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Few fishing places in Florida attract as much attention and hold as many records as Indian River. Located on the Indian River just south of Jupiter Island and the Peck Lake bay, Hobe Sound is a destination of choice for anglers looking to make fishing memories.
One of the most prized fish caught in the waters around Hobe Sound is the tripletail. It is called tripletail because of how far back the top and bottom fins sit on the body. Anglers don’t care about that because the tripletail is one of the best-tasting fish around. Some prefer it to grouper.
This is a surface fish most of the time. It only seeks deeper water to find stable and warmer temperatures. Given the stable water temps at Hobe Sound, owing in part of the Gulf Stream that swings by in the Atlantic, this fish is almost always found at the surface.
It also loves surface cover. Floating grass mats are a prime location for this fish. Buoys, pilings and other structure can also hold tripletails. Researchers are not entirely sure why, but tripletails will often lay on their side at the surface. They look like debris or a trash bag when doing that. They can change their colors to better match their surroundings.
Hobe Sound Fishing Guides keep an eye out for anything at the surface that looks odd. It might be a tripletail just hanging out.
Tripletails have a small mouth compared to their body size. Think freshwater bream for a good comparison. Your offering needs to be equally small. Live bait under two inches is preferred. Fiddler crabs are ideal. If you have a cork, no more than two feet of line between cork and hook is enough. Artificial lures need to be light enough to stay at or near the surface. Crab and shrimp imitators are the best.
Because the tripletail hugs the surface, it is a top pick for the fly fishing set. Shrimp, crab and minnow patterns are the best choices.
Florida’s saltwater fishing regulations allow each angler two fish per day.
Indian River is known far and wide for its speckled trout and redfish. A Florida record trout was caught in the river. Giant bull reds also frequent this brackish water river. Catching one of these trophies is as much luck as it is skill. These fish have seen plenty of pressure from anglers and are wary. Live bait, like shrimp, fingerling mullet and small crabs are the best choice for hooking a fish of a lifetime. Artificial lures that draw in the big ones are lipless crankbaits and shrimp-imitating jigs.
Just south of Hobe Sound is Jonathan Dickinson State Park. The edge of the park is filled with mangrove trees which means mangrove snapper and tarpon. Both of these fish swim among the mangrove roots looking for their next meal. Hobe Sound fishing charters can put you on the fish. Getting one out of mangrove roots is all on you.
Fishing really heats up offshore. Hobe Sound’s deeper waters have plenty of grouper, reef snapper and amberjacks. Many anglers look for Hobe Sound fishing charters to connect them with mahi mahi, tuna, swordfish, sailfish and marlin. These bruiser fish are strong, fast and exciting to catch. The best way to connect is by running several trolling lines from the boat at various depths. The outriggers with planers keep dusters near the surface. Rods right behind the boat can run mid-depth lures and a downrigger straight off the back end keeps one or two lines running deep.
Offshore fish drive their lunch to the surface and birds take advantage of this free buffet. Experienced Hobe Sound charter captains will keep an eye out for this activity. When captains spot dive-bombing birds, they turn the boat to troll past the commotion. Unless you see predator fish at the surface, you never know what you’ll catch until you connect. That is part of the excitement.
Hobe Sound is ground zero for one saltwater monster, the goliath grouper. This biggest of the grouper clan gathers in these waters in the fall to spawn. After that, they spread out a bit. The biggest go right back to their reef, structure, boat wreck or whatever they call home.
You must have heavy gear and strong back and plenty of arm strength to wrestle one of these fish to the boat. Even in shallow water, they are a challenge.
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