Parks and Beaches Golf Deep Sea and Inland Fishing Fish Tales and Where to Find Them
Parks and Beaches

Parks & Nature Centers - from the 22,000 acre Dupuis Reserve and 10,280 acre Jonathan Dickinson State Park to the fascinating Blowing Rocks Preserve, Martin County offers 12 protected parks and preserves with another 67 located in Palm Beach County.

Nine lifeguard-staffed Atlantic beach parks are located in north Palm Beach and Martin Counties, including Jupiter Inlet Park, located mile east of Ocean Parks, Carlin Park, located mile south of Ocean Parks and the Juno Beach Pier, located two miles south of Ocean Parks along A1A.

Golf

Palm Beach County is considered by many to be the golfing capital of the world, and there are over twenty five golf courses within 14 minutes of Ocean Parks. Private, semi-private and public courses offer outstanding facilities, challenging courses and memberships to suit your needs. See the Golf Course Locator Map. The Jupiter Beach Resort has a page with information and directions to a selection of nearby golf courses. Check our links page for golf courses.

Social, tennis, golf and marina memberships at nearby Jonathan's Landing Golf and Country Club are available to Ocean Parks residents.

Deep Sea and Inland Fishing

Whether you're an occasional or avid angler, the variety and abundance of both inland and bluewater sport and game fish in the waters surrounding Ocean Parks has fascinated Treasure Coast residents for centuries. With record-breaking "keepers" seemingly caught every year, the nationally acclaimed waters of the Loxahatchee and the Treasure Coast's unpolluted Atlantic are truly a fisherman's dream.

The Treasure and northern Gold Coasts' proximity to the Gulfstream, as well as tens of thousands of acres of inland waters, offers both inland and saltwater anglers an exceptional range of year 'round fishing opportunities. An additional source of the Treasure Coast's plentiful fish population is the lagoon-like, 140-mile Indian River which extends from Cape Canaveral to Jupiter, and is considered by experts to provide safe shelter for the juveniles of almost 75% of the area's game fish. From the area's legendary catches of feisty Snook and Bass, to the somewhat less furious Catfish, Crappie, Shellcracker and Bluegill, there are more than enough inland and freshwater fish just waiting to be hooked to keep even the most demanding angler happy. If your fishing fever focuses on somewhat saltier action, the Gulfstream offers some of the best blue water fishing in the entire world, with record-breaking Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna and Dolphin (the non-mammal, Mahi-Mahi variety), as well as Bonito, Sea Trout, Yellowtail, Snapper, Pompano, Mackerel, Jack Crevalle, Amberjack, Grouper and Wahoo found in large numbers just minutes from your Ocean Parks home.

Fish Tails ... And Where To Find 'Em

The inland, coastal and offshore waters of the Treasure and Gold Coasts offer a wider range of fishing opportunities than just about any other similarly-sized area in the world. The following listing, while certainly not all-inclusive, will give you an idea of the variety of fishing fun and excitement that can be experienced by Ocean Parks residents.

The Legendary Loxahatchee Snook
According to local Treasure Coast anglers, Snook fishermen are an obsessive breed. A well-known local charter operator feels they're "maniacs", looking forward to the opening of Snook season with the same type of anticipation as small children anticipate the arrival of Santa Claus. With a noticeably protruding lower jaw, the king of the inland water game fish (also found occasionally in near-shore surf lines) will bite if they're hungry on just about anything, but they seem to prefer a diet of shrimp, mullet, pilchards, crabs and blue runners. They also respond favorably to noisy surface lures, spoons and jigs. According to local fishing authority and nationally recognized wildlife artist Bill Elliott, the largest Snook ever caught in North America was landed just a few miles north of the mouth of the Loxahatchee ... with many of tomorrow's potential record-breakers lurking today under the quiet green foliage of the Loxahatchee's Northwest Fork.

To assure that future generations of anglers will have plenty of Snook to pursue, Florida began regulating its Snook season in 1982. The result has been gratifying for professional fishing guides as well as recreational fishermen as evidenced by an area guide's observation that " ... Snook fishing has improved significantly over the past few years. There are so many it's almost as if we have a hatchery ... this (the "season") is a good example of smart resource management."

Blue Marlin - found in the Gulfstream waters off Jupiter Inlet, the Blue's size averages 150-250 lbs., with occasional catches reported up to 500 lbs. Best in late spring and summer. Ocean trolling with 50-130 lb. test - rigged baits such as mullet or mackerel are favorites.

White Marlin - somewhat smaller than its Blue cousin, the White is frequently landed a few miles into the Treasure Coast's Gulfstream and is usually less than 100 lbs. Best in late winter and early spring. Ocean trolling with sailfish gear - 20-50 lb. test - hits rigged small fish & squid.

Sailfish - this legendary fighter is found in the Gulfstream and open ocean and average less than 50 lbs., but can reach to over 100 lbs. Trolling or drifting with rigged small bait fish or (occasionally) artificials.

Blackfin Tuna (the Bluefin Tuna is rare in Florida waters) - usually found in the open ocean off Jupiter Inlet, the Blackfin averages 20 lbs., and "schoolies" run from 1 to 12 lbs. Sporadically found offshore year 'round. Surface trolling, drifting or deep jigging all work well.

Dolphin or Mahi-Mahi - found in warmer water, with great preference for the Gulfstream, "schoolies" run from 2 to 12 lbs. with solitary bulls weighing up to 70 lbs. Available all year, with "schoolies" most prevalent in summer. Surface trolling with rigged bait, spoons or feathers.
Bonito - available all year in all areas of open seas. Averages 10 to 15 lbs., and can be taken with same gear and bait as sailfish.

Sea Trout - found in coastal waters off Jupiter, Sea Trout are one of Florida most popular and abundant game fish. Averaging 1 to 3 lbs., in most Florida waters, and over 10 lbs. off the Treasure Coast, this tasty catch is available all year. Excellent casting fish, Trout will hit just about any lure, plug or fly. Also drift fishing with live shrimp or cut bait, especially in grassy areas.

Yellowtail - from deep reefs to coastal channels, the Yellowtail is available all year. Ranging from an average size of 1 lb., the Yellowtail occasionally reaches a weight of 5 lbs. Most readily caught drift or still fishing with shrimp, cut bait, artificials or even surface lures.

Snapper - 8 varieties of snapper are found in Florida's offshore and coastal waters, with year 'round availability for all. Most easily caught bottom fishing.

Pompano - most abundant in coastal waters, and available year 'round, Pompano range in size from 1 to 6 lbs. Strangely enough, Pompano seem to prefer a diet of sand fleas. Other food attractive to Pompano include live or dead shrimp and they will also strike spinning jigs, especially if they are yellow.

Spanish Mackerel - found in sporadic offshore runs in the fall and winter seasons, they average 1 to 4 lbs., and occasionally to 8 lbs. Most attracted to small live shrimp or fish, Mackerel will also hit fast-moving artificials, small spoons and white jigs.

King Mackerel - found in the Treasure Coast's offshore waters, these excellent table fish commonly weigh 10 to 20 lbs. in schools, while 30 to 40 pound catches are fairly common. Available sporadically all year, King Mackerel runs occur every winter off the Treasure Coast. Respond well to trolled spoons, feathers or rigged baits as well as drift fishing with rigged or live bait.

Trout - the most popular of all Florida game fish, the Trout is readily available in the Treasure Coast's coastal waters. Commonly ranging in size from 1 to 3 lbs., these table delicacies are occasionally caught up to 10 lbs. Trout respond to drift fishing with live shrimp or cut bait, and will strike on almost any cast lure, plug or fly.

Jack Cravelle - found in Treasure Coast runs in the fall, these speedsters respond well to topwater or fast underwater lures. Normally caught in 1 to 10 lbs. sizes, the Jack can reach over 20 lbs.

Grouper - 9 varieties of Grouper are found in South Florida waters, with 5 varieties commonly available in the Treasure Coast area [Black, Gag, Red, Warsaw and Yellowfin Grouper]. Ranging from extreme deep water to reef habitats, this popular fish is considered to be excellent eating, with the Gag Grouper ranked above all others in quality. The Gag is available year 'round in Treasure Coast waters, and ranges in size from 1 to 4 lbs. inland to 30 lbs. offshore.
Wahoo - aptly named for its spectacular fighting ability, the Wahoo is available year 'round offshore of Jupiter Inlet. Ranging in size from 15 to 50 lbs., this fighter occasionally is caught up to 100 lbs. Responds best to the same fishing methods as sailfish, using surface trolling artificials such as spoons or feathers.

Snook - available from late spring through fall in coastal waters, and year round in sheltered waters such as the Loxahatchee River. The wily Snook averages from 2 to 18 lbs., with a good number of recent catches weighing in at 25-30 lbs. According to local lore, a number of 40+ pound Snook have been caught in the waters surrounding Ocean Parks. These table delicacies respond best in inland shoreline waters to trolling plugs, spoons, live bait and shrimp.

Tarpon - these commonly available fish range in size from "aquarium stock" in shallow inland waters to well over 200 lbs. in coastal tidal flats, and can be caught year 'round in Treasure Coast waters.

Largemouth Bass - found in all Treasure Coast fresh and brackish waters, and range in size from "absolutely not worth the effort" to over 15 lbs., with 9-10 lbs. considered as the top size in the Loxahatchee. Available all year, these delicious fish respond well to casting with surface and underwater plugs, spinners, spoons and jigs as well as natural baits including frogs.

Catfish - common in all inshore waters, Catfish usually range from 2 to 5 lbs. The Catfish is available all year in Treasure Coast waters and will strike almost any natural bait and occasionally at artificials.

Shellcracker - found in the fresh waters of the Treasure Coast, Shellcrackers are considered excellent pan fish and range in size from 1 to 4 lbs., with half-pounders common in South Florida's inland waters. Shellcrackers are picky eaters, and respond almost exclusively to worms and flies.

Bluegill - another excellent pan fish, Bluegills are small with common sizes ranging from 4 to 8 ounces, with an occasional catch over 1 lb., Bluegill respond to worms, crickets and other natural baits as well as fly fishing with wet or dry flies and small poppers.