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Pictured: Shannon Discount & Capt. Michael O'Conner of Boatsitters

Offshore, football-sized blackfin tuna have been pretty easy to get ahold of in about 200-400’ of water. You can use small daisy chains or troll with feathers, but quite a few have been caught trolling with small-skirted bonita strips as well. We had a lot of success with neon green and white skirts this week, but colors are a game that changes by the minute, so try a few different ones and switch the rest out as you go if your target fish is tending to a particular color. Dolphin have been in the same areas as blackfin, and wahoo have been non-existent. On the first cold front that rolls through, we’ll have our local favorite Junkanoo Lures ready. Regardless of our lack of cold

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Years ago, only larger sailboats, trawlers, and yachts crossed from Florida to the Bahamas, but with modern technology and engineering, center consoles as small as 25-30 feet have been making the trip with ease.

Between Florida and the Bahamas lies the reason behind Florida’s world-class fishing- the Gulf Stream. This warm and powerful current rushes from south to north, and while crossing the open ocean can be daunting to a newcomer, it’s entirely possible with the right amount of preparation and research. Here are a few considerations when attempting to make a safe crossing.

Proper Equipment

Regardless of the current weather, the boat should be large enough and built well enough to safely travel over open ocean when the wind and seas aren’t

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According to U.S. News, Florida residents can breathe easy knowing they live in the state with the best natural environment in the nation, placing number one overall for drinking water quality, urban air quality, and low pollution health risk.

The World Health Organization states that air pollution is a major environmental health risk, and by living in areas with high air quality, people can reduce the burden of disease from stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, chronic and acute respiratory diseases, and even dementia.

While the sunshine state may be best known for gorgeous beaches, oranges, and Hawaiian-shirted retirees, Florida also leads the country with lowest air and water pollutants. With the sea breeze sweeping over mostly flat terrain in

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Three-time Emmy Award winner and wildlife advocate Jeff Corwin will be the keynote speaker at the Tenth Annual Go Blue Awards Luncheon.

“Go Blue” recognizes businesses, non-profits, and individuals who have promoted, implemented, or contributed to improve and protect our oceans, beaches, and wildlife.

The luncheon will take place on Friday, October 26th at 11:00 AM at the Kravis Center for Performing Arts in Downtown West Palm Beach, and tickets are $95 until October 13th.

To purchase a ticket or sponsor a table, go here >>

The Go Blue Awards program was created to recognize individuals and businesses that directly or indirectly support LMC’s mission to promote conservation of ocean ecosystems with a special focus on threatened and

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The next time you're in the mood for some ice cream or a milkshake, check out one of these 10 shops from Tequesta to Delray.

Palm Beach Ice Cream- Tequesta

Palm Beach Ice Cream is a vintage shop with more than 42 old-fashioned ice creams, yogurts, sorbets and sugarless treats. It's super cute and matches the hometown Tequesta vibe. They're located at 239 U.S. 1.

Matty's Gelato Factory- Juno Beach

Matty Cairo, the 23-year-old owner of Matty's Gelato Factory uses only real ingredients in his delectable gelato. “When I’m making my sorbets, I’m blending up real fruit," he said in an interview, "I’m using mangoes, not mango flavoring. With my cannoli gelato, I make my cannoli cream here, then I’m crushing cannoli shells on top.” Come support

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Blackfin Tuna Photo Courtesy Rip Raft Fishing

Dolphin and blackfin tuna have been the most common catches this week, with the usual trolling with ballyhoo, bonita strips, and squid between 500’ and 1000’ around large weedlines for your best chance at putting some mahi filets on the table. Trolling with small feathers around 300’ during cooler times of the day like morning and late afternoon is your best chance at tuna. As usual, kingfish are scattered around the 120’ ledge. Juno Bait has had reports of a few yellowtail snapper showing up as well.

 

The mullet run has definitely been churning up waters from Hobe Sound to Palm Beach Inlet, with large tarpon, snook, and jacks putting on a show for anglers and beachgoers alike. Now that it’s

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If you like food, you'll love Palm Beach County's "Food Truck Invasions." From Classic Southern to Coastal Italian to Asian Fusion, foodies will thoroughly enjoy the unique gourmet dishes from trucks coming as far as Miami. This street food party doesn't cost anything to attend- all you pay for is your food and drinks so make sure to come hungry as there's LOTS to choose from. Here's where the trucks will be next:

Sunset Cove Amphitheatre in Boca Raton: 5 p.m. on Sept. 19th, Oct. 3rd & 17th, Nov. 7th & 21st. 

Lake Clarke Shores Town Hall Park (Between West Palm Beach and Lake Worth): 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 21st, Oct. 19th, Nov. 16th, Dec. 21st. 

Wellington Amphitheatre: 5 p.m. on Sept. 27th, Oct. 11th & 25th, Nov. 8th & 22nd & 29th, Dec. 13th &

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Fishing this week is slow and the seas may be a bit rougher than usual from the hurricane up in the Carolinas, but if you’re heading out you may be able to snag a few small mahi trolling with bonita strips, ballyhoo, or squid. At the 120’ ledge, kingfish have been consistent, and mutton snapper have been gobbling up sardines if bottom fishing is your method of choice.

Quite a few schools of mullet have been starting to show up, which is great news for snook fishing at night inshore, but we still have a few weeks to go until the mullet run heats up. Juno Bait shop recommends Yo-Zuri Mag Darters, DOA Bait Busters, and Rapala X-Raps, with live finger mullet being the number one choice for snook!

If diving is more your style, lobster has been

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Now that you’ve caught and cleaned a Florida lobster, here’s how to cook it.

If you want it to remain fresh, it needs to at least be refrigerated. If you’re storing it for longer than 72 hours, lobster tails should be wrapped tightly in wax paper or tin foil then kept in an airtight bag in the freezer. Once you’re ready to cook, make sure it is fully thawed for a few hours in the fridge before preparation.

Lobster tail is a very versatile meat and can be included in pasta dishes, on salads, in sandwiches, in soups, or next to a filet for a delicious surf n’ turf entree. The simplest method of cooking is to steam or boil the tail until the meat is white and the shell is deep red. The estimated cooking time is 1 minute per ounce if boiling and 5-7

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Whether you’re preparing some lobster for your family, or gifting a few tails to a friendly neighbor, cleaning one is much simpler than cleaning a fish.  Once you’ve got your license, know the regulations, and know how to catch it yourself, here’s how to clean a Florida lobster!

Step 1: Wring the Tail

This is much easier to do if you’ve had the lobster on ice for a bit so they are in a sleep-like state. Here, you’re simply separating the tail from its body. Hold the tail with one hand as close to the carapace as you can with your entire palm, and hold the carapace (upper body and head) in the other hand. Now firmly twist and pull, and the tail should easily separate. The head can be thrown away, as all of the meat of the Florida lobster is in

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