The Shark Brothers Return to Montauk
for Inaugural Shark’s Eye, All-Release Tournament!
Sean & Brooks Paxton aka the Shark Brothers Work with Event Organizers and Supporters to Implement Shark-Release Fishing Best Practices, Satellite Tagging and Educational Outreach During Two-Day Event.
ATTENTION ALL ANGLERS AND TEAMS!
Limited entries are still available so reserve your spot now!
$975 gets you in and includes $500 for the Calcutta.
$10,000 in Cash Plus Other Prizes Provided by the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and a Custom Painting by Renowned Artist, April Gornick go to the Lucky Winners!
For more information about this event, call 631-668-5900 or visit MarineBasin.com
Shark's Eye is a charity event which unites fishermen, scientists, conservationists, educators, musicians and artists, to present a charity tournament where all sharks caught are released and only circle hooks are used. This is also the first tournament in Montauk to incorporate satellite tagging of certain species, allowing scientists and the general public to get a “Shark’s Eye” view of these animal’s lives and their movements. The two-day tournament and festival event will be held out of the Montauk Marine Basin on July 27th and 28th and is free to the general public.
We think this event is an important point on a timeline in the evolution of recreational shark fishing. Montauk is, after all, the birthplace of this sport. We’ve spent a lot of time here, over the years fishing and filming with the sport’s founding father, Frank “The Monster Man” Mundus, for a documentary about changes in the fishery in this part of the country and how sharks are fished recreationally so we're proud to be involved”, says Sean Paxton.
His brother, Brooks adds, “We’ve consulted with tournaments from South America to Florida to Ocean City, MD, but since this is Montauk, where it all started, this event proves that shark-release fishing is definitely catching on in an even bigger way. We’ve been talking to event organizers, April Gornick, Rav Freidel and Carl Darenberg of the Montauk Marine Basin about doing something here for a long time, and now it’s finally going to happen. We applaud them and everyone involved for staying the course and making this happen. We'd also like to extend our sincere appreciation to the The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and The Concerned Citizens of Montauk for the generous support they provided to make it possible for us to attend the event.”
The Brothers got their nickname, in part, as a result of their pioneering work in perfecting and popularizing recreational catch and release best practices for sharks by creatively combining the goals of sport, science and conservation in high-profile, public events they’ve created and produced, such as the Guy Harvey Ultimate Shark Challenge and Festival; an event featuring many industry firsts including satellite tagging, an observer program, the mandatory use of circle hooks and live streaming of tournament action to festival crowds on shore. In the Shark’s Eye Tournament, the brothers will implement similar elements into this event by working directly with Tournament Operator, Carl Darenberg, The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Dr. Gregory Skomal, Head of the Massachusetts Shark Research Program, Nancy Kohler, NOAA Fisheries Biologist and Zach Miller, a Shark-Release Fishing Specialist. Certain satellite tagged sharks can be followed by the public on the OCEARCH Global Shark Tracker.
The Paxton brothers are talented, innovative leaders in the evolution of shark tournaments from the killing of these apex predators, so valuable to the health of our oceans, into an exciting, education-oriented sporting event where the thrilling and dangerous act of bringing a shark alongside the boat for measuring, tagging and releasing results in an exhilarating experience for all -- the anglers, their families and the public. Peter and I worked for many years on ocean conservation issues, and I am pleased to support Sean and Brooks as they bring their comprehensive approach of shark-release tournaments to new venues along the coast. Congratulations to all involved in the new Shark's Eye tournament in Montauk."
Wendy Benchley, Advisory Trustee of Environmental Defense Fund, Co-founder
Peter Benchley Ocean Awards
While the action heats up offshore, the weekend will also feature fun and excitement for the entire family shore side with continuous events and presentations under the big tent at the Montauk Marine Basin including free documentary films by Guy Harvey, the Shark Brothers and others, along with plenty of food and drinks. Tournament and festival-goers will also be treated to a free concert at Gosman’s Dock on Saturday featuring MariGrace Dineen, Caroline Doctorow and Nashville recording artist, Colton James.
On Sunday, the Shark Brothers will share stories of adventures and exploration in the wild and their interactive work with sharks during an entertaining and educational live presentation, “Sharks – From Fear to Fascination”. This multi-media show provides a realistic perspective on sharks, as well a unique look at the history and evolution of recreational shark fishing, a sport that Frank “The Monster Man” Mundus started in Montauk in 1951. Invited special guests including Zach “Hammer” Miller of Team Rebel Fishing will join the Shark Brothers to amaze audiences with true stories of extreme giant shark catch and release fishing expeditions. They'll also share the latest how-to information for modern shark-release fishing. This show is rated “E” for everyone so bring the entire family.
Heading their company, Think Out Loud Productions, the Paxton Brothers are well known for innovative conservation work with sharks and the marine environment, but they’re also involved in a host of other production and education projects featuring a variety of animals, habitats and exploration topics. Their work as explorers and filmmakers has been featured on Discovery Channel, Shark Week, the NBC Nightly News, National Geographic, PBS and The Weather Channel, to name a few.
July 27th and 28th.
Montauk, New York - The Montauk Marine Basin
Free to the General Public. Tournament Team Entry $975.