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Children and grandchildren love fishing. For as long as I can remember, fishing has been one of the best ways to keep solid, lifelong bonds between generations. Kids who fish with their parents and grandparents tend to keep the love of the water and fishing going for decades.
And fishing in our area is as easy and afford-able as anyone can imagine. Try visiting the Juno Pier where it's possible to catch anything from tuna to mackerel to snook.
The pier is very user-friendly to all ages, where adults pay only $3 for admission to fish. If you are not fishing, you can take a walk along the pier for a $1.
We also have a nice place to fish over at Jupiter Inlet, which of course is free. Anglers can also catch a variety of fish along our beautiful beaches and a few select bridges. This time of the year is a great time to try your hand at catching the famous largemouth bass, which can be caught in just about any lake or pond.
Other options include three types of hired fishing trips: drift boats, sport fishing boats, and guide boats. Drift boats are typically about 40 feet long and are available to carry up to six passengers for about $60 a person.
Large party boats (a type of drift boat), like the Blue Heron fleet, charge $30 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under and can carry a larger capacity of people. Large party boats are typically 80 feet long or larger.
Sport fishing boats carry up to six passengers and typically target offshore fish such as sail-fish. Sport fishing prices vary depending upon the size of the boat and its accommodations.
Lastly, you can receive personalized fishing instruction via a guide service. No matter which option you choose, almost all the local captains and crews are professional, nice to their guests, and almost always catch fish. Plus they supply bait, tackle and all necessary licenses.
Remember, when it comes to fishing, local knowledge is tough to beat.
Anglers catch blue marlin, yellowfin
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When it comes to fishing, there is no doubt that every day is different. This past week, anglers caught at least five blue marlin. Most of the fish were about 300 pounds or less — small for blue marlin but big fish nonetheless.
Another welcome surprise for a few lucky fishermen were some yellowfin tuna up to 50 pounds. Capt. Bill Taylor of the Black Dog saw one much larger the other day in 140 feet, which he estimated to weigh 250 pounds.
This past week, sailfish action has been only fair at best. It seems like the fish would show up and bite one day, and the next day there would be none to be found.
Marina, tackle shops
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