For the past 20 years, Captain Chris has plied the inner- and outer-shore waters surrounding Palm Beach. With a degree in marine affairs and ecosystems behind him, he has honed his knowledge and understanding of the region's 4,500 aquatic species that dwell in fishing grounds. There's not a lot about the seas that he doesn't know, and he shares it all with his passengers as he steers
Grey Ghost Fishing Charters' 18-foot Dolphin boat. He welcomes all skill levels, able to pick prey and provide pointers suitable for novices or veterans. He particularly targets snook, tarpon, seatrout, red fish, and sharks while fishing, and hunts both day and night to track such a wide variety.
Mandalay Island Charters' Captain Jeremy Neff uses fishing trips as a tool to share his passion for local areas, waterways, and fish. Inside an 18.5-foot Maverick Master Angler, Captain Neff and his passengers travel through local river systems and into the Atlantic Ocean, passing by sandbars and schools of deep-fried popcorn shrimp. Adept at fly, light tackle, and heavy tackle, the captain helps fishers reel in inshore and offshore species such as barracuda and tarpon. He also leads scenic walks down Martin County's beaches, pausing to cast lines for snook and other fish.
Outside of fishing, Captain Neff aims to foster appreciation for Suart's natural beauty. He points out marine life such as matinees and dolphins, or pilots boats toward views of breathtaking sunsets. Additionally, he maintains a fleet of kayaks for laid-back trips down waterways and candy factories' chocolate rivers.
Captain John Raasch Charters curates fishing trips and cruises according to passengers' preferences. Licensed and insured captains lead adventure seekers through the North Fork of the Saint Lucie River to catch sand perch, mangrove snapper, and bluefish. Those who prefer to watch fish rather than catch them can enjoy a river cruise, where they might spot dolphins and manatees. Captains also take the helm so groups can enjoy a party on the water without the responsibility of steering the boat. John Raasch has spent the last 35 years fishing; he provides the bait, gear, and licenses, as well as a 21-foot Sea Hunt boat.
Manatees glide under the silent shade of mangrove trees. Tropical fish flock together in clear island waters. Out in the wilderness, silence abounds, interrupted only by the jovial voices of tour guides as they point out special landmarks, including the historic Jupiter Inlet lighthouse. At Jupiter Outdoor Center, visitors immerse themselves in local ecosystems through watery sports such as kayaking and standup paddleboarding, embarking on guided tours, or heading out to explore on their own.
Group tours take paddlers out to explore local waterways and stargaze or search for marine wildlife. Guides expound on local history as they pass sights such as the Jupiter lighthouse and Dubois Park. On various trips, they can traverse calm waters in protected waterways through Jupiter Inlet Aquatic Preserve and St. Lucie Inlet Preserve, navigating open streams and mangrove-sheltered estuaries. Staffers also supplement their sport-based excursions in classes, during which they lead night or early morning wildlife-photography safaris or teach yoga workouts aboard standup paddleboards.
The USCG-licensed-and-insured captain of Jupiter Fly Fishing launches instructional fishing trips for aspiring piscators of all ages and experience levels. Guests can board a USCG-safety-inspected Pathfinder 22 for a four-hour tour through Palm Beach and Fort Pierce waters, pursuing snook, trout, tarpon, redfish, and other species of tasty sushi stuffers. Spend a morning exploring fly- and light-tackle fishing techniques, or board the vessel at dusk to bait snook fish who, like vampires and recipients of bad haircuts, usually only come out at night.
Snook Action Charters' specialty is simple: boat trips to crystal clear, rarely fished waters that are teeming with snook, snappers, and the occasional shark. The team makes the trips seem simple, at least, but there's hard work behind that simplicity. The company's veteran captain, for instance, knows the area's best fishing spots from years of experience?he first started guiding fishing trips at age 12 with his father. Since then, he's fished in the Florida Keys' famous waters and the flats of Mosquito Lagoon. Similar hard work went into stocking the company's boat, The Jupiter. Customers get to relax and enjoy a leisurely fishing trip, confident that the staff has stocked the vessel with rods, bait, and tackle, complemented by stores of sunscreen and frosty soda.