Use select input without the options or overlay interfaces

I have a form item for which I’ll be opening a modal. It requires a search and has too many items to be done in any of the other overlay interfaces (alert, action sheet, or popover).

But I’d still like to use the styling of the ion-select in the form. Has anyone accomplished this? I’ve tried something like the below, but the select is still opening the alert at the same time as the modal.

<ion-item (click)="presentModal()">
    <ion-label position="fixed">My Select</ion-label>
    <ion-select [selectedText]="valueReturnedFromModal"></ion-select>