Imagine the perfect day out on the water. Maybe you see yourself gliding along calm seas as you feel the wind in your face and the ocean spray all around you. This dreamy image can be a reality, but only if you are properly prepared for your first boating adventure.

Perhaps you have just purchased your first boat or you’re in the market for one. Wherever you find yourself as you prepare to become an avid boater, it is important to understand your responsibilities and strategies for staying safe and smart while on the water. We’ve come up with our top 10 tips to help you efficiently and responsibly prepare for your first time out on your vessel. Take a look!

1) Obtain License & Registration

Having your boat registered and obtaining your Florida boating license is absolutely crucial to beginning your life as a boater. These important documents are required by law when you are operating a marine vessel, big or small. After purchasing your boat from South Florida Yachts, determine where you’ll be boating—rivers, lakes, the ocean—and the state (if anywhere other than Florida) in which you’ll be operating your boa. These details can have an effect on what type of license and/or registration you need. The type of boat you will be operating is also a determining factor.

Once your boating location has been determined, do research on what information you will need to get your boat registered and how to obtain your boater’s license. Going over these important, legal requirements and details are very important to take care of early on instead of regretting it later when you’re approached by law enforcement on the water.

2) Check the Weather

Now that the background information is taken care of, you can begin to plan your first day aboard your new vessel. Choosing the day and time to launch your boat is an important factor in safe boating. Even if the weather looks like it will be good a few days out, it’s important to continue checking for sudden changes and unexpected storms. This includes the morning of your chosen launch day. Weather can change unpredictably and you do not want to be stuck in a dangerous situation on your first excursion. Wait it out for a clear, sunny day with calm winds so you’ll be able to sail smoothly into the evening.

3) Pack Smart

Don’t wait until of the morning of to begin gathering items for your boating excursion. It is wise to pack a day or two in advance for your day on the water. Include items such as a first-aid kit, a basic toolbox, sunscreen, flashlight, a radio and other basic supplies. Bring plenty of water and snacks to keep everyone hydrated and fueled. It’s always good to bring more food and water than you think you’ll need. You’ll be surprised at your heightened appetite after some time on the water.

It is absolutely required that you pack enough life jackets for everyone onboard. These floatation devices should be kept on your vessel at all times. To make future boat day packing easier, you can keep all of these items stored on your boat or keep a large duffel bag that comes with you each and every boating day.

4) Overdress

When it comes to dressing for the boat, more is always better. It may be hot on land, but once the boat gets going and the wind is whipping you’ll be thankful for those extra layers. Also, if you are riding back at sunset, you’ll notice a drop in temperature as you head back to the docks.

The sun is particularly strong when you’re on the water and it’s smart to cover up in white, breathable clothing for part or all of the day. A hat and sunglasses are also great ways to keep your skin protected from the sun’s rays. Remember that you can always take layers off when it gets too warm.

5) Have a Float Plan As a first-time boater, you never know what to expect on the water. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a rookie, you should always provide a float plan on shore before leaving for the day. You never know when something could go wrong on the water and it’s smart to have someone on land that knows your whereabouts in case you don’t return. Provide a friend or family member that is staying behind with where you are planning to boat and how long you plan to be out. If you are not heard from, your float plan will provide law enforcement with crucial information to help find you in the case of an emergency.

6) Train Out of the Water

This may seem silly, but just like a car, boats are different in the way they drive and handle. As a first-time boater it’s wise to get familiar with your vessel before hitting the water. Explore your boat on land and get to know all the mechanical gadgets aboard. Ideally you could find someone who is experienced in your type of boat who can show you the ropes. Good old trial and error is also an easy option on land. Sit in your boat while it’s still on the trailer and familiarize yourself with all buttons, switches, gauges and gadgets.

You can do your own research or read a boat manual to learn more about terminology, wind awareness, steering skills, knot tying and more. Many think that operating a boat is just like driving a car and we’re here to say that this is simply not true. When steering on the water, you must also take into account the wind and current which can have effect on your steering accuracy. Once you’re familiar with your new boat and how it operates it’s time to head out on the water.

7) Ramp & Dock Responsibly

To avoid issues at the boat ramp, become comfortable driving with a trailer and backing it up accurately.  Come launch day, take your time and don’t feel pressure from surrounding influences. Focus on what you’re doing so you can successfully and smoothly get your boat in the water with no damage to your vessel or vehicle.

When docking, be sure to take it slow. Rushing and going too fast when approaching a dock can result in damage to your boat or the dock itself. If your initial approach is not going as planned, don’t be afraid to turn around and try again. Trust us, taking it slow is much better than having a docking disaster on your first day.

8) Go Slow

Taking it slow goes for cruising on the water as well. Driving a boat for the first time can feel unnatural. Especially when operating amongst other boats, it’s wise to take things slow. A slow moving boat is much easier to stop and control than a speedy one. Don’t worry though, pretty soon you’ll have the skills and experience to zoom down the waterway, depth allowing.

9) Know the Rules

Following the rules of the water is much like following the rules of the road. It is crucial to everyone’s safety. This means maintaining a safe speed at all times and obeying no-wake areas. Always stay alert to your surroundings and posted buoys. Do not venture into restricted or shallow areas and do not consume alcohol before or while operating your boat. Be sure to avoid large vessels that may not have the steering or stopping ability that you’re used to. With caution and responsibility you’ll have no problem getting comfortable with life onboard.

10) Have Fun

The most important part of boating is that you have fun. Bring along your family or friends for a adventurous day enjoying the gorgeous outdoors. You’ll make memories that will last a lifetime and we’re almost certain you’ll be planning your next outing right away. Now it’s time to get out on the water and have some fun!

If you’re ready to take the plunge and embrace the boating life, consider purchasing a top-quality boat from South Florida Yachts. We’re happy to help you find the perfect vessel in the right size, style and make to get you out on the water as soon as possible! Browse our incredible inventory of center consoles, bay boats, yachts and more with one of the largest selection of Robalos in Florida. Hope to see you soon!

As you prepare for summer days on the water ahead, you may be wondering what are the best onboard snacking options. Being on a boat can feel like a culinary restriction, but we’ve come up with quite a few treats that will keep the fun going while providing the nutrition you need for a day in the sun.

The following snack ideas are easy to pack, don’t leave a mess, don’t require tons of prep and most importantly, will satisfy your hunger as you enjoy the boat life. Take a look at our following recommendations to add to your snacking arsenal for this summer boating season!

Chips & Salsa

An absolute staple, chips and salsa are one of the most satisfying and easy snacks to bring aboard. Simply pick up your favorite bag of tortilla chips and chill a large jar of salsa in your cooler. When snacking time comes, take out a paper bowl or dish and serve up some refreshing salsa. You and your boating companions will be satisfied by the both filling and refreshing snack. Just be sure to bring along a trash bag for when you’re done with the salsa bowl in order to avoid any salsa stains!

Fresh Fruit

You cannot go wrong with fresh fruit for a boat day. Watermelon, blueberries, cut-up pineapple, apples and more provide you and your family with hydration and satisfying nutrition. Those hot summer days call for chilled tropical fruit that’s easy to eat with your hands. With so little prep and clean-up required, fresh fruit is the perfect summertime snack aboard your vessel.

Bite-Sized Energy Balls

For non-stop boating fun, experiment with making bite-sized energy balls. With so many different types to try, these little protein bites are great at sustaining hunger and provide nutritious benefits that keep you going all summer long. These delicious balls of goodness can be made with a variety of ingredients including nut butters, dates, cacao powder, oatmeal, dried fruit and more. They are hassle-free in an air-tight container and the perfect snack to slide into the boat cooler.

Cooler Corn on the Cob

Another great and healthy snack to keep in the cooler is corn on the cob! You may be wondering how this will work without a grill onboard, but no need to fret. This delicious snack just requires a little innovation and a cooler box. Simply fill a small cooler with boiling water, throw as many cobs as you’d like in and let them cook. That’s it! By the time the hunger hits your crowd, these yellow cobs will be perfectly cooked for consumption. Just bring along some spray butter to enhance the flavor.

Pasta Salad

For a filling and packable lunch, try making cold pasta salad. Here is where pasta meets veggie meets dressing meets flavor! The night before your boat trip, boil up some pasta and add it to a bowl with the veggies of your choosing. Cherry tomatoes, olives, various peppers, red onion, bOAchopped spinach and more are great additions for a nutritious meal. Add in an oily dressing of your choice (we like Italian), sprinkle some garlic salt and pepper, and voila! Just chill your pasta salad in the fridge overnight and pack it in the cooler in the morning for the perfect summer day lunch.

Peanut Butter & Jelly

For all the picky eaters in the group, you just can’t go wrong with a good ol’ peanut butter and jelly sandwich. These guys are so simple to whip up the morning before heading out on the water, plus they are super filling. Choose your favorite type of bread to spread with creamy peanut butter and sweet jelly. This fool-proof lunch is no fuss and slides easily into a lunchbox or cooler.

Frozen Grapes

For those hot, summer days there is nothing like a cold and refreshing snack. Frozen grapes are ideal and a little goes a long way. Freeze your grapes in a freezer bag the night before your boat ride and add them to a well-insulated cooler in the morning. This is a great boat snack to indulge in throughout the day, plus they’ll help keep all the other treats in your cooler cold.

We hope today’s blog gave you some delicious ideas for your next summer boating day. If you’re dreaming of summer days on the water and are looking for your next family vessel, we’re here to help. South Florida Yachts is one of the mainstays of the Florida boating industry and we have been based in the South Florida region for over 25 years. We pride ourselves on our personalized customer service and are one of the top Robalo dealers in Florida.

We would be thrilled to assist to you in finding the right vessel for you and your family. Simply stop by one of our three convenient locations or contact us today for more information. Happy boating!

Nothing tastes better after a long day on the water than a meal full of vibrant vegetables, zesty seasonings and, of course, seafood!  If you’re a seafood lover, you know how crucial freshness is to flavor. The fresher the fish, the better and you can’t beat one that’s fresh from the sea. Plus, if you caught it yourself, you’ll know it’s fresh.

Reeling the big catch in is half the fun, but if fresh seafood is on the menu tonight, your job has just begun. Take a look as we share our top tips on cooking up your fresh catch and how you can make a delicious meal your family won’t soon forget!

Keeping it fresh

After you’ve reeled in your catch and gotten it off the hook, immediately place your fish on ice. This is crucial to keeping it fresh longer. Once you’re back to shore, you will scale and fillet your fish. Make sure to rinse your filets and pat them dry thoroughly with a paper towel. Remember that you should always clean your fish immediately. If you don’t plan on eating your fish within the next 24 hours, we recommend freezing it to preserve its flavor.

Avoid overcooking

As you already know, fresh fish tastes amazing, so  be sure to cook your fish soon after catching them. Opt for simple recipes that let the flavor of the fish shine through and be very careful to follow cooking instructions as overcooking will damage the flavor and texture of your meal.

Panfrying

We highly recommend panfrying white-meat fish! Coat your filets in coconut oil to keep the flesh moist, plus it adds a subtle (and delicious) coconut flavor. Dust your oil-dressed fish in seasoned flour and place them in a large, open skillet with about ¼ inch of heated oil. Make sure to leave space between filets to avoid sogginess. Cook each side over medium heat until brown. The fish will flake easily when done. Finish by placing your fish bites or filets on a paper towel to drain excess oil and serve!

Baking

Did you land a big catch? Baking might be the way to go. Line a shallow baking dish with foil so the fish doesn’t stick to the pan. Next, baste the fish in seasoned butter and lemon juice. You can also add vegetables such as sliced zucchini, asparagus, and squash to bake along with the fish and its juices. Cover the pan with more foil or a lid and bake at 375F for 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the thickness of fish. Test frequently to see if the fish is done. Serve on a bed of jasmine rice and enjoy!

Grilling

You may be frightened by the grill when it comes to fresh fish, but no need to fear! Often, the high heat of grilling will dry fish out, however, this can be avoided by including plenty of sauce or oils and the trusty assistance of some aluminum foil!

Place each filet in its own piece of foil along with your oil or sauce of choice (we recommend olive oil or butter). You can also add your seasonings and some veggies such as onions or squash to cook along with it. Once everything’s in place, wrap each filet securely in its foil (with enough room for the fish to expand) and place it on the grill. Close the grill and cook each side for 5 to 7 minutes or until the fish flakes with a fork. Voila! Dinner is ready!

Seasonings

The best way to bring out the delicious flavors of your fresh catch? Lightly season it! Here are some of our tips according to species: For Bluefish, try cooking with leeks, chives, garlic, parsley, and lemon. For Flounder, opt for shallots, lemon zest, parsley, garlic, cumin, and coriander. Grouper is delicious with onion, garlic, turmeric, crushed red pepper, and basil. Try Mackeral with onion, basil, garlic, oregano, thyme, and paprika. Overall, you can’t go wrong with a classic premade seafood seasoning or the simple combination of lemon juice, dill weed, garlic, and salt & pepper. Hungry yet? If you’re looking to get one step closer to catching and cooking your dinner, come see us at one of our three South Florida locations! We would be thrilled to assist you in finding your perfect fishing vessel. Here at South Florida Yachts, we can help you choose from center consoles, bay boats and everything in between. With locations in Stuart, Lake Worth and Palm Beach, your next dinner-worthy catch is closer than you think!

The warm weather is upon us and there is no better time to break out your fishing poles and awaken your vessel from its winter hibernation. Your first 2019 destination has to include balmy weather, calm seas, and plenty of opportunities to land a great catch!

South Florida offers plenty of gorgeous, boat-friendly destinations that offer some of the best fishing in the country. Look no further, we’ve lined up our top five most popular South Florida fishing destinations so that you can begin planning your next fish & adventure filled weekend today. Just read on to discover what makes each of these destinations unique and what might be biting there!

Seven Mile Bridge

There are a whopping 42 bridges that connect all of the Florida Keys and it’s safe to say that there are thousands of fish swimming beneath them. There is one bridge, however, that takes the cake as an ideal South Florida fishing destination-the Seven Mile Bridge. This (quite literally) seven mile bridge connecting Marathon and Duck Key, offers a unique fishing experience and incredible views. Here, you’ll find an abundance of Schoolmaster, Mangrove, and Yellowtail Snapper. This area is popular with Marathon fishing charters, but, due to its seven mile length, you’ll have no problem finding a spot all to yourself. Ready to go? Make sure to bring along shrimp if you’re after Schoolmasters and pack some cut ballyhoo for the Mangrove Snapper. Of course, you don’t have to stop there! The Florida Keys is a destination in itself. Be sure to cruise back up north and hit the reefs of Islamorada where it’s not uncommon to catch Sailfish, Wahoo, Tuna, and more!

Key Biscayne

Just on the outskirts of Miami, Key Biscayne offers a beautiful and scenic area to land your next big catch. Located on a barrier island across the Rickenbacker Causeway, Biscayne Bay is a prime spot for landing Tarpon, Permit, and Bonefish. Due to the crystal clear waters, there are opportunities for sight fishing using both spinning and fly rods. Tarpon fishing remains consistent here year-round, but the best time to land a large Tarpon is from December through June-no better time than now!

Marco Island

Located in Southwest Florida, Marco Island boasts some of the best year-round sport fishing in the world! Marco’s shallow island-filled waters offer Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, and Sea Trout. Looking to go offshore? Venture over to the Gulf of Mexico for a chance at catching Grouper, Snapper, King Mackeral, Little Tuni, and Cobia. Marco Island is just minutes from Naples and Fort Myers, each offering even more fishing (and seafood eating) opportunities!

Lighthouse Point

Lighthouse Point is a true boating community with over 18 miles of waterways. Located north of Pompano Beach, this fishing hotspot is known for its many sport fishing options. If it swims in saltwater, chances are you will come across it off Lighthouse Point. From Kingfish, to Marlin, to Wahoo, big catches attract many avid sport fisherman to this area. After your day on the water, swing by Cap’s Place, Broward County’s oldest restaurant. Here, you can enjoy great seafood and scenic views of the Intracoastal!

Stuart

Stuart, Florida, located in Martin County, is the Sailfish Capital of the World! If that’s not enough to convince you to drop a line there, know that the area has also been nicknamed “Snook City” and “Kingfish Kountry”. This East Coast of Florida destination is rich with fish just waiting for an eager angler like you! In fact, Stuart sits on the most biodiverse estuary in the Northern Hemisphere. The multitude of fish in Martin County is due to it being home to 100 artificial reef systems and over 800 species of fish! In addition to the amazing fishing, both inshore and offshore, there is also plenty to do on land. Check out Stuart’s array of unique shops, incredible restaurants, beautiful golf courses, and quiet beaches. As you explore the area, be sure to stop in and say “hi” at our Treasure Coast location in Stuart. We offer an amazing selection of boats and are one of the top Robalo dealers in Florida! We treat each and every client in a personal and professional manner with the goal of placing you with your dream boat. Contact us today to discover the perfect vessel for your next fishing expedition!

We are pleased to invite you, and your crew, to the 10th Annual  Robalo BayFest Bahamas Rendezvous. Robalo BayFest is an organized crossing to Old Bahama Bay on the northern tip of Grand Bahama Island. All travelers and fellow boaters seeking a fun, organized trip to the islands are invited. Join us as we enjoy the beauty of The Bahamas with fellow boaters like yourself!

WHAT: 10th Annual Robalo BayFest Bahamas Rendevous

WHEN: August 1 – 5, 2019

WHERE: Old Bahama Bay, West End, Grand Bahama Island

HOW TO SIGN UP: Contact Chris Cantwell at  561-906-6167 or email him at ccantwell@mainstreetmkt.com.  He will provide you with an agenda and the necessary forms for inclusion. Once the forms are completed, please fax it to Chris (fax: 561-622-7675). Chris and the team will coordinate hotel, slip reservations and hospitality.

SPACE IS LIMITED AND ARE FIRST COME FIRST SERVED! DEADLINE TO RESERVE IS MAY 3, 2019.

From beautiful beaches to pristine, turquoise waters to colorful coastlines painted in local culture, the Caribbean boasts some of the world’s most majestic vistas—and for Florida boaters, it’s all just a cruise away. 

If you’re day-dreaming about upcoming adventures, you’re not alone! Take a look below as we explore some of the most beautiful, exotic and out-of-this-world destinations to be found in the Caribbean.

Bimini (and the Out Islands)

For Florida travelers, Bimini is the closest bit of the Bahamas to the US mainland—and, as it turns out, one of the most beloved by boaters, too. A historical favorite of many travelers, including notable names like Ernest Hemingway, Bimini is known for its laidback atmosphere, gorgeous waters and out-of-the-way attractions like the fabled Fountain of Youth. You’ll feel as though you stepped into an entirely new, unspoiled slice of the Caribbean, while still being a mere 50 miles from the hustle and bustle of South Florida’s coastal hub. While you’re at Bimini, be sure to dig into favorite foods like conch salad, traditional fish fry and other delicious offerings.

Bimini is one of the Bahamian Out Islands, also known as the Family Islands. They are known as such because they are the heart and soul of the Bahamas, where the majority of local Bahamians live and breathe their exciting island culture, offering a unique back-to-nature experience for travelers who crave an authentic adventure. Enjoy classic Bahamian hospitality, one-of-a-kind ecotourism experiences (like the swimming pigs of Exuma, or the pink sands of Harbour Island), and gorgeous boating opportunities at every turn.

Grand Cay

Over recent years, Grand Cay of the Bahamas has attracted more and more Florida boaters and sport fisherman as it is only a 5-hour trip from West Palm! A trip to Grand Cay is hassle free with access to a customs office. The best attraction on Grand Cay is Rosie’s Place, a full-service marina and famous eatery. Here, you can enjoy cracked conch, lobster tail, and fresh grilled grouper, perfect for fueling up after that scenic Caribbean ride.

Lucaya

Lucaya Beach is one of the most-visited spots of travelers to the Bahamas and for good reason! Soft sand and sparkling blue water are just the beginning of what you’ll experience as you cruise into the resort area. Here, you can enjoy watersports such as snorkeling, parasailing, water skiing, scuba diving, and of course, fishing.

While you’re there soaking up with sun, be sure sure to check out Lucayan National Park where you can strap on some scuba gear and explore one of the largest underwater cave systems in the world! The park also offers plenty of boardwalks to stroll through the mangroves and boasts some of the Grand Bahama’s largest dunes!

Walker’s Cay

This unique spot has been vacant since 2005 due to multiple hurricanes completely wiping the entire island. Many people are thrilled at the reopening of the northernmost island approaching in 2020, just a year away! Anglers can rejoice because this spot is known as a legendary sport fishing site. The islands proximity to Florida is just one of the many reasons many are anticipating its reopening. Not to mention the islands own barrier reef that hosts majestic schools of pompano and amberjack, plus plenty of colorful tropical fish!

Bonus: Bahia Honda

Only have a day or two to enjoy some Caribbean-style cruising? Check out Bahia Honda in the Florida Keys. Though it’s not technically one of the Caribbean Islands, it offers much of the same out-of-the-way charm that its Caribbean counterparts are famous for—brilliant, clear water, white sandy beaches, and a delightful sense of seclusion. It’s the perfect place for snorkeling, long strolls in the sand or simply soaking in the sea breeze, and offers a great back-to-nature complement to travelers who have already experienced Miami’s vibrant big-city culture or Key West’s breezy, party-friendly atmosphere. It’s a slice of the Sunshine State that can hold its own against its Caribbean neighbors, any day!

Options for cruising the Caribbean are about as endless as the islands themselves. From Florida, nearby spots let you chart your own course and enjoy breezy weekend getaways. For farther-out destinations, you may even choose to hire a crew and enjoy the luxury of a hands-free, VIP adventure. Just be sure to gauge your boat size and experience against the extent of your trip to find the perfect option for you.

Of course, if you’ve been dreaming of a new yacht to go with your Caribbean getaway, that’s where we come in. At South Florida Yachts, we’re happy to help you find a vessel with the right size, style and craftsmanship to get you there—and wherever the dream takes you next!

Sun. Vibrant shorelines. An eclectic culture and year-round warmth. There’s nothing better than cruising Florida’s coast—except, maybe, landing one of these photo-worthy catches along the way!

Take a look below as we highlight 10 popular Florida sport fish worth fishing for on your next excursion.

Sailfish

When it comes to sport fish, the sailfish reigns supreme in a number of ways. For starters, it’s the official saltwater fish of the Sunshine State—it graces everything from license plates to t-shirts to our favorite seafood spots’ wall décor. But that’s nothing compared to the actual thrill of spotting one of these whoppers in the wild. Known for a long, spear-like jaw and flared blue dorsal fin, sailfish are typically found offshore. However, during the summer spawning months in Southeast Florida, they may toward shallow inshore spots, where females’ fins can be seen above the water (with male sailfish sure to be nearby).

In addition to its classically cool look—there’s nothing more “Florida” than posing with a prize-worthy sailfish before tossing it back in the water—sailfish are so beloved because they’re fast and up for a fight. With their jumps and bobs, they prove an awe-inspiring sight even before you land the big catch.

Tarpon

Depending on the catch, you might need a few people to help hoist up your tarpon for the photo! This hefty fish can be spotted as a silver flash beneath the surface of shallow-water spots, making it a top choice for anglers fishing the flats. The FWC specifies that this is a catch-and-release fish, so be sure to use barbless, single hooks and heavy tackle that lets you catch the tarpon in a snap (preventing it from getting tired so it can smoothly return to the water). Don’t remove the fish from the water if it’s longer than 40 inches across—slip out of your boat shoes and into the water for the perfect photo. There’s a reason why hands-on anglers love the tarpon, as it really lets them get in the water and enjoy the experience in a close-up, personal way.

Mutton Snapper

The Mutton Snapper is a local favorite. The Mutton Snapper more or less takes over for the Red Snapper in South Florida, the Bahamas and Caribbean. On the Atlantic Coast of Florida, Mutton’s are common on the reefs as far north as, roughly, Fort Pierce, but gradually give way to Red Snapper after that. In the Gulf, few Mutton’s are caught north of the Keys, although they turn up now and then in the bags of offshore bottom fishermen all along the Gulf Coast.

Wahoo

One of the ocean’s fastest swimmers, the wahoo is a serious thrill to catch (or try to catch—even if you don’t cruise away victorious, any wahoo encounter is sure to be a good time anyway). Trolling is the best way to catch one of these quick-movers, known best for their long body and shimmery blue and silver stripes that wouldn’t look out of place on a sports car.

Swordfish

A delicacy to bring to the dinner plate, the swordfish are by far the tastiest of the billfish family. Swordfish can be identified by their long flat sword like bills and their elongated rounded bodies. They are found in the canyons right off our coast ranging from 1400-2000 feet of water. Daytime deep dropping, on electric reels, is the most popular way to target this species or people typically use big conventional reels at night. They commonly reach a length of 9ft and can get as big as 14ft weighing 1,500lbs. A catch definitely for the record books and a memory that will last you a lifetime. 

Cobia

A strong, spritely fish, cobia is the ideal catch for anglers who crave a thrilling catch closer to shore. Brown, white and long, cobia can be found inshore—including inlets and bays—where it likes to hang out around buoys, wrecks and pilings. Opt for baits like small fish and live crabs, two of cobia’s preferred snacks, and be sure to bring your catch home. Cobia is regarded for its top-tier white meat that’s as delicious as it is versatile.

Mahi-mahi

Also known as dolphin or dorado, mahi-mahi is known for its one-of-a-kind color—a flash of glittery green and blue makes it a vivid addition to any angling scrapbook or social site where you show off your proudest catches. Look for this unique fish in warm offshore waters, with younger mahi-mahi hanging out among floating seaweed. If one of your crew catches a mahi-mahi, look around for the rest of it school nearby—but be prepared for a workout, as mahi actually means “strong” in Hawaiian, and for good reason! Once all is said and done, mahi-mahi makes for an excellent addition to your Floribbean-style dinner, and is often regarded as the best-tasting sport fish.   

Yellowfin tuna

Another vibrant catch, yellowfin tuna, sports a yellow stripe and finlets for an easy identifier. Almost as impressive as its color is its size, with the Florida yellowfin tuna record weighing in at 240 pounds. You can find this fish offshore, especially near drop-offs, and will want to employ go-to tuna techniques including trolling and chunking, where you toss bait chunks off the side of your boat to work up a frenzy for hungry sport fish nearby.

Grouper

Gag grouper and red grouper are the most common types of grouper seen in Florida, and they share some similar characteristics. In addition to their preferred habitats, which include rocky or muddy bottoms and reefs, both gag and red grouper call for heavy tackle and baits down low. Sure, they may not be quick movers or flashy fighters, but even the challenge of pulling a hefty grouper up from below is a rewarding task of its own.

King mackerel

They don’t call the king mackerel “king” for nothing! While common catches fall around the 20-to-35-inch mark, others have measured up to 72 inches, making the king mackerel an exciting opportunity for adventurous anglers. Bluish silver with a forked tail, you can find king mackerel in both offshore and coastal environments, including next to piers. Come spring, you’ll catch king mackerel moving north from South Florida, so they’re a popular choice for anglers cruising up past Palm Beach and beyond. Opt for, ideally, live baits (including herring, ballyhoo and Spanish sardine) or flashy lures that fall below the surface.

We hope that today’s guide helps inspire your next angling adventure! Now that you know what to look for, find the perfect boat to kick off your journey. We here at South Florida Yachts can help you choose from center consoles, bay boats and everything in between for achieving fishing fun (and much more).

With so much to see and do, cruising the Palm Beach coast calls for some serious fuel—for both you and your boat! When it comes to your appetite, we think there’s no better way to power up than with fresh seafood amidst the ocean breeze.

Searching for the perfect spot to satisfy your cravings? We can help! Read on as we share five of our favorite seafood destinations around Palm Beach.

Square Grouper Tiki Bar

We begin our seafood journey cruising down the Loxahatchee River, where Square Grouper Tiki Bar serves as a beloved local fixture for every kind of appetite. Come early enough to catch the sunset, or dig in after a thrilling day on the water—either way, you’ll be treated to fresh flavors and a bright, breezy atmosphere. Watch the waves as you dig into favorites like the creamy Smoked Fish Dip, Coconut Shrimp, Mahi-Mahi Sandwich and more. You can even enjoy live music seven days a week! When it comes to fresh seafood on the water, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Square Grouper Tiki Bar.

Frigate’s Waterfront Bar & Grill

Over in North Palm Beach you’ll find Frigate’s Waterfront Bar & Grill, a breezy dock-and-dine spot along the Earman River. Here, a relaxed, speakeasy atmosphere makes it the perfect place to unwind (and indulge) after a day of fishing with friends. Named for the famous seabird that always signaled a good catch to come, Frigate’s prides itself in a tradition of fresh seafood flavors—dig into a tropical Macadamia Yellow Tail Snapper, Clam Linguine, or the Fresh Catch of the Day cooked any way you want it.

Old Key Lime House

It’s hard to miss the Old Key Lime House. This bright-hued, homey destination stands out for its unique Florida style… and inside, the food is sure to please. Head to this Lantana hot-spot to enjoy local favorites, from zesty Key Lime Tacos—served with mahi, shrimp, chicken or grouper—to a hearty Jambalaya. Of course, as you unwind in the breezy waterfront atmosphere, don’t forget to enjoy a true Florida classic, Homemade Key Lime Pie.

Sailfish Marina Resort

Located in Palm Beach Shores, the Sailfish Marina Resort is a top seafood spot for diners who don’t want to stray too far from the water—and why should you have to? Here, gorgeous water views complement a diverse menu of fresh seafood picks, including Lobster Mac-N-Cheese, Conch Fritters and Caribbean Nachos (try yours with crab on top!). Of course, after a long day on the water, you can even bring in your own fresh catch to be cooked up by the pros, any way you like it. It doesn’t get much fresher than that!

Banana Boat

Cruising along the Intracoastal Waterway? When your appetite calls you back to shore, cruise down to Banana Boat Restaurant. With 250 feet of boat dockage, it’s not just a great place to cool off at the end of the day—it has all the fresh-from-the-ocean flavors you crave, too. Unwind under shaded outdoor seating area as you indulge in Floribbean flavors, from the vibrant Snapper Veracruzana to Beer Crab Dip or Bahamian Conch Chowder. 

Wherever you roam, there’s a Palm Beach area seafood spot just a quick cruise away! We hope today’s virtual tour helps you dig into some of the freshest flavors this slice of the Sunshine State has to offer.