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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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 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, 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
HOW TO SIGN UP: Contact Chris Cantwell at 561-906-6167 or email him at email@example.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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
There’s no better feeling than coming home with your very own boat from South Florida Yachts—except, maybe, cruising out for the first time!
Wondering how to keep your boat in perfect shape, trip after trip? We can help! Just read on as we share five tips for caring for your boat and maintaining that “new-boat feel.” Take a look.
Use your boat
One of the best ways to keep your boat looking and running its best? Use it!
We know, that advice is pretty easy to follow. But regularly using your boat comes with some helpful perks. You’re regularly rinsing it, for starters, which is a suggested step—especially if you’re coming in from an ocean excursion as you’ll want to prevent any corrosion from the salt in the water. Regularly taking out your boat can also help you keep your engine running smoothly, and will allow you to notice potential stains or spots to address before they have a chance to set in.
When it comes to rinsing your boat, it’s best to opt for a double-duty approach. Give your boat a good rinse once, right after you’ve left the water, and then at home or your local marina for regular cleanings. Use a finer spray when it comes to your deck, doors and other spots where water can potentially settle in. Save the higher-powered rinsing for the overall exterior, where you’re focused most on clearing away the leftover salt. While you’re rinsing, be sure to cover your boat’s trailer, too, to keep it operating smoothly.
Opt for a mild, marine-friendly soap
A mild soap-and-water mixture is the bulk of what you will need for maintaining the overall look of your boat. You can pick up an eco-friendly marine soap for wash days, while keeping a simple soap-and-water solution on board for small clean-up jobs as they happen.
Because your boat has such a large surface area, you’ll want to wash it in parts—otherwise, if you apply soap to the entire boat all in one step, you’ll find that parts of it have dried before you’re even able to rinse it down. Focus on the bow first, for example, and work your way back to ensure a brilliant shine with no soapy residue.
Keeping your boat covered from the elements is a great way to ensure that it looks better, longer—plus, there will be less debris for you to clear away before your next trip! If you aren’t able to cover up your boat entirely when it’s not in use, you can still help protect it by applying a basic windshield cover as you travel out to your next destination.
Apply wax for a fresh-from-the-showroom shine
Once in a while, you can go the extra (nautical) mile and apply wax for a brilliant shine! It’s the ultimate way to boost your boat’s overall sheen, all while helping protect against sun exposure and buildup that comes with life on the water.
Long beyond the day you bring home your brand-new boat, these tips can help you keep it looking and running its best! Enjoy the confidence of a well-cared-for boat on your next adventure… and many more to come.
Happy New Year! As we look ahead at 2019, we dream about the destinations we can’t wait to cruise–and the boats that will help us get there. One of the latest boats here at South Florida Yachts, the all-new 2019 Robalo 272, offers an especially choice way to get around and experience the water in the year ahead. Its sophisticated center console design lends itself to a variety of thrills—including, of course, landing that trophy catch. Read on as we get to know the new 272, as well as a few of the key ways it can make your on-thewater adventures even better.
Home on the water
Want to find your second home? It might just be on the 272, where a spacious center console configuration and family-minded layout offer all the comforts of home on the water. Passengers can recline by the bow or transom as you carve out some casting time—or if you need the extra room, simply fold up the transom bench and cast your line there! When you think the Robalo 272, think “versatility.” Flexible details like this give you a way to craft the custom angling adventure you have always dreamed of, so that you can fish by day, entertain by night, and enjoy your surroundings to the fullest.
Don’t forget about the angler-approved details that make the 272 a favorite boat for fishing. A livewell that’s molded into the port-side gunwale comes with a clear-view hatch, providing the perfect place to store (and show off) your most impressive catches. Ample square footage gives you plenty of room to find that ideal casting spot, while shade up top keeps you cool, comfortable and collected as you aim for that trophy catch.
The Robalo way
Of course, the 2019 Robalo 272 comes complete with all the little touches that make every Robalo an angler’s dream. A dry-riding freeboard, for example, gives you and your crew the chance to embark on high-octane adventures while staying cool, dry and comfortable. A thoughtfully designed forward keel, meanwhile, provides the momentum you need to really get the most out of those exciting offshore runs (though your 272 is just as apt at slow, shallow-water days, too!). The 2019 Robalo 272 is sure to bring your family on-the-water thrills, catches and memories throughout the year and beyond. Be sure to visit South Florida Yachts to see this and other Robalo models soon! We look forward to helping you enjoy your time on the water to the fullest.