Jupiter is the jewel of Palm Beach County! Although getting more crowded by the day, Jupiter still retains it's "small town" feel.
The town of Jupiter remains the last of the undeveloped coast lines in Palm Beach county. With almost unlimited beach access and public parks Jupiter is truly a fishermen friendly town. Local parks line the inlet providing fishermen ample parking and access to the south jetty. The Burt Reynolds Park has two boat ramps close to the inlet.
The Jupiter Lighthouse was built in the mid-1800's and still offers mariners safety and comfort when passing off Jupiter's coast. Even with so much rich history, the town is not without modern detail, Jupiter Island is the country's richest community and is the home of many celebrities.
Jupiter Inlet is a premier Snook haunt. Casting around local bridges, docks and jetties will most often produce Snook of all sizes. At night the "shadow line" comes alive with Tarpon, Snook, jacks, Snapper and Lookdowns. Sea Trout and Redfish at times available as well. Live shrimp and shrimp-like lures or flies are a favorite baits here.
Jupiter offers many pristine and scenic locations lined with mangroves and sandbars. You can cast to Tarpon, Snook, Jacks Ladyfish, Pompano and monster Bluefish that move into the river to escape the cooler ocean temperature and feed on mullet. Live shrimp, mullet, or pinfish are preferred live baits. They can also be used to "chum up" game fish and then plug or fly cast your favorite artificial.
Another gem is the Juno Beach Fishing Pier, a 990-foot pier that juts way out into the ocean. There is rocky structure on the bottom near the middle of the pier that attracts baitfish and game fish. Incredible catches of Snook, Tarpon, Cobia, Permit, Pompano, Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish and more have been caught at the pier.
The Juno Beach Pier is open from sunrise to sunset March 1st through Oct. 31st. The pier will be open from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. from Nov. 1st to Feb. 28th. There is a $3.00 fee to fish and parking is free at the Juno Beach Park. More info can be obtained by calling (561) 799-0185.
The Loxahatchee River is considered Florida's only wild and scenic river, offering a host of fishing and canoeing opportunities. Some parts of the Loxahatchee are brackish so even a largemouth bass is possible.
Depending on time of year and target species, you may want to head west, up the river, to fish the many canals, channels, sand bars, and mangrove lined islands that make up this diverse ecosystem.
Further north - along the Intracoastal Waterway - you can work your way to Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge. This is a unique habitat where fish species more prevalent in northern Florida can meet their southern cousins. Redfish, Black Drum and Sea Trout are common catches in the winter months.
As an inland area, the Loxahatchee River is well protected from the elements. This allows anglers to fish the Loxahatchee River habitat no matter current sea conditions.
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