Fishing for Snook, King Mackerel, and Bonita in Jupiter, Florida
We woke up the next morning a little later than usual to meet Mike Haines of Blue Tail Charters at 6:30 AM. It was great to “sleep in”! We met Mike, loaded up our gear in his boat and then launched from Burt Reynolds Park in Jupiter, Florida.
“We met Mike, loaded up our gear in his boat and then launched from the Burt Reynolds Park in Jupiter, Florida.”
We started the day heading to three spots that were up against sea walls. It wasn’t long before I was able to catch my first Jack Crevalle of the Tour! After fishing those sea walls for a little while longer, we bounced out to the intended target areas where we would be chasing Bonito and King Mackerel.
Headed Out Offshore Fishing!
We ran through Jupiter Inlet which was a little spooky given some of the videos that I’ve seen of boats being swallowed up here, but we made it through and went to a rock pile that wasn’t much more than a quarter mile offshore. Captain Mike hooked us up with some great offshore Diawa gear to fish with!
“Captain Mike hooked us up with some great offshore Diawa gear to fish with!”
We were immediately into schooling fish right under the boat! The bite was crazy and we started putting fish after fish in the boat! It was like nothing we’ve ever done before. We also put a Flounder and a Jack into the boat. Then, my rod nearly got ripped out of my hands! Sadly, the line broke early on into one heck of a fight by what we presumed to be a King Mackerel.
Chasing King Mackerel
We rigged up with a steel leader and chased after this big King Mackerel. We rigged up live Pilchards (Sardines) and it didn’t take long before I was hooked up to my first King. It fought like crazy, pulling drag and putting on a few good runs before we were able to get it into the boat. We threw it into the cooler for dinner tonight at Chad’s house in Miami.
“We rigged up live Pilchards (Sardines) and it didn’t take long before I was hooked up to my first king.”
After the first King, I put a few more in the boat and then decided that it was Alex’s turn to hop up and catch a few of these amazing fish. We threw on the GoPro’s and the nonstop action continued! We continuously brought in Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, Cero Mackerel, Bonito, and Jack Crevalle.
“After the first King, I put a few more in the boat and then decided that it was Alex’s turn to hop up and catch a few of these amazing fish.”
We already had a pretty incredible day on the water with Mike! To top off our trip, we endured an absolute downpour. It was actually pretty refreshing! After getting our fill of crazy fighting King Mackerel, the spot dried up a little bit and we decided to target Snook on the inlet.
Snook Fishing Action Begins
We moved over to a different location, casted out Live Pilchers and immediately got into some giant Snook! All of the Snook that bit were at least 20 inches and fought like crazy. The action was so consistent that we were beginning to run out of live Pilchards. With only a few left, I hooked into a great size Snook! It put up a heck of a fight, jumping fully out of the water a couple times.
“I hooked into a great size Snook! It put up a heck of a fight, jumping fully out of the water a couple times.”
Right after I landed my fish and took some pictures, Alex hooked into an absolute monster and fought it for about 10 minutes before getting it to the boat, only to have it break the hook at the last second! We watched as it swam away, but Alex handled it really well, he was just happy we got the fight on video! We continued to wear out our arms for a few more minutes and then decided to call it a day.
Ending the Day Learning How to Cook Mackerel
We took the boat back to the ramp, got our King Mackerel filleted by Captain Mike. We then went to his house to fire up the grill! Mike was very adamant in telling us that they have a great natural flavor and not to overseason. We added some salt to the fillets before throwing them on the grill. When they were almost finished cooking, we added some pepper as well! The fillets were fantastic and fueled us to finish packing up to head down to Miami to fish for Peacock Bass with Chad Nelson!
“The fillets were fantastic and fueled us to finish packing up to head down to Miami to fish for Peacock Bass with Chad Nelson!”