Top fishing trips in Marathon, Florida
Everything to Know About Booking a fishing charter in Marathon
What are the best fishing charters in Marathon?
Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 11 trips in Marathon, and the most popular trips in the area are Inshore Fishing Marathon Key - Blue Magic guided by Steve, Full Day Trip - 40' D&A Custom guided by Brad, and 3/4 or Half-Day Trip - 40' D&A Custom guided by Brad.
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What types of fishing charters are common in Marathon?
Nearshore fishing is the most popular in Marathon as well as offshore fishing, inshore fishing, and flats fishing.
The most commonly sought after species in Marathon are: 1. amberjack, 2. king mackerel / kingfish, 3. mahi mahi / dorado, 4. cobia, and 5. permit.
The most common fishing techniques in Marathon are light tackle fishing, heavy tackle fishing, and bottom fishing but trolling and live bait fishing are popular as well.
How much do Marathon fishing charters cost?
in Marathon prices can range anywhere from $700 to $1,800, but the average price for a half day in Marathon is $850. The average price for a full day in Marathon is $1,300.
When is the best time to go fishing in Marathon?
The most popular season for fishing in Marathon is summer, and most anglers book their trips 4 days in advance.
Where can I get a Marathon fishing license and what are the bag limits in Marathon?
See here for more information on fishing licenses in Marathon, bag limits for target species, and fishing season regulations in Marathon. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations in Marathon.
Marathon Fishing Charters
There are more than a few options for charter fishing in Marathon, Florida. Located about halfway down on the Florida Keys island chain, Marathon is in an excellent location for all types of fishing. In the winter, the average temperature is around 65 degrees, so the bite is on year round. You can have your choice of battling a Tarpon in the bays, stalking Bonefish in the flats, trolling bluewater for Mahi-Mahi, or deep-dropping for Swordfish - Marathon fishing charters have it all!
Marathon Key Fishing Charters
The city of Marathon is situated on 13 islands that are separated by inlets and channels. Within and around these islands are miles of flats, smaller islands, sandbars, and canals for you to explore with our Marathon fishing guides. Needless to say, there are plenty of places to fish in Marathon. This vacation destination is so attractive because of its year long warm weather, which means something is always in season. Starting in the early spring, the "Grey Ghost", or Bonefish, make their way into the flats and bays around Marathon and stay all summer long. Shortly after when the water warms up just a tad more, Tarpon, or "The Silver King", invade the bays and channels around the islands. Once the Snook bite picks up just weeks after the Tarpon typically arrive, you'll have all you need for the Inshore Slam - or add a Speckled Trout for the Inshore Grand Slam. Once the Snook and Tarpon leave town, Permit and Pompano arrive, so the bite is on all year long!
Marathon Deep Sea Fishing
In addition to being an inshore powerhouse, Marathon's location on the Keys island chain puts it in prime spot for some serious offshore and deep sea fishing tours. Just like the inshore fishing, something is biting in the deeper waters around the islands year round. For the angler who prefers reef and wreck fishing, there are plenty of artificial reefs, sunken ships, and other shallow water structure that support a biodiverse tropical fish community. These trips are perfect for half day family trips, as you are pretty much guaranteed to catch something - the only question is what and how big! Year round the reefs are teeming with life, from Kingfish and Spanish Mackerel to Grouper and Snapper variants. Further offshore, the bite never stops as well. In the winter months, deep sea trips for Sailfish are productive. Come springtime, the Marlin and Swordfish begin to show up in the bluewater depths. Throughout the summer and fall, Mahi-Mahi, Wahoo, Yellowfin, and Blackfin tuna can all be caught on deep sea charters.
Things to do in Marathon, Florida
While Marathon Key fishing charters are a blast, the islands also offer plenty of entertainment on land. After a day on the pristine white sand beaches, check out the Dolphin Research Center or The Turtle Hospital for up close encounters of amazing sea creatures. There are numerous nature preserves to be explored by foot or kayak for the lovers of the outdoors. For the 21+ and foodie crowd, Marathon has plenty of island classic bars and restaurants to check out. You can find a directory of trusted local businesses on the Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce website. Check out our trips for info on Marathon fishing charter prices and more!
How are fishing conditions in Marathon?
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Species in Marathon
- Black Drum
- Blackfin Tuna
- Blacktip Shark
- Blue Marlin
- Gag Grouper
- Goliath Grouper
- Jack Crevalle
- King Mackerel / Kingfish
- Mahi Mahi / Dorado
- Mangrove Snapper
- Mutton Snapper
- Red Grouper
- Red Snapper
- Spanish Mackerel
- Speckled Trout / Spotted Seatrout
- Strawberry Grouper
- White Marlin
- Yellowtail Snapper