Jupiter has gorgeous spring weather and it’s a great reason to get outside. Try kayak fishing in the Atlantic Ocean or Intracoastal waterway. Kayak fishing is much different than fishing from a motor boat, canoe or the shore. This time of year, you can stay very close to the beach and catch a variety of fish.
Contact a local kayak renter or dealer, like Jupiter Outdoor Center at the Jupiter Inlet, to see if they offer any fishing instruction or lessons. The kayak community is very welcoming. The Jupiter community is based on our relationship with our amazing waterways. There is no better way to enjoy what Jupiter has to offer than to rent a kayak or stand up paddleboard and undertake your own adventure on the waterways.
When it comes to kayaks, it’s like anything else, you get what you pay for. A higher price usually means more features and nicer materials. Here are some things to think about:
1. Borrow a kayak or rent one and try kayak fishing a couple of times before you buy one. It’s cheaper to spend a little extra money on a kayak now versus upgrading later. Buy the best one your budget allows now, and you’ll have it for years.
2. Be visible. Kayaks come in various colors, including many highly visible ones. Paddles can be reflective and very useful.
3. Hire a guide, tell them you are new to the sport. They can help with paddling, boat positioning, rigging, safety, and how to fish from a kayak in general.
4. Finally, stay safe and legal. A life vest must be worn, and you need to have a noise making device, like an airhorn or loud whistle on the kayak. An Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon, known as an EPIRB, is strongly recommended to send a distress signal in case of emergency.