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Fish Heads Sailfish Invitational in Stuart Yields 85 Sailfish in Two Days

The first local major sailfish tournament for the season is in the books with 14 boats catching 85 fish in the two day event. Congratulations to Fishheads Tackle Sponsor and Lo Que Sea for their fist place finish. Tony Huerta, owner of Lo Que Sea, and Captain Kevin Paul caught and released seven sailfish Tuesday to win the two-day Fish Heads Sailfish Invitational in Stuart with 13 total sailfish releases.

The Reel Candy has been fishing everyday the weather permits. This is the best year for catching dolphin (mahi mahi) that we have experienced for several years. Remember “they taste so nice they named them twice!”

They sailfish are showing up and we have been catching them with both trolling or dredge fishing and kite fishing live bait. We have some open dates next week and a couple between Christmas and New Years.

Hope to see everyone at the Pirates Cove Tournament this weekend. Good Luck to all the Teams!

Reel Recipes – Spicy Tuna Crunch

Spicy Tuna Crunch

Spicy Tuna CrunchThis recipe is super easy and fun. You will want to deep fry the finish product at 350 degrees if possible, or you can just pan fry it on the stove. Either way is good, but deep frying will speed things up quite a bit.


  • 1 Bag of Wasabi Powder (Can be bought in Any Oriental Market)
  • 4 Each 8oz. Tuna Steaks
  • 1 Box of Panko Bread Crumbs (Japanese Bread Crumbs)


  1. First thing you want to do is wash off the tuna steaks and place them in the refrigerator.
  2. Next mix about half the bag of wasabi powder in a mixing bowl with cold water. About 10 oz of water should do, but you need to get the right consistency.
  3. You are looking for a batter that the Tuna can be dipped into. The thicker the batter, the more spicy it will be, and the thinner the less spicy. Totally up to you.
  4. Mix the Wasabi batter and once you have the consistency you want, then place the Tuna Steaks in the Batter.
  5. While the Tuna is soaking for a Minute, place the Panko Bread Crumbs in a Bowl and get the Oil ready, whether it be in a Deep Fryer or on the Stove.
  6. Remove the Tuna from the batter and let it drain well before placing in the Panko.
  7. Bread the Tuna well and place on a plate and repeat process until all Tuna Steaks have been breaded.
  8. Now place the Tuna Steaks in the Oil just long enough to get the bread crumbs crispy and Golden Brown.
  9. You definitely want to try and serve the Tuna Rare, because it will dry out if it is over cooked.
  10. This goes well sliced and placed over a Fresh Salad, or it even makes a Great Tuna Sandwich with a Kick!

Reel Recipes – Grilled Yellow Fin Tuna Steak

Grilled Yellow-Fin Tuna Steaks

Grilled Yellow Fin TunaGrilled Yellow-fin Tuna is an easy and quick dish that almost anyone can do. If you are trying to prepare this dish for the first time, simply be sure no to overcook the tuna because it can be a little tough and chewy.


  • 4 Six to Eight oz. Portions of Yellow fin Tuna
  • 1 Bunch of Fresh Thyme Stems Removed and Chopped
  • 3 oz. of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Head of Garlic Peeled and Minced
  • 3 oz. of Fresh Lemon Juice (2oz. if you use Fresh Lime)
  • 3 Pinched of Salt (Sea salt is Great if you Have it)
  • 2 Pinches of Fresh Ground Black Pepper


The tuna should be grilled over an open flame . If for some reason you do not have access to a grill, then a smoking hot frying pan will work.

  1. First thing is to light the grill and let it heat up.
  2. In a mixing bowl combine all of your ingredients, except for the tuna and mix very well with a whisk.
  3. Place the tuna steaks in a Tupperware container and cover with the marinade.
  4. Be sure to rub the ingredients into the fish real well, but be gentle with it.
  5. Let the fish sit for about 15 minutes in the refrigerator, but not too much longer or the lemon juice will start to cook the fish and it will be discolored.
  6. Once the grill is hot enough use some paper towels or a clean dish towel that you are not attached to and put a little bit of the oil from the marinade on it.
  7. Now using a pair of tongs, quickly and carefully rub the oil on the grill to keep the fish from sticking.
  8. Take your tuna steaks out of the marinade and using your hands rub off all the oil and other ingredients.
  9. Place the tuna on the grill for about 15 to 20 seconds then flip over. Cook for about 10 to 15 seconds and pull of the grill.
  10. For maximum flavor the tuna should be a little red inside, or at the very least, pink.

Reel Recipes – Battered Grouper with Banana Lobster Butter Sauce

Battered Grouper with Banana Lobster Butter Sauce

Battered Grouper


  • 4 Each 8 oz, Grouper Fillet’s
  • 4 oz. of Fresh Minced Lobster Meat
  • 2 Whole Limes, Juiced
  • 1 Small Yellow Onion, Diced
  • 1/2 Stalk of Green Onion (Scallions), Chopped
  • 3 lbs. of Salted Butter
  • 1 Fresh Banana Peeled and Diced
  • 1 lb. All Purpose Flour Seasoned with a Pinch of Salt and Pepper
  • 6 Eggs Beaten in a Bowl
  • 1/2 Gallon of Vegetable Oil

Method of Preparation:

  1. In a sauce pan slowly melt the butter and set aside. In a large pot, place the oil and heat to 350 degrees.
  2. The fish should be sprinkled with a little salt and pepper and soaked in the lime juice for about 2 minutes then place it in the egg batter. While the oil is heating and butter is melting, grab another small sauce pan and on medium heat, sauté the onions and minced lobster meat with a touch of the melted butter for about a minute, then add the chopped scallions and stir.
  3. At this time turn off the stove and remove the sauce pan from the heat. Once the butter has totally melted in the other sauce pan, pour it into the mixture of onions and lobster, but try not to get any of the milk solids that have settled to the bottom of the pan.. It’s okay if some gets in.. Now add the diced banana and stir. Sauce is done. When the oil is hot enough, coat the fish with the seasoned flour and gently add to the oil. Fry for about 5 to 7 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish. Place on a plate and ladle with sauce. Be sure to stir the sauce really well so you get all the goodness at the bottom.

Reel Recipes – Pan Fried Yellowtail Snapper with Key Lime Tartar Sauce

Pan-Fried Yellowtail Snapper with Key Lime Tartar Sauce

Yellow Tail Snapper


  • 4 8-10 oz yellow tail fillets
  • 1 clove fresh Garlic mince
  • 4 oz Olive Oil
  • 6 oz Vegetable or Canola oil
  • 4 TBs Paul Prudomme’s Seafood Magic
  • 12 Fresh Key limes juiced
  • 8 oz all purpose Flour
  • 6 oz Cornmeal
  • 4 oz Relish
  • 24 oz Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 Medium Onion Diced
  • 1/2 tsp Lea & Perrin’s Worcestershire Sauce
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


Let’s make the tartar sauce and place it in the refrigerator before getting started on the fish. In a mixing bowl, add the Mayo, diced Onion, Relish, Worcestershire Sauce. a pinch of Salt and Pepper and about 2oz. of fresh Lime Juice. You can add more or less depending on how tangy you like it. Mix well with a whisk and store in the refrigerator.

First thing you want to do is place the minced Fresh Garlic, Olive Oil, Lime Juice and Seafood Majic in a bowl and mix it up really well. This will be the marinade for the Yellowtail, so place the Fillet’s in a tupperware or disposable pan and smother wit the marinade.

Make sure you save some of the lime juice to make the tartar sauce later, or just pick up a few more limes. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Throw the All Purpose Flour and Cornmeal together in a bowl, along with a pinch of salt and pepper and mix well. The cornmeal will add a little crunch factor to the fish, that you normally wouldn’t get using just flour.
Get a Large frying pan and place it on the stove on High Heat WITHOUT putting any oil in it. Now take the fish out of the marinade and place in the flour cornmeal mixture. Coat well on both sides.

Now that the pan is Hot, turn the heat down to Medium/High and add the Vegetable or Canola Oil. I test the heat of the oil by sprinkling a little flour in it. When it starts to sizzle then it’s ready. Place the fillets in the hot oil and let them pan fry for about 30 seconds, or until Golden brown and then carefully flip them over using a pair of tongs.

Turn off the oil and place the fillets on a plate with some paper towels to soak up any excess grease. Place the fish on a baking sheet and place in the oven for about 5 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish.
This recipe really is good with just about any type of fish, but works well with different types of Snapper. I especially enjoy serving this over a nice crisp cold salad.

I hope you Enjoy it and until next time, keep those lines tight!!!

Chef Frank Mazzarella


Reel Recipes – Lobster Mac-N-Cheese

Lobster Mac N Cheese

Lobster Mac_N_Cheese


  • 8 oz. your favorite macaroni (I use elbows)
  • 16 oz. half and half or whole milk
  • 8 oz. shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 2 oz. shredded Asiago
  • 4 oz. grated fresh Parmesan
  • 4 oz. Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 1 lb. lobster meat, chopped
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 small garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook your macaroni but make sure NOT to overcook; they will be cooking a little more later. Drain pasta and keep it aside warm, if possible.
  3. In a double-boiler combine Cheddar, Asiago, cream cheese, 2 oz of Parmesan, and Gruyere and heat until blended, stir occasionally.
  4. Gradually add cream, stirring until smooth.
  5. Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan. Add shallot and garlic and sauté for about 2 – 3 minutes. Add lobster meat and sauté for about a minute (just heat up the meat).
  6. Add pasta to your lobster mixture and then add your melted cheese sauce and salt and pepper. Mix well!
  7. Place it all in a casserole dish, sprinkle with remaining parmesan (you don’t really need more, but if you like cheese go ahead, go for it!), then top with breadcrumbs.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or until bread crumbs are golden brown.

Dolphin Bite is Picking Up! Plenty of BIG Sharks Too.

Reel Candy has been fully booked with charters this past month, sorry to those of you that called! Now this means we don’t get much time on the computer to tell everyone how good it’s been! The Dolphin bite has picked up considerably, as well as a few sailfish still lingering behind. One charter in particular had some big bull sharks which we were reel careful with, and Friday we hooked a BIG hammerhead!

The ALL NEW Reel Candy Tee Shirts have just arrived and they are available in colors as well as white in both short sleeve and long sleeve. You can order on line or give us a call on the numbers below.

Yellowfin Tuna have been making a showing on The Corner, (Cayman). Our friend Clark on the Funny Feeling II caught 7 last Wednesday between 50 and 65 pounds. Reel Candy’s first charter this year will be April 26th.

We have charters leaving for San Salvador, the 19th of this month and then onto the Dominican Republic for a short deep sea fishing trip. Hopefully we will have some good things to report.

May is normally a great time for fishing here in Jupiter, FL and we are excited about Fishing the Reel Candy at home this season.

Stop by and see us at the Square Grouper & Tiki Bar- Castaway’s Marina, 1111 Love Street, Jupiter. We do have some open days… call and book now. Remember…”Spend a day…Make Memories for a Lifetime.”
Call us for available dates for your deep sea fishing charter now!
Call 941-928-8888 or 561-797-9769 and speak with Captain Marvin

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Chris Pulls a Sailfish On Reel Candy Charter
This Jupiter Sailfish report was wired by Chris Watkins on board the Reel Candy Sport fishing Charter boat which can be found between charters just offshore of the Square Grouper in Jupiter, FL.
Read the full article in Florida Sportsman Magazine by Kelly Johnson, of RV Johnson Insurance, and photographer.
Images here:!/photo.php?fbid=10151299769185867&set=a.113980625866.131531.113945210866&type=1&theater
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Sailfish Alley just off the Jupiter and West Palm shoreline is now providing lot’s of fishing action for Sailfish, Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) and Kingfish.

Join the fun on the Reel Candy….”Making Memories that last a Lifetime” since 1995.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Record Sailfishing!

What a week this has been! All kinds of records were broken for sailfish tournaments. Can you believe over 1,800 sailfish were caught in just 2 tournaments!!
Reel Candy and her team were busy with charters and played our part in this massive haul. We had some newbie’s aboard and 7 of our guests managed to catch their very first sailfish. This occurred in just a four day period charter. As you can imagine the trip home was great fun and no mention of the ones that got away. Deep Sea sailfishing is an experience never to be forgotten, the fight, the adrenalin and then the aching muscles, but smiles all round!

Another cold front is forecast for this week and I’m sure it will set off another record bite.

Call us real soon for some of the best sailfishing in the world! 561 797 9769 or 941 928 8888

Fish For a Cure KDW Tournament

KDW Tournament Fish For a Cure Blue Water Babes
Kudos to the gals on Reel Candy for all the time and effort they put into the theme “TEASERS”, for this year’s event. At Saturdays Third Annual Blue Water Babes Fish for a Cure Ladies KDW Tournament held at the Castaways Marina and Square Grouper Tiki Bar in Jupiter.
The all-female tournament, which only allows men to participate as boat or mates, produced some nice fish. All the ladies caught fish and had a great time, and all for a worthy cause!!
Our thanks goes to Capt Moon Crossman, Elvis, and Eric.
Sponsors for the event Jack @ Black Bart Lures, and H&H Signs. For results of the contest see: Palm Beach Post Article