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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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Grouper caught on a dead sardine bottom fishing for snapper, Photo Courtesy of Reel Intense Fishing

With the mullet run being the highlight of the past couple of weeks, most fishing has been geared toward snook, large tarpon, and amberjack chasing schools through inlets, inshore, on the beach, and at the Juno Pier. Your trustiest bait is live mullet itself, which can be found during low light periods of the day away from boat traffic. If you’re looking for a little more fun in exchange for less reliability, using top water plugs creates some exciting action as snook will strike these much harder, sometimes becoming airborne exploding on the surface.

Reef anglers should be catching some kingfish and snapper this time of year, but this week has

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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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There are quite a few restaurants in Martin County that have a "kids eat free" special on certain nights. From grilled cheese sandwiches and burgers to pizza and crab cake sliders, there's a menu item for your kid and somewhere to take them for free, every night of the week.

Sunday

Maya's Grill

Kids' Menu: Hamburgers, chicken fingers, tacos, enchiladas, nachos, and burritos. 

Kids Eat Free Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Address: 3099 S.W. Martin Downs Boulevard, Palm City. 772-221-10093

Monday

Sonny's BBQ

Kids' Menu: Barbecue sandwiches, salad bar, burgers, ribs, mac and cheese, grilled cheese, and hot dogs. 

Kids Eat Free Hours: 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Address: 1961 U.S.1, Stuart. 772-283-4150.

Tuesday

DeLITEful Kitchen

Kids'

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The Treasure Coast Square Mall in Jensen Beach is getting a new outlet store in an unusual space.

Macy's Backstage will be on the second floor of the already-existing Macy's store.

The 13,000 square-foot space will debut the Macy's outlet store with all our favorites for a fraction of the price. 

The grand opening of Macy's Backstage will be this Saturday at 9 a.m. with special scratch-off tickets for the first 200 customers that'll give them anywhere from $5-$25 off their purchase. 

Set up like a Marshalls or Nordstrom Rack, the store will have mens, women's, and kids clothing, accessories, cosmetics, houseware and home decor at 20-80% off.

Macy's debuted 7 freestanding Backstage stores in 2016, and now with the grand opening of the

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Head to the Tuckahoe Mansion, a Great Gatsby-like public mansion located at Indian Riverside Park in Jensen Beach, for Roaring 20’s Casino Night to raise money for Elev8hope.

Elev8hope is a non-profit organization that helps low-income families in Martin County become self-sufficient. You can see more on their website.

The Casino Night will be a fun night of games, drinking, eating and dressing up at the beautiful waterfront Tuckahoe Mansion. “Gambling” on Vegas games like Roulette, Craps, Texas Hold ‘Em and Black Jack will be a fun feature. There will be a 20s photo booth, live and silent auction, buffet and open bar.

Tickets are $125 a piece and you can find them online here.

See other impressive estates in Jensen Beach here.


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Saint Lucie County

Black Pearl Boat Ramp
800 North Indian River Dr., Fort Pierce  

C-24 Canal Park
500 SE Oakridge Dr., Port St. Lucie

Jaycee Park
Ocean Dr. and Melaleuca Dr., Fort Pierce  

Little Mud Creek 
5460 South Ocean Dr., Hutchinson Island  

Museum Pointe Park 
414 Seaway Dr., Fort Pierce

North Causeway Island Park
500 North Causeway Dr., Fort Pierce

 

River Park Marina
500 E. Prima Vista Blvd., Port St. Lucie

Riverwalk Boat Ramp 
600 N. Indian River Dr., Fort Pierce

Stan Blum 
613 North Causeway Dr., Fort Pierce

Veterans Park at Rivergate 
2200 SE Veterans Park, Port St. Lucie 

White City Park
2081 W. Midway Rd., Fort Pierce

Oak Hammock Park 
1982 SW Villanova Rd., Port St. Lucie

Martin

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Pictured: Snook Caught by Michael O'Connor

The weekend we’ve all been waiting for is finally here: the first weekend of snook season! Oh yeah, and it also happens to be Labor Day weekend. Not only do you have three full days to take home your snook-a-day bag limit, but you also have the notion of the “hard workers holiday” to validate your much-needed R&R time.

The name of the game is snook this weekend, but make sure you know the regulations and have your permit, because FWC will surely be out in full force. While the mullet run hasn’t completely caught fire yet, catch and release snook fishing has been plentiful lately, with the Palm Beach Inlet, Juno Pier, Jupiter Inlet, and Loxahatchee River churning with keepers ready to be your catch of

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Every 43 seconds, someone in the U.S. dies from heart disease, stroke, or another cardiovascular disease. Every 43 seconds, someone misses out on the chance to spend another precious minute with the people they love. Every 43 seconds, a family mourns at the loss of a loved one who is now gone forever. The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are working diligently to decrease the chance of YOU losing someone you love.

In the United States, heart disease is the #1 cause of death, while stroke is the #4 cause. This includes both men and women, young and old, no matter your ethnicity. These are scary numbers, but I have great news! Not only is death from heart disease 80% preventable, but there’s a big way you can help

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