BD would like to introduce Heather Harkavy, this month’s BD Fishin’ Chick.
BD: Where do you live?
Heather Harkavy: I grew up in Coral Springs, Florida. I am currently living in Tallahassee attending school.
BD: What is your occupation?
Heather Harkavy: I am a full time student at Florida State University majoring in Marketing and minoring in Hospitality.
BD: What are your other hobbies?
Heather Harkavy: When I’m not fishing, I love to scuba dive and wakeboard. I am the Campus Rep at Florida State for Guy Harvey and AFTCO. I am also helping to rebuild FSU’s Fishing Club this upcoming year!!
BD: Who or what got you into fishing?
Heather Harkavy: I owe it all to my dad. I’ll forever be his little fishergirl and I can’t thank him enough for getting me into such an incredible sport.
BD: How long have you been fishing?
Heather Harkavy: I learned to fish around the same time I learned to walk.
BD: What types of fishing have you done and where?
Heather Harkavy: I love it all, from sight casting to a permit on fly to horsing in a marlin. Fishing has taken me around the world to places like Alaska, British Columbia, Costa Rica, Panama, Brazil, and Bimini!
BD: What is your favorite kind of fishing so far?
Heather Harkavy: There is nothing better than fly fishing for bonefish, tarpon, and permit on the flats. The adrenaline that goes along with sight casting to one of my favorite species in shallow water and watching them slam my fly will never cease to amaze me.
BD: What are some future goals or plans pertaining to fishing?
Heather Harkavy: I would love to start a fishing show of my own one day. I also plan on increasing my involvement with Bonefish and Tarpon Trust, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, and the IGFA. My Dad is an avid volunteer and board member with all these conservation-orientated organizations and I would love to follow his footsteps in the future. This past summer I was given the incredible opportunity to do a marketing internship with Costa Del Mar. It made me very excited for what the future has in store, as I would love to be on the marketing team of a fishing related company after I graduate college.
BD: What part of fishing do you like the most?
Heather Harkavy: Fishing opened the door to so much more than just catching fish. For me, my favorite part of fishing is the personalities in the sport. Through fishing I have had the opportunity to meet life long friends, role models, and legends.
BD: Please tell us some of your proudest moments in fishing.
Heather Harkavy: August of 2013 I caught my 100th World Record. I had been pursuing 100 world records for 9 years (more than half my life at the time) and the overwhelming adrenaline of accomplishing my goal was incredible.
My favorite fishing story is the one that got away. I was 8 years old fishing in Costa Rica. We were trolling for roosterfish and of course the biggest roosterfish in the Pacific took the bait on the rod with the lightest tackle. I fought this fish for 6 hours on 8-pound test line. Throughout the fight, the roosterfish came up to the boat multiple times and looked me right in the eye, yet always out of gaffing range.
I fought this world record fish until my hands were cramping and my fingers were curling inward. As the sun got low in the sky, my father took over at my request and fought this beast for two more hours. Because it was getting so late, the captain insisted that we tighten the drag and when my Father did, the line snapped…an hour after the sunset.
Don’t worry roosterfish, I’ll be back!