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Fishing in Jupiter
Jupiter, Florida, could well be our new favorite place to fish. You can get there in just an hour and a half from Miami and its white sandy beaches and rich marine life make it a hit for anglers and sunbathers alike. Thinking about it, it’s no wonder that Jupiter fishing charters get repeat customers coming back time, and again. With some of the country’s best Snook fishing on its doorstep and the so-called ‘Sailfish Capital of the World’ just a short boat ride to the north, wouldn’t you want to call this your new angling home away from home?
Jupiter Fishing Spots
Seminole for ‘river of turtles,’ this inshore fishing sanctuary is one of only two designated National Wild and Scenic Rivers in Florida state. Get out onto the waterways, and you’ll find out why. Each of this river’s three forks is lined with mangroves, making it a haven for Speckled Sea Trout, Redfish, Jacks, Pompano, Tarpon, and—most importantly—Snook. Travel up the North and West Forks, and you’ll find some premier freshwater sportfish, too.
Take all the cool fish from the Loxahatchee River, add them to the Intracoastal Waterway’s bounty, and combine that with the open seas of the Atlantic Ocean. This equals Jupiter Inlet, one of Florida’s busiest waterways and the reason why this town gets called the Snook Capital of Florida.
Local reefs and wrecks
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Rules & Regulations
All licensed saltwater fishing charters in Florida cover fishing permits for their guests, so if you are taking a professional Jupiter charter you will not need to worry about buying a fishing license.
But, if you’re going it alone, you should get your Florida fishing license before you even think about baiting your hook. You can purchase these online or at your local bait shop.
It is relatively common for live bait to not be included in the price of the trip in this part of southeast Florida. Sometimes, guides will cover the cost of regular bait such as pilchards and sardines (if they don’t, you will want to put aside around $60 for a half day trip). But sportfishing charters that kite fish for Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, and Tuna, usually find goggle eyes are the best bait out there. Costing around $125 per dozen, these are rarely included in the total charter fee. Make sure to find out if the charter covers all live bait or not before you turn up for your trip.
Jupiter’s climate is mild all through the year, but it’s a good idea to bring a lighter outer layer, especially when fishing in the winter. Make sure to pack plenty of sunscreen, a hat, and non-marking shoes so you can get the most out of your trip.
Types of Fishing
You’ll find guides using pretty much every technique out there when fishing in Jupiter, ranging from casting for Panfish with ultra light 6lb line and artificials to deep dropping for Tilefish with cut bait and electric reels. Here are some highlights:
Kite Fishing for Sailfish
Kite fishing is just about the best way of imitating a flying fish skipping across of the water, and it has proven just too much to resist for many pelagic fish. Not least the Sailfish, which comes exceptionally close to shore in the Jupiter area. As long as the weather cooperates, this can be the most effective technique out there.
Casting for Snook
Some local anglers swear by live bait for Snook, but artificial lures are getting more and more popular. Whichever option you go for, you’re going to have plenty of chances to perfect your Snook fishing technique in Jupiter. These striking inshore sportfish can be found in abundance around the local bridges, jetties, and docks.
Traditionally, Swordfish used to only be caught at night, when they would come closer to the surface of the water to feed. Not any more. Daytime Swordfishing is one of the newest techniques to hit the sportfishing scene, and nowhere has it taken off more vigorously than in southern Florida. Using heavy tackle and, for the most part, electric reels, this is a technique that would have sounded absurd 20 years ago.
Now, you can battle these bottom-dwelling Billfish in broad daylight out of Jupiter—but it comes at a cost. Be prepared for long periods of waiting and for the distinct possibility that you may not catch anything at all with this specialized set up. But if you do manage to hook one and haul it up through a thousand feet of water, this really will be a unique experience. For experienced anglers only!
Trolling for Kingfish
Of course, trolling in the gulf stream has potential to get you hooking up with a lot more than just Mackerel. But Kingfish is something of a specialty in Jupiter, where huge schools of fish appear at several times during the year. Look for big ones in shallow water and target them by trolling with 30 lb tackle, using Blue Runners for bait. This can be one of the best places in the world to catch a Smoker!
Spearfishing for Hogfish
If you’re looking for something a little bit different, get under the water and take a look around the reefs. Spearfishing charters can get you shooting at Snapper and Grouper as well as Hogfish, one of the weirdest looking fish in the ocean.
Jupiter Fishing Seasons
Jupiter Fishing Calendar
What People Are Saying About Jupiter
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Be ready for any kind of weather. Even in the worst conditions you should still be able to locate fish!
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