Deputy enjoys Guy Harvey-Style fishing on Lake Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE — For his first time fishing the legendary Lake Okeechobee, Hillsborough County Deputy Larry Davis put up some impressive Guy Harvey-type numbers with a bass outing to remember.

Left to right are Larry Davis, Captain Scott Kerslake and Jeremy Goff. Photo: Special to the Okeechobee News/Chris Langlos, Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts.

Left to right are Larry Davis, Captain Scott Kerslake and Jeremy Goff. Photo: Special to the Okeechobee News/Chris Langlos, Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts.

Davis, from Lakeland, Fla., who earlier this year won an on-line competition for a Guy Harvey Outpost Lake Okeechobee fishing adventure, along with his fishing companion and fellow sheriff deputy, Jeremy Goff, landed 30 bass during a morning outing guided by Captain Scott Kerslake.

It was a fishing trip to remember for the Central Florida native, who spends quite a bit of time fishing and hunting, but never experienced the fresh water action on “The Big O.”

“Now I know why they call it the best bass fishing experience in America,” said Davis.

Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts recently teamed with RV Campground developer Elite Resorts to transform Okeechobee County’s Okee-Tantie Campground and Marina into a bucket list vacation destination for North America’s nation of RV and boating/fishing enthusiasts. Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts promotes the adventure lifestyle of Guy Harvey, a world-renowned marine artist, documentarian, underwater explorer, marine scientist, conservation advocate and world-class fisherman.

Comprising over 100 acres overlooking Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, redevelopment plans for Phase I include a new Guy Harvey Outfitter Store with riverfront tiki bar, 40-slip boat barn, and a 10,000 sq. ft. waterfront clubhouse featuring the Guy Harvey River Grill and Bar to serve the community, campground and 40 cabins available for overnight lodging. Anticipated reopening is spring, 2017.

The on-line drawing hosted by Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts also included freshwater lure kits from DOA Lures, a custom rod from SaltH2o Customs, Guy Harvey Fishing shirts, two personalized Guy Harvey Law Enforcement Mugs and bass fishing decals from Guy Harvey Outpost.

Dawn on Lake Okeechobee. Photo Credit: Chris Langlos, Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts.

Dawn on Lake Okeechobee. Photo Credit: Chris Langlos, Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts.

A professional tournament fisherman, Capt. Kerslake is considered one of Lake Okeechobee’s top bass fishing guides. Lake Okeechobee, considered the Mother of the Everglades, is known internationally for its Largemouth Bass Fishing. The Big O is the second largest lake in the United States.

As a follow on to their Okeechobee Fishing Outing, Guy Harvey Outpost this month is hosting an online sweepstakes aimed at Wingshooters and outdoor enthusiasts for some great duck hunting and other prizes. To register for the Gamefish, Hunting and Outdoors Sweepstakes (ending Nov. 30), go to www.guyharveyoutpost.com/ghowin/.

About Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts

Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts is based in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The company’s Signature Collection properties operate under the Guy Harvey Outpost brand name, with resorts currently in Florida’s popular destinations of St. Pete Beach and Islamorada. The newest Guy Harvey Outpost Resort will open on St. Augustine Beach in spring, 2016.

Members of the company’s Expedition Portfolio are independently operated and managed boutique-sized hotels and lodges in remote destinations that offer superior service and amenities. Member hotels enjoy access to Outpost marketing and its reservation system and on-line booking engine. Expedition Properties include three in the Bahamas: Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour at West End and the Green Turtle Club and Blackfly Bonefish Lodge, both in the Abaco Islands, Hotel Playa Media Luna in Isla Mujeres, Mexico, Southern Cross Club on Little Cayman Island and Ft. George Hotel in Dominica.

Through the company’s GHOFish program, Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts promotes scientific angling expeditions, tournaments and charters. Expedition Outfitters an invitation-only collection of top-of-class dive shops and guided or charter boat fishing outfitters.

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