We are kayak fishing enthusiasts. We are not guides or instructors (well, yes, there are a few in our club), but we help each other, learn from each other, and enjoy kayaking and canoeing and fishing. We are kayak fishing in South Florida. Our activities take us into calm lakes and waterways as well as into the ever changing Atlantic Ocean. Many of us, but not all, like to eat fresh fish and we do catch and cook our share on a regular basis.
It behooves you to know your limits and to use good judgment anytime when going out on the water.
By participating in any of our activities, you assume all risks and responsibilities for your personal health and safety for you, your guests, and your equipment.
That said, we are open to all interested in kayak fishing mostly in and around Palm Beach County, but we certainly do a lot of fishing both north and south of Palm Beach County; all the way down in the Keys and Everglades National Park and up to Fort Pierce and Vero Beach with the occasional trip up to where they launch the rockets. Our members fish all over South Florida.
This Meetup club is basically a venue for people who like to, or would like to,fish from their kayaks, canoes, or SUPs (Stand Up Paddleboards).
You do not have to join our club to use the pages on this site. It is set up to be a good resource for water activities, and, of course, kayak fishing. It is hoped that you find these pages useful.
Want to find a great put-in location?
Go to the "GPS" pages to find all kinds of locations for fishing and launching canoes and kayaks using Google Maps, etc., running from north to south starting at Vero Beach and going all the way to the Keys.
Want to be active in the club?
Outings are planned by our members, so if you want someone to join you for fishing, Suggest a MeetUp (on the "Home" page). You may also Host the Meetup. All hosting means is that you will pick the place and time, openly invite others to join you, be there yourself, and, hopefully, socialize and exchange information about any skills or knowledge you may have (or want). Just Suggest a MeetUp or contact the organizer or an assistant organizer, and we will set it up for you. As the host, you will also have editing control over the Meetup. It is really very easy.
Since our activities are affected by weather and water conditions, most of our MeetUps are done on rather short notice. Many of our members are using the club to meet up with others outside of "organized" MeetUps too. We even have a place to put your phone number and contact information so you can be contacted for impromptu kayak fishing.
The "Weather" Message Board message is extremely useful with direct links to excellent surf and weather sites (some with real time videos and photos) and good forecasts.
Everybody, please, look over the site. There are a lot of pages and lots of good information about places to fish, etc. Look over Past MeetUps and Photos and Messages (Message Board under Discussions), and join us for good fishing fun. If you are already a member, be sure to sign in at the top of the page so you can interact on the site.
Right now the club is free, but there are ongoing expenses and Meetup has raised the cost to Organizers to almost $200/year now, so if you can afford to, we do accept donations by clicking on the "Contribute" button to the left. Any amount, any time, is a big help. We may change very soon to a pay system that Meetup sets up and are considering a yearly fee of maybe $10 to join and belong to the club.
Note: As we started 2015, remember that the waters north of us stayed warm all winter beginning in 2011, so the Mullet (and the fish that follow them south) did not move in like they usually do. The Finger Mullet Run stopped at the St. Lucie Inlet. It meant that salt water fishing in the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) and close to shore and the beach was better north of Palm Beach County in 2012. Later, 2013 was no better for us, and construction projects in West Palm Beach and Lake Worth muddied the ICW waters from MacArthur Park to the Boynton Beach Inlet. Conditions have improved though and fresh water fishing was fantastic all of 2012, 2013, 2014, and now into 2015, with tons of Bass and good eating Snakeheads being caught. Yes, do yourself a favor and check out the Snakehead pages in both the Message Board and Photos areas.
Now, at the start of 2015, we still did not have a finger Mullet Run like we used to, but some cold fronts did move through and some Mullet schools (not the Mullet Run) moved south again, bringing somewhat better fishing back into our area. Work on the Flagler Bridge and the Southern Bridge is mucking up the waters, and Snook Island construction is finished so fishing is getting better now. Snook season ended May 31st and will open up again Sept. 1st.
The club has a really nice Lifetime tandem kayak (good for one person or two people), so if you do not have a kayak, or want to take a guest and do not have an extra kayak, it is free to use on most Meetups.
The club also has the new Deeper Portable Fishfinder that works with your smartphone. Check it out.
Everyone needs to believe in something - I believe I'll go fishing.