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RO# 126

Posted - Jan 15 2018 :  12:45:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Any tips on finding someone for quick a trip (an hour) off the dock? I'm not comfortable single-handing just yet, but, with a few trips off I might be as I'm setup in slip with forward and mid-ship poles.

I'm looking for someone who might enjoy a boat ride that has local knowledge of the waters and fishing in South Florida (Juniper inlet OR out West Palm) - I'd be happy to pay a customary fee for they're time.

I have guests coming down and really don't have a lot of knowledge about the area.


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RO# 842

Posted - Jan 15 2018 :  15:05:02  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have found local knowledge often to be incorrect. E.G. "plenty of water" when described by a small boater is meaningless to someone with 4' draft.


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RO# 13060

Posted - Jan 16 2018 :  07:45:07  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Unfortunately my limited local experience does not extend that far north. Both of those inlets have reputations.

I suggest you post in the FL section on THT. There are a lot of active participants in those threads.

Good luck.

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RO# 1933

Posted - Jan 16 2018 :  13:34:40  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It's Jupiter inlet, BTW. If it were me, I'd ask the local charter fleet for a reference. Most of the charter captains will have a list of reliable and knowledgeable mates who could always use a few extra bucks.

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RO# 19601

Posted - Jan 17 2018 :  00:54:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am in Boca and have knowledge of inlets south of you and some north of you. Unfortunately I do not know Juniper inlet, but that does not mean I canít gain knowledge or select an alternate safer inlet. Are you also looking for a captain that knows the fishing grounds as well, or just someone that can help you pilot the boat into the ocean and help with docking?

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RO# 126

Posted - Jan 17 2018 :  19:11:58  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Bill, it is Jupiter inlet (not Juniper, thats a golf course I play, doh, getting old.. :).

I did just meet a broker who is also a part-time captain, and fishes the area, who said he'd be glad to help me out. Florida "boating" is very different from the north east from what I see so just looking for a casual cruise to run the engines a bit and learn about the area like places to go for the afternoon on the hook and go swimming as well as fishing in general (Close to shore, couple miles out and in the stream). Bottom or trolling, etc.

I figured I'd take a shot on this forum. Thanks for the tips and information. By the way, what is THT? Not familiar with that acronym.

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RO# 19601

Posted - Jan 17 2018 :  21:21:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
THT is Good boating website!

If you have any questions, I know the inlets and waters from Boca Inlet, south to Boca Chita, in lower Biscayne Bay. Great boating in Biscayne bay.

I have vacationed in Jupiter, but no boating experience there. I also have boating experience in St Augustine and Cape Canaveral.

Glad you found a captain with local knowledge - Enjoy!

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RO# 36

Posted - Jan 18 2018 :  07:39:34  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
West Palm inlet is about as good as it gets. If you have a plotter and charts you can see it is plenty wide and deep. Just pick the sea conditions along with tide and wind. We've been in and out several times on the way to/from the Bahamas. Study the charts and choose your weather/tides.
Jupiter is another story and there are a number of bad stories associated with that inlet although I am sure many find it safe in the right conditions. An experienced captain was thrown off his large sport fishing boat and killed there.

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RO# 12212

Posted - Jan 18 2018 :  12:23:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I m not very familiar with this area and don't know anything about fishing but will give you my 2 cents...

Jupiter is a tricky inlet best avoided unless the weather is calm. Any NE will cause breakers Current can be strong so any wind against tidal current will make things rough. Palm beach on the other hand is a wide safe inlet

Not a lot of anchorages in the area. peanut island inside the PB inlet is a popular spot although i don't see the appeal. North of Jupiter, the Hobe Sound area is pretty nice and unspoiled. I ve anchored there a few times Draft permitting Peck Lake north of Hobe sound is a nice week end spot

Most of the waters outside the ICW channel are shallow.

Check out Active Captain for detailed info

You don't say what kind of boat you have. The key to coming in and out of the typical SoFl slip with pilings is to release and set your spring lines first Thisnorevents the boat from drifitng into the dock. I ALWAYS set my springs with the eye on the boat cleat so all you have to do is slip the eye over the cleat once you re halfway into the slip. I usually attach the spring to the forward most piling.

Once your springs are on, you're pretty much set and can take your time getting the sterns and bow lines

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