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 that can accommodate up to eight passengers.
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.
With the Atlantic Ocean as the backdrop for inimitable aquatic adventures, Captain Steve Cienkowski steers participants along crystalline waters for laid-back expeditions or longer jaunts to either the Keys or Bahamas. Participants can glean pertinent sailing or snorkeling tips during lessons or revel in up-close glimpses of manatees swimming and filing taxes in their natural habitat.
Native Outfitters swaddles men and women with more than 100 designs of fast-drying, moisture-wicking and UV-ray-repelling threads. Gentlemen can bandage their torsos in a Resort Conservation T-shirt ($21.99) to proclaim their support for ecological awareness and encourage fellow beach-goers not to toss their half-eaten burrito into the sea. Slip into a woman's Surf and Paddle cap-sleeve T-shirt, or hide hair beneath a twill cotton cap ($21.99). Shoppers can plaster a large red-snapper decal ($11.99) across a rearview window to inform tailgaters of their preferred type of sushi.