the fish as I quickly got him into the harness and spun the boat around.  The blue stayed up near the surface where everyone on board witnessed several dramatic jumps before we eventually brought the 140-pound marlin alongside the boat and released it.  To say Evan was stoked is an understatement!  We continued trolling and scored another bite in nearly the same spot, only that fish came free in midair.  Later in the afternoon, young Taylor caught a 30-pound wahoo, which we kept, and upon our return to George Town, took the fish over to their hotel restaurant, where Evan’s catch was prepared so that we could all enjoy a very special fish dinner.

Guy Harvey's dramatic painting "Deja Blue" illustrates why Guy looks forward to marlin fishing in October when yellowfin tuna move into Cayman Island waters

During our time on the water, it was evident that Evan loved to fish, but he also explained to me his passion as an artist, and his goal of someday becoming a marine biologist.  With that, I couldn’t let the day end without giving the Taylor family a tour of the Guy Harvey Gallery & Shoppe in George Town, plus a visit to my studio, where I gave Evan a few tips about painting.  Later, the folks at the Make-A-Wish Foundation forwarded a note they had received from Evan Taylor’s mother:  “The water was so beautiful and Guy was very gracious.  He served as a host, deckhand, captain and mentor.  The past year was such a rollercoaster going through Evan’s illness, and this was truly a time of no worries and beyond what we could imagine.”

Actually, the whole experience of helping to make Evan Taylor’s wish come true went beyond what I imagined it would be, as well, and fishing with the youngster and his family was and will always remain one of my most gratifying days on the water.  For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation and to locate any of the chapters throughout the U.S., visit their website at www.wish.org.

— Guy Harvey

Check this blog next month for my adventures in November, 2008, as I continue my quest to catch a blue marlin every month of the year.

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Sep 29, 2010

Guy Harvey Touches Up Cayman Airport Mural

Guy touching up his 32 foot long mural at Owen Roberts International Airport on his home island of Grand Cayman

The Cayman Island Airport Authority are sprucing up Owen Roberts International Airport, so asked me to come in and touch up the paintings that have been there for 6 years for the enjoyment of all arriving residents and visitors.

Guy gives the "thumbs up" to his barracuda among the back reef life

All the paintings were cleaned and restored and hung in the original 8 panel sequence, depicting the magnificent coral reef animals for which the Cayman Islands are famous. Going from shallow water with quintessential stingrays on the left through the back reef with tarpon, barracuda, parrotfish and hogfish, out to the deep fore reef with turtles, sharks and spotted eagle rays on the right in one beautiful sequence.

Vivid colors of sea life at the deep fore reef

It is the only original 8 panel painting I have done.  In the immigration hall of ORIA a 32 foot X 12 foot painting of a Cayman fisherman catching a giant blue marlin in a catboat is the second largest airport mural I have done.  The biggest is the 90 foot X 35 foot mural in Ft. Lauderdale Airport, Terminal One in Florida.

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Jul 9, 2010

Gulf Life

guyIt has taken a while to execute this latest project, but I have released three new designs to raise funds for research work on marine life affected by the Gulf oil spill.  Two of these custom images are appearing on t-shirts under the appropriate title of “GULF LIFE ” and one as a unique poster.  Delivery of the shirts will begin next week with $10.00 of the $20.00 retail price going toward the  GHOF (Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation) Gulf Fund.  Fifty percent of the poster price will go to the same fund.  In initiating this project I am enabling people who want to participate in the clean up and research effort to do so by purchasing a unique design and supporting my cause.  These items will be available through all the usual retail channels and outlets, such as Bealls Dept Stores in Florida, Bass Pro Shops, Academy Sports, Hibbett Sports as well as many independent stores around the south-eastern U.S.  Additionally, south Florida’s biggest newspaper “The Sun Sentinel” is featuring my art and these designs in a special editorial on Sunday to increase awareness and encourage people to participate in this project.  The funds will be collected and administered by the GHOF and then distributed to organizations currently conducting marine research work in the affected area, such as the University of Florida, Mote Marine Lab, University of Alabama and the CCA, just to name a few.

You can view the Save Our Gulf T Shirt line here.

While the “bottom kill” procedure is scheduled to end the leak of oil by July 30 there is still a huge volume of oil floating around the gulf, some of which will make its way into the Atlantic Ocean.  We need to find out which marine creatures have been worst affected, which have survived by tolerance or evasion and to gather information on mortality, particularly of larval and juvenile stages of so many marine species that spend long periods near the surface. This knowledge will assist in predicting recruitment of species important in recreational and commercial fisheries for several years to come.  These studies will greatly assist us in preparing mitigating measures against any future spills.  There are many other worthwhile projects happening.  Just yesterday the government of the Cayman Islands, where I live, announced its intention to assist with hosting turtle eggs and hatchlings that are being relocated from affected beaches on the gulf coast.  The CI turtle farm is the only commercial turtle farm in the world and has the capacity and ability to assist in this effort.  This initiative is being sponsored by the Tortuga Rum Company and by Cayman Airways.  Agencies responsible for such action would do well in accepting such a generous offer.  I look forward to your comments and your assistance in raising $ for this worthwhile initiative.  Take action now and get involved.

Meanwhile, fish responsibly and dive safely.

Guy Harvey

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Mar 17, 2010

Do Billfish Use Their Bills To Help Capture Prey?

Anglers have known for some time that that broadbill swordfish do in fact use their bills to help them secure a meal.  For example, Southern California anglers have watched firsthand as swordfish cut their mackerel in half with a quick flip of the bill.

While sailfish are best known for their above water antics, Guy Harvey also depicts them below the water

While sailfish are best known for their above water antics, Guy Harvey also depicts them below the water

Marlin and sailfish, however, were a different story.  There had long been a debate as to whether or not marlin and sailfish actually used their bills to stun and then eat a bait, or did they simply use their bills as a balancing mechanism to assist in their swimming motion? 

When a marlin or sailfish rises in the spread and attempts to eat the trolled lure or rigged bait, the bill moves violently in that effort.  Some have thought that the fish were attempting to hit the bait with their bill while others have speculated that the bill played no part in the effort and simply followed the movements and direction of the fish’s excited and hungry mouth.  Even slow motion video of surface feeding billfish could not conclude this long standing debate. 

Two Sails

Feeding sailfish as witnessed firsthand by Guy Harvey

This long standing debate ended during an underwater filming expedition where I was able to not only witness firsthand, but also film on different occasions both marlin and sailfish using their bill’s to stun and catch meal.  It was a real thrill to witness off of Isla Mujeres using their extended dorsal fins to corral the bait into a tight school.  It was an even bigger thrill to then watch the sailfish make a distinct motion with their bill to hit and stun the sardines and then circle back to eat them as they sank away from the school. 

The ocean is full of exciting scenes such as the one described above.  I feel so fortunate to have been able to witness firsthand so many awesome moments underwater, and even more fortunate be able to make my living bringing those scenes to you through both art and film.  My painting Two Sails was created by taking what I witnessed firsthand, putting that to canvas, and then on to fishing t-shirts and other items.

Billfish Feeding from Guy Harvey Sportswear on Vimeo.

Feb 22, 2010

2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models Wearing Guy Harvey Nautical Jewelry

Previously known for fishing clothing and fishing T shirts for hard core fishermen, Guy Harvey jewelry and clothing is gaining popularity with anyone that loves the ocean and the coastal lifestyle.

Brooklyn Decker and friends sport Guy Harvey Jewelry in 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Irvine, CA (PRWEB) February 17, 2010 — Guy Harvey’s famous marine wildlife artwork is now seen being worn not only by fishermen, but by men and women, college students, teens and even young kids. And most recently Guy Harvey’s artwork is showing up as fine jewelry on beautiful swimsuit models like Brooklyn Decker and Anne V in the recently released 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

Guy Harvey Nautical Jewelry

Guy Harvey Nautical Jewelry

Brooklyn Decker and friends sport Guy Harvey Jewelry in 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue “It was like walking up to the plate in the world series and hitting the ball out of the park at first bat,” said Jim Fortescue, owner of Nautora, the official licensee and manufacturer of Guy Harvey Jewelry. “I couldn’t possibly envision a better promotional opportunity than on the pages of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue for our nautical jewelry line.”

Just a few years ago, the primary place you might see Guy Harvey’s artwork outside of a picture frame, was on fishing t shirts worn by salt water fishermen. But that has changed as evidenced not only by the Sports Illustrated swimsuit models, but by the millions of dollars in Guy Harvey clothing being sold through retailers across the U.S. and online to a wide variety of people of all ages.

Anne V wearing Guy Harvey Jewelry
Anne V wearing Guy Harvey Jewelry

“Guy Harvey clothing, jewelry, and other licensed products are really striking a chord with a broad cross section of people across the country,” said Bill Shedd, owner of AFTCO Bluewater, the licensee for Guy Harvey apparel and operator of the newly launched official online store GuyHarveySportswear.com. “We have watched long lines of people of all ages wrapping around the block, waiting for an autograph at Guy Harvey’s signing events…Moms with 10 year old sons, Dads with 17 year old daughters, and college students both male and female,” Shedd continued.

“I think Guy Harvey’s growing popularity is more than just about beautiful fish art as fashion, said Mahmood Shivji, Director of the Guy Harvey Research Institute at Nova Southeastern University. “Guy Harvey is all about conservation, about sustainability, about educating the public, and about saving our oceans and the marine life so that future generations will be able to appreciate and use the marine resource as we have. No one is more passionate and involved with the ocean than Guy Harvey. He doesn’t just talk about it, he does something about it. A portion of every Guy Harvey jewelry, clothing and other licensed product sale goes to fund important marine research, and I believe informed consumers that love our oceans really relate to Guy’s commitment.”

Jessica White wearing Guy Harvey

Jessica White wearing Guy Harvey

Guy Harvey’s Facebook page has over 109,000 actively engaged fans, many of them college students and younger, supporting the claim of a widening audience. Both Guy Harvey Jewelry and Guy Harvey Sportswear are actively seeking additional product placement opportunities.

About Guy Harvey Jewelry

Guy Harvey’s artwork is now featured in a line of fine jewelry. Nautora has transferred Guy Harvey’s ocean themed artwork into three dimensional works of personal designer jewelry. The new jewelry line features an assortment of Marlins, Sailfish, Porpoises, Sharks, Hummingbirds, Sea Turtles, King Mackerel, Tarpon, Dorado, Macaw and Tropical Fish. The line features delicate pieces for the ladies, and robust, heavier pieces for the guys. Nautora has used a variety of combinations of sterling silver, 18k gold, platinum, diamonds and gemstones to create an impressive selection. All pieces in the line have Guy’s signature exquisitely featured on the reverse side. Guy Harvey’s Signature Jewelry is available at many fine retail stores. Prices range from $59.95 to $30,000. To locate a retailer go to http://www.guyharveyjewelry.com/locator/

About Guy Harvey Sportswear

Guy Harvey Sportswear represents a full line (over 7,000 styles and sizes) of high quality Guy Harvey Men’s fishing t shirts featuring his extraordinary detailed paintings of big game fish like marlin, sailfish, tuna and more, in addition to other men’s fishing clothing like tech and performance shirts, fishing shorts, fishing hats, belts, shoes, and sandals. There is also a wide selection of Women’s clothing including dresses, skirts, shorts, knits, tanks, and tops, in addition to popular new Junior’s and Young Men’s t shirt lines featuring more youthful designs and a slimmer cut. The Youth department includes fishing shirts, t shirts, and hats. Guy Harvey Sportswear is available at many retail locations as well as online at: http://www.guyharveysportswear.com/  (A retailer locator is available on the site.)

Feb 9, 2010

Guy Harvey’s Marlin a Month | February 2010

Fresh from my success in catching a blue marlin during the last week of January, I was anxious to continue my quest to catch at least one of these magnificent creatures each month from my home waters around Grand Cayman.  As February arrived, also “fresh” was my memory of last month’s dual hookups on blues at Twelve Mile Bank.  It should be no surprise then that I chose the bank as our destination when I fished with my brother-in-law Jonathan Collier, who made a February visit from Australia.  The day was relatively uneventful up until we finally hooked up with a blue marlin while trolling back from the bank.  During the lengthy battle, the jumping fish got wrapped up in the leader, but we were able to successfully release the 140-pounder at boat-side.

Guy finds the Performance fishing shirt and visor, recent additions to his line of Guy Harvey Sportswear, to be boat-worthy while trolling for marlin

Guy finds the Performance fishing shirt and visor, recent additions to his line of Guy Harvey Sportswear, to be boat-worthy while trolling for marlin

Next to visit, was friend and renowned English wildlife artist Ian Coleman. Ian dives a lot but he had never caught a blue marlin.  On February 25, after enjoying a fantastic morning dive at Tarpon Alley, we boarded my 26-foot center console, and once again I headed for the Twelve Mile Bank.  Our fishing activities were delayed when we encountered a broken-down boat that we towed back to West Bay, so we didn’t make it out to the bank until about noon.  Even at that, we were pleasantly greeted with an abundance of surface activity as frigatebirds worked over schools of feeding skipjack tunas.

It wasn’t long before we trolled up a marlin in our spread, but this first one embarrassed me — inspecting our offerings but then passing up all four lures! Feeling the frustration, I continued to circle the area until the left short rigger went down hard — blue marlin!  As Coleman was settling in his harness to prepare for his first-ever battle with a blue, the right rigger got bit — two on!  I left that rod in the holder while scrambling to retrieve the left flat when yet another blue marlin pounced on that lure.  Wow!  This was starting to feel like familiar territory.

The triple hook-up was short-lived, as the first marlin shook off quickly.  After another 10 minutes or so, the second fish came off, so Coleman was left to fight the third fish while I steered the boat.  It was a tough battle, but Ian got his first blue marlin, a fish I judged to be 170-plus pounds.  After a successful release, out went the lures again, and within 15 minutes, another marlin crashed the right long rigger and jumped going away.  Coleman was cooked, so I grabbed the rod and worked the fish to the boat, a blue that was smaller then our first at about 125 pounds.  That concluded 90 minutes of seemingly non-stop action where we scored five blue marlin bites and released two.

BLUE TANGO: Guy's painting portrays a blue marlin feeding on skipjack tunas, which was the case when he fished Twelve Mile Bank in February

BLUE TANGO: Guy's painting portrays a blue marlin feeding on skipjack tunas, which was the case when he fished Twelve Mile Bank in February

Two days later, on February 27, I snuck in my last blue marlin of the month while fishing with visiting angler Jim Armour.  We hooked up just off the area known as Papagallo on North West Point.  I was particularly excited because this was the first fish and the first marlin caught from my new 28-foot Scout Makaira II.  With a cold front approaching, we decide to squeeze the trip in before what would almost certainly be several days of rough seas.  Around Grand Cayman, the trick to fishing during the winter months is to carefully choose good weather days, as it does get very rough on the water with fronts bringing strong northwest then northeast winds.

— Guy Harvey

Check this blog next month for my adventures in March, 2008, as I continue my quest to catch a blue marlin every month of the year.