Marathon Fishing

Marathon Fishing

Marathon is a favorite destination of many anglers. With excellent flats and backcountry fishing, plentiful reefs and wrecks, and close proximity to the blue waters of the Gulf Stream, Marathon provides many opportunities to catch a large variety of different species of fish.

Fishing the inshore waters of Marathon for Tarpon is a popular activity for many fishermen. There is also lots of Black Drum, Bonefish, Mangrove Snapper, Permit, Pompano, Redfish, Sheepshead, Snook, and Speckled Trout on the flats and backcountry waters.

Bottom fishing the many reefs and shipwrecks around Marathon can produce lots of different species of Grouper and Snapper. There is also good Amberjack, Barracuda, Cobia, King Mackerel, and Sharks fishing most of the year.

Fishing the offshore waters of Marathon is known for the excellent billfishing, including Sailfish, Blue Marlin, and Swordfish. There is also lots of Dolphinfish (Mahi-mahi) much of the year, as well as Wahoo.



Top Marathon Fishing Spots

  1. 409 Hump
    7/16/2012 6:24:45 PM - This 409 Hump is a large seamount that rises within 409 feet of the surface. It is a good place for bottom fish/deep drop, drifting/live baiting, trolling, and vertical jigg


  2. Carlson's Two Humps
    1/20/2016 3:01:31 PM - 600' deep and a good place for deep drops.


  3. Cowpens Cut
    7/3/2013 4:46:13 PM - Cowpens Cut is a cut that connects Key Largo to Islamorada. 


  4. John Sawyer Bank
    2/4/2016 1:50:53 AM - John Sawyer Bank


  5. Grassy Key Bank
    12/2/2016 10:05:18 AM - Grassy Key Bank


  6. Islamorada Ledge
    12/30/2016 2:19:26 AM - Good deep water ledge.


  7. 408 Hump
    2/16/2017 2:16:26 PM - 408 Hump is inshore of the 409


  8. Bamboo Banks
    12/2/2016 10:00:34 AM - Bamboo Banks


  9. American Shoal
    2/24/2016 12:46:22 PM -


  10. West Hump
    1/20/2016 2:57:05 PM - West Hump is located about 27 miles southeast of Marathon. It is an excellent place to catch Sailfish, Blue Marlin, Wahoo, and Mahi.



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Marathon Fishing Prediction

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Marathon, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Mahi-mahi

  2. Mahi-mahi

    There is a 49.11% catch rate for Mahi-mahi, based on 12835 Mahi-mahi counted.


  3. Yellowtail Snapper

  4. Yellowtail Snapper

    There is a 10.36% catch rate for Yellowtail Snapper, based on 2707 Yellowtail Snapper counted.


  5. Gray Snapper

  6. Gray Snapper

    There is a 7.86% catch rate for Gray Snapper, based on 2054 Gray Snapper counted.


  7. White Grunt

  8. White Grunt

    There is a 5.37% catch rate for White Grunt, based on 1404 White Grunt counted.


  9. Scaled Sardine

  10. Scaled Sardine

    There is a 4.34% catch rate for Scaled Sardine, based on 1135 Scaled Sardine counted.


  11. Spotted Seatrout

  12. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 2.77% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 725 Spotted Seatrout counted.


  13. Blackfin Tuna

  14. Blackfin Tuna

    There is a 1.58% catch rate for Blackfin Tuna, based on 413 Blackfin Tuna counted.


  15. Lane Snapper

  16. Lane Snapper

    There is a 1.37% catch rate for Lane Snapper, based on 359 Lane Snapper counted.


  17. Ladyfish

  18. Ladyfish

    There is a 1.01% catch rate for Ladyfish, based on 263 Ladyfish counted.


  19. Great Barracuda

  20. Great Barracuda

    There is a 0.97% catch rate for Great Barracuda, based on 254 Great Barracuda counted.


Recommedations above based on 101 species of fish and 26133 fish counted for May around Marathon.

To date, there are 141 species of fish and a total of 392937 fish counted for Marathon and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius.

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as 1939..

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Latest Marathon Fishing Reports

  • April 30
    5/1/2022 8:02:00 AM - #mahi and #tuna caught on the #fearless


  • April 29
    5/1/2022 7:54:00 AM - Great day the other day #tuna #mahi #snapper on #fearlessfishing #fearless


  • April 19
    4/20/2022 7:48:00 AM - Some #tuna on the #fearless


  • FISHBITES TENT SALE
    4/18/2022 12:57:17 PM - Friday April 22 2022 - 10:00am to 6:00pm Saturday April 23 2022 - 10:00am to 6:00pm Meet Capt. Rick Murphy and Dave Ferrell at the Fishbites Trading Post for a day of seminar


  • April 16
    4/17/2022 7:50:00 AM - Some snapper and tuna


  • April 9
    4/10/2022 6:11:00 PM - Another great day of fishing in the #fearless!!


  • AprIl 9
    4/10/2022 7:52:00 AM - Nice catch the other day on the #fearless


  • March ‘Dock Walk’
    4/2/2022 5:43:26 PM - The post March ‘Dock Walk’ appeared first on Bud n' Mary's Islamorada Fishing Marina.


  • March 20
    3/21/2022 1:11:00 PM - #blackfin #tuna and #yellowtail #snapper for this fun family on the #fearless #fearlessfishing


  • March 17
    3/18/2022 9:12:00 AM - #yellowtail #snapper and #blackfin #tuna on the menu from the other day #fearless #fearlessfishing


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Top Marathon Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Big Time Bait and Tackle
    Capt. Biff Goss and Capt. Jack Carlson are both professional fishermen who saw the need for a Bait and Tackle shop in Marathon, the Florida Keys. Their years of professional fishing experience guides them to carrying the best Rods, Reels, Tackle and

  2. Marathon Bait & Tackle
    Marathon Bait & Tackle is your one stop for everything you need to fish the waters of the Florida Keys. We offer a wide selection of fresh,frozen, and live bait. Charters are also available through the store.

  3. The Tackle Box
    The Tackle Box is a full service tackle shop located in the world's greatest fishing spot, the Florida Keys. The variety of fishing in the Keys is unsurpassed. Our business is to help you catch fish by providing the right fishing tackle plus advi

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Top Marathon Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. SeaSquared Charters
    SeaSquared Charters will Put You on the Fishing Action in Marathon Florida Keys! Florida Keys reef and wreck fishing with Captain Chris Johnson and SeaSquared Charters targets Grouper, Snapper, Shark, Mackerel, Amberjack, Cobia, Permit and various ot

  2. Catch 'Em All Sportfishing Charters
    Capt. Jeff Shelar will lead you on to a great day of Florida charter fishing on the crystal clear-blue water. Let us know what your perfect fishing trip would be and we'll do our best to exceed your expectations. Whether it's catching tarpon,

  3. Coral Charters
    Enjoy Marathon Fishing Charters with Capt. Brent Kindell in the Florida Keys. Try reef, wreck, Gulf, tarpon or offshore fishing w/ a Marathon local.

  4. Sweet Enuf Charters
    No matter your level of expertise, Sweet E'Nuf has charters for all ages and levels of fishing experience. Whether it's a fun family trip you're looking for or an intense day out with the experts, Captain Dave is the person to call for yo

  5. Angling Adventures
    Florida Fishing Charters with Captain Rich Smith provides one of the best fishing destinations on the planet. This is because our fishery is great all year long. It doesn't matter if your a beginner just learning to fish or an avid fly fisherman

  6. Always Enough SportFishing


  7. Shark River Charters
    Our 26' center console, open fisherman, is used for fishing all our secret areas. I offer half day and full day charters. Times may vary according to the time of year.

  8. Aikatsi Sportfishing Inc


  9. Sea Dog Charters
    Sea Dog Charters is operated by Captain Jim Purcell, the Offshore & Deepsea Fishing Specialist For The TV Shows The American Outdoorsman, Manny Fernandez's Rod & Gun Club, And Adventures In Paradise.

  10. Lady Catherine Charters


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Top Marathon Marinas

  1. Captain Pip's Marina & Hideaway
    Captain Pip's Marina & Hideaway in Marathon, Florida Keys (Mile Marker 47.5) is known for its spotless accommodations and friendly island atmosphere. Located on Florida Bay a half mile from the Seven Mile Bridge, there's easy open water a

  2. Banana Bay Resorts & Marina
    Banana Bay Resort features a full-service private marina for short- and long-term rental.

  3. Captain Hook's Marina & Dive Center
    Captain Hook's is a full service marina & watersports activity center. We have snorkel & scuba trips, instruct, train, & certify divers, conduct kayak & paddle board tours, rent boats, book fishing and spearfishing charters, and w

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Buoy Conditions

Station VCAF1 - 8723970 - Vaca Key, FL
May 20, 2022 3:18 am EDT
Location: 24.711N 81.107W
Wind Direction: S (170°)
Wind Speed: 6.0 knots
Wind Gust: 12.1 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 29.90 in (1012.5 mb)
Air Temperature: 80.1°F (26.7°C)
Water Temperature: 86.5°F (30.3°C)


Current Moon Phase

Waning Gibbous Moon

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