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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?

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The best place to start your fishing adventure in Jupiter is at the top of the Jupiter Lighthouse. That’s right - not on a boat. This way, not only will you get to tell your family you’re giving this historic 19th century building a visit for cultural reasons (they’ll thank you for it), you’ll also have the absolute best vantage point of the extensive waterways you’ll be fishing later on. If you’ve never planned a fishing trip from the top of a tower built in 1860, now’s your chance. 
 
Get back down to sea level, and we bet you’ll be heading towards the boat ramps before you can say “Mahi Mahi.” Whether you’re after a Snook, a Sailfish, or something completely different, here are some of the places you could be going to next:
 

Jupiter Fishing Spots

  • Loxahatchee River 

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. 

  • Indian River 

Part of the Intracoastal Waterway, the Indian River runs between the town of Jupiter and the Atlantic Ocean. Sheltered by Jupiter Island, it joins the Hobe Sound on its journey northwards. This is one of the main migratory routes for Florida’s most sought-after inshore fish. Everything from Tarpon to Moon Fish pass by these waters at some point in the year, and the sheltered location makes this the perfect place to hide when the wind’s whipping up the waves offshore. 
 
Typically, a half day trip inshore will take you exploring either one or both of these waterways, and can run up around $300 - $400 for a half day trip, reaching around $550 for a full day trip.
 
  • Jupiter Inlet  

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. 

Huge schools of Snook and Redfish attract anglers to both the northern and southern jetties in their hundreds. The crowds on the open waters can be just as intense, especially at weekends. An experienced Jupiter guide will help you navigate the strong currents and high volume of traffic. Once there, you’ll see why this is one of Florida’s most iconic sport fisheries. Not only that—it’s also your passport to offshore fishing.
 
  • Local reefs and wrecks

You don’t have to travel far to experience ocean fishing in Jupiter. Even four hour trips can get you hooking up on some tasty species. Find a charter that has a good bottom sounder, and you’ll be able to try bottom fishing over a variety of reefs and wrecks just 2-6 miles from the shore. Look for Yellowtail, Mutton, and Lane Snappers, African Pompano, Groupers, as well as Barracuda, Cobia and Kingfish higher up in the water. These sites can easily be accessed on a half day trip and will usually cost you around $450 for a private charter. 
 
  • Gulf Stream 

If you’re into deep sea fishing, you’ll love Jupiter. The gulf stream comes closer to the shore here than anywhere else in Florida. This means all the coveted reef and deep sea predators come to you, not the other way round. Species that could require a 40+ mile boat ride in other parts of the state are available within just 10-14 miles of the Inlet.
 
What does that mean to anglers? Well, even a four hour trip will get you targeting Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Sailfish, and Blackfin Tuna if you time it right. That said, when you have a fishery as good as this one at your fingertips, four hours can seem tantalizingly short. 
 
Half day trips range from about $550 to closer to $800, depending on the type of boat you go for. Extend the trip to a full day, and you’ll be looking at trips priced between $850 - $1400. Usually, the higher powered and more comfortable boats will come in towards the higher end of the spectrum.
 

...And That’s Not All  

As if the waters directly accessible from Jupiter Inlet weren’t enough, head north from Jupiter Inlet and you’ll be fishing the notorious 'Sailfish Alley.’ But it’s not only Sails that you’ll find here. These waters are teeming with heavy duty pelagics, from Marlin to Yellowfin Tuna and even Swordfish. 
 
Both daytime and nighttime Swordfishing are a big thing in these parts. To catch one of these coveted monsters, you will need to take a dedicated Swordfishing charter, which will usually last around eight hours, take you 16-20 miles offshore, and cost around $1500 or more for a daytime trip. Night trips can be a little cheaper, depending on the individual charter. 
 
Looking for the ultimate fishing adventure? Some Jupiter fishing charters offer blue water fishing trips that can take you all the way to the Bahamas and back. This 120 mile round trip will take you trolling for the giants of the North Atlantic. Blue and White Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, and Mahi Mahi are all potential catches. Stop for a breather, and you can deep drop for enormous and exotic bottom fish, including Yellow Eye and Queen Snappers, Groupers, and Tilefish. These trips will last at least 15 hours and cost around $2000 - $3000 depending on the amount of serious fishing you will be doing.

 

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.

  • Daytime Swordfishing

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

Winters in this part of Florida are mild and dry, making this a great time to get out on the water. You can find some Smoker Kingfish nearshore most years, with Sailfish biting well in deeper waters. 

The inshore action is hot, with Snook and Speckled Trout biting well. Offshore, Sailfish and Blackfin Tuna are whipping up a storm, with Cobia making its way past the beaches on its northerly migration. 

As the waters get warmer, colorful pelagics start to reach the waters off Jupiter. You'll usually see the first Mahi Mahi (Dolphin fish) appearing around now. Inshore anglers should look for Tripletail in the Loxahatchee River. 
Some people say April is one of the best times to fish in Jupiter. Large Snook is starting to congregate around the Jupiter Inlet, while offshore, you could be in with the chance of catching a Blue Marlin, Mahi, and Wahoo!
May is the first major Kingfish run of the year in Jupiter, Florida. Atlantic Kingfish come southwards to the local waters to spawn, bringing large 'Smoker' females along with them. Meanwhile, big Tarpon appears from the South.
The weather gets hotter. Expect to find large schools of Little Tunny (Bonito) nearshore. These little fish give a hard fight on light tackle. If you're after something bigger, the exotic pelagics are still around. 

Temperatures rise even further, making a boat with air conditioning sound appealing. Be prepared for short tropical storms in the afternoon—book a morning trip if you don't want to get wet.

The famous Kingfish fishery raises its head again in August—although this time, it's the Kings from the Gulf that are coming northwards to Jupiter. Paradoxically, you'll usually find the bigger fish in shallower waters.
Look for Mangrove Snapper as they spawn on the reefs and wrecks. Make sure to check out the "Chasin Tails" annual KDW Sports Fishing Tournament and raise money for poorly kids while catching fish.
The fishing action starts to heat up as the weather cools down. Expect to see the first Sailfish appearing as the water temperatures reach the high 70's or low 80's. Inshore, Redfish peaks as it gorges on migrating finger mullet. 
 
Sailfishing starts to get really good in Jupiter in November. Head northwards for the best bite and get ready for a fight you won't forget. There's no such thing as winter blues in southeast Florida!
 
Joining the Sailfish, you can expect to find the third, smaller, run of Mackerel at this time of year. Offshore, look for Blackfin Tuna. Nothing says 'Happy Holidays' clearer than some reel-screaming offshore fishing. 

Jupiter Fishing Calendar

What People Are Saying About Jupiter

"Fishing with Allen"

Bill Pollak fished with Snook Action Charters on March 20, 2018

go with an experienced capt.like cap johnson for the best trip

"Inshore 1/2 day in AM"

James Studer fished with Gettin Lucky Sportfishing on January 12, 2018

Consider fishing intercostal waterway. Easy yet fun way to get started for the less experienced.

"Snook night trip"

Randall Humphreys fished with Snook Action Charters on November 25, 2017

At night time I would definitely take a jacket ie wind breaker.
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Top Fishing Techniques in Jupiter

  1. 1 Deep Sea Fishing

Top Targeted Species in Jupiter

Cobia

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Sailfish