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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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 On the coast of Southeast Florida, along the glistening Atlantic Ocean, is the relaxed coastal Town of Jupiter  Coastal Living magazine named the Town of Jupiter as one of the Top 10 Happiest Seaside Towns in the USA. Jupiter's beaches, which have served as retreats for surfers and beachgoers for decades. State parks like Dubois Park, has 1,200 feet of tropical palm-lined beach, features playgrounds and picnic pavilions and Carlin Park with an exercise trail and well-equipped picnic areas. Jupiter even has designated dog friendly beaches and restaurants.

There are over 50 restaurants with outdoor seating in Jupiter that welcome your furry family members as well. Bring Fido to any of the welcoming restaurants. Here are a couple suggestions to name a

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Just north of Harbourside Place is Burt Reynolds Park. This waterfront park provides public boat ramps, picnic pavilions, and the home of the Loxahatchee River Environmental Center, also known as the River Center. The River Center is in Burt Reynolds Park on US 1, just north of  Indiantown Road at 805 US 1, Jupiter.  

The Loxahatchee River Environmental Center opened in 2008. Their mission statement says, “We are dedicated to preserving the Loxahatchee River and its natural habitats, by designing innovative wastewater solutions, furthering river research efforts and fostering environmental stewardship.” The River Center features  over 6,000 gallons of fresh and saltwater aquariums, interactive exhibits, and a touch tank for the young and young at

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Within the city limits of northern Palm Beach County is a treasure known as Frenchman’s Forest Natural Area.  The natural area protects “slash pine flatwoods, live oak hammock, cypress swamp, hydric hammock and tidal swamp and mangrove habitat”. The natural preserve is located at 12201 Prosperity Farms Road, right off Prosperity Farms Road, not to far from the Garden’s Mall in Palm Beach Gardens.  Follow the winding drive to a small parking area and prepare to step backward in time to the old Florida of the first settlers in South Florida.

Frenchman’s Forest Natural Area consists of 4 trails. Each of the different trails are described on the information board and it describes which type of wildlife you may expect to see on your hike. If you prefer

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En plein air is a French expression meaning “in the open air”, and it refers to the act of painting outdoors with the artist’s subject in full view. Plein air artists capture the spirit and heart of a landscape or subject by integrating natural light, color and movement into their works. French impressionist artists, Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, Cezanne, as well as other artists of that period who painted outdoor landscapes, were best known as the greatest plein air artists.

The largest en plein air gathering of its kind in South Florida is hosted by the Lighthouse ArtCenter. The Festival awards over $15,000 in prizes and 35 of the top plein air painters in the country participate. The public can observe artists painting at locations in Palm

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Have you ever heard the expression "eat like a king"? The Town of Jupiter has an all-time favorite diner for locals and visitors alike. It is a tiny diner known as the Royal Café. Royal Café is where you go to get feel-good, old fashioned love on a plate. The café is family owned by a hands on, delightful couple, Rick and Amy Biederwolf. From the moment you walk into the vintage café you are welcomed. It's hard not to feel like you're visiting a neighbor or sitting down at Grandma's kitchen table. The warm smiles and genuine interaction from servers goes beyond the common conversation. 

A diner is a small restaurant found predominantly in the Northwest and Midwest offering a wide range American food as well as a sit-down counter with welcoming

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The Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society announced that for the fourth consecutive year, it has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. When the Palm Beach Zoo receives five consecutive years of excellence, it will join a select assemblage of others listed in TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame.  This recognition allows TripAdvisor to freely honor businesses that are top tourism award recipients with the public.

Stroll the Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Boulevard, West Palm Beach, with a libation or two, wild friends, a designated driver and good old rock-n-roll music at the Roar & Pour event on July 28, 2018. The Rock and Roar event at the Palm Beach Zoo is presenting an amazing tribute band, Majesty of Rock. The sunset happening will also

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