Fishing News

John Havlicek Heads to Bimini Backcountry

The colbalt blue waters off this legendary island known for big game fishing might just turn an Irish green to welcome Boston Celtic great John "Hondo" Havlicek, who will be on-island next week for a few days of backcountry action.

Havlicek an eight-time NBA Champion and 13-time All-star will be the guest of the 51-room Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina as part of the resort's ongoing celebrity series, providing guests with opportunities to meet with personalities from sports, film and music genres.

An accomplished sportsman and fisherman, Havlicek, who was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1984, will spend two days chasing the elusive grey ghosts (bonefish) along the world-famous Bimini flats.

"Ernest Hemingway, Zane Grey, Michael Lerner and now John Havlicek, that's a pretty good group of anglers fishing off Bimini," said Big Game Club Manager Michael Weber.

From the Lucayan Indian word meaning "two islands", North and South Bimini along with its smaller cays, is part of the Bahamas, an archipelago of 700 islands sweeping across 500 miles of open ocean.

For generations of angling and diving enthusiasts, Bimini has been and remains the gateway to the Bahamas, a portal to adventure and experience perched at the edge of a sheer underwater cliff and the eastern edge of the mighty and mythical Gulf Stream.

Ernest Hemingway was an early apostle to the Bimini experience in the 1930s, where he drank, brawled and wrote his way through several fishing seasons, traveling back and forth between home in Key West and his beloved "Island in the Stream". His creative workshop was the Compleat Angler and his characterizations came from a world populated by giant blue marlin, bluefin tuna and schools of sharks almost too large to count. With his literary acclaim and sporting prowess, Hemingway, together with countless other kindred spirits, established Bimini as the Big Game Fishing Capital of the World--home today to more than 50 world record catches and counting.

Nicknamed "Hondo", (a name inspired by a John Wayne movie of the same name), Havlicek revolutionized the "sixth man" role in professional basketball, and has been immortalized for his clutch steal in the closing seconds of the 1965 Eastern Conference Game with Celtic announcer Johnny Most's famous call "Havlicek stole the ball!!"