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The wind and the waves never calmed down this past week, with the exception of Thursday morning. But on Thursday afternoon, the wind kicked up again and by nightfall another cold front hit.
Those fishermen who did venture offshore were rewarded with a variety of highly prized species.
Sailfishing, for one, was pretty good for a couple of days. Sportfishing boats in the Jupiter area proudly displayed the upside down sailfish flag on their outriggers, which means that the fish were released.
One boat sported four flags, while others displayed two or three flags.
Bottom fishing has been good for porgies, yellowtail and mutton snapper.
Good amounts of gray grouper were also caught during the past few days.
Spanish mackerel have moved away from their usual haunts north of Jupiter Inlet; they definitely tend to spread out when it gets rough.
Most inshore anglers caught lots of ladyfish and jack, a few trout, and a few decent sized pompano.
Unfortunately, there were quite a few porpoises swimming near boats. So, whenever anglers would release a fish, the porpoises would scoop it right up like a well trained seaquarium performer.
At one point the porpoises were circling a boat and waiting for a handout meal as if they were dogs.
Overall, there was a lot of action and the weather was surprisingly nice once you had an island or a waterfront building to block the blistering wind.
Enjoy our beautiful south Florida weather and good luck fishing!
Should you buy, rent or hire a boat?
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One of the joys of living in South Florida is boating in beautiful environment. We have so many great places to see that it's tough to decide where to go. Maybe a local trip up the Loxahatchee River, the Intercoastal Waterway, or way out in the big blue ocean.
Or, do you trailer your boat to Lake Okeechobee, the keys, or possibly zip across the Gulfstream to the Bahamas?
Decisions, decisions. The choice is up to you, whether you buy a pre-owned boat that has almost all of the depreciation removed or you get into a leased boat that offers an alternative to ownership without the downside of owning the boat.
Let's look at the ups and downs to both owning and renting. When you own a boat, you can go wherever you. want, whenever you want.
You can also customize the boat according to your wants and needs. Way back when, people were able to use their boats as a tax deduction, but not now.
When leasing, you have the choice of renting smaller or larger boats, lots of different styles of boats, and renting in different areas. When renting, insurance is not necessary and you don't pay for maintenance or storage.
In the Jupiter area, there are four places that rent boats. Jonathan's Landing Marina offers a Boat Fleet Club boat rental. The boats range in size from 21 feet to the beautiful 46-foot diesel powered Sea Ray which requires a captain. Jonathan's Landing boat fleet representative Lisa told me that the reason folks like their program is because they can use 10 different boats. If you would like further information call 747-8980 or visit www.jlmclub.com.
Jupiter Inlet Boat Rentals at Seasport Marina offers 21 to 24-foot boats, where it's possible to rent the boat for a half or a full day. For more information, call 741-1212 and speak to either June Gaines or Ryan. Or visit www.jupiterinletboatrentals.com.
Jupiter Hills Lighthouse Marina offers 18 to 24-foot boats to cruise the intercoastal waterway only. They offer either daily or weekly rates for local residents. Call 744-0727 and ask for John Cononico.
Beach Water Sports is located at Seagate Marina. Boats range in size from 18 to 23 feet. Boats can be rented at a minimum of two hours, or a half day or full day. Ask for Bret at 745-6900.
Another alternative to buying a used boat or renting a boat is to hire a captained boat. There are tour boats such as the Manatee Queen, which sails from the Crab House restaurant dock in the Jupiter Inlet. The captained 1 1/2- and 2-hour cruises are available daily. Call 744-2191 for reservations.
Then, there is the party boat, the Blue Heron, which sails out of Jetty's restaurant in the Jupiter Inlet. The 88-foot vessel offers both half and full-day trips Tuesday through Sunday. Walk-ons are welcome. Call 747-1200 or visit www.deepseafishingflorida.com.
Six passenger boats and guide boats are also available at Seasport Marina, Seagate Marina, and Blowing Rocks Marina.
All of the boating options are out there to meet your particular needs. Just choose the one that best suits you.
Lastly, almost everyone wants a new boat. Start with a new, perfect piece of equipment that you can really take pride in owning and then customize to your needs.
Starting Thursday, it's a good time to check out a new boat at the 64th International Miami Boat Show. The shows will be held at two different locations: at the Miami Beach Convention Center at 1901 Convention Center Drive in Miami Beach and at Sealine Marina and Yachting Center at 1633 Bayshore Drive in Miami.
The show features the latest powerboats, engines, electronics and marina accessories.
Red carpet day is Thursday, Feb. 17, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., from Friday, Feb. 18, to Monday, Feb. 21, hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For details, call (945) 441-3220 or visit www.miamiboatshow.com.
Capt. Cliff Budd is a full time Jupiter fly and light tackle fishing guide who can be reached between 7 and 9 p.m. at (561) 745-9178. To submit a photo or if you have any comments or suggestions, visit www.seacretspot.com.