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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.



Marathon Fishing Forecast

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. Yellowtail Snapper

  2. Yellowtail Snapper

    There is a 30.16% catch rate for Yellowtail Snapper, based on 1323 Yellowtail Snapper counted.

    Marathon Yellowtail Snapper Counts Chart
    Yellowtail

    ENLARGE MARATHON YELLOWTAIL SNAPPER COUNTS CHART


  3. Gray Snapper

  4. Gray Snapper

    There is a 12.86% catch rate for Gray Snapper, based on 564 Gray Snapper counted.

    Marathon Gray Snapper Counts Chart
    Gray

    ENLARGE MARATHON GRAY SNAPPER COUNTS CHART


  5. Mahi-mahi

  6. Mahi-mahi

    There is a 8.94% catch rate for Mahi-mahi, based on 392 Mahi-mahi counted.

    Marathon Mahi-mahi Counts Chart
    Mahi-mahi

    ENLARGE MARATHON MAHI-MAHI COUNTS CHART


  7. Pinfish

  8. Pinfish

    There is a 6.36% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 279 Pinfish counted.

    Marathon Pinfish Counts Chart
    Pinfish

    ENLARGE MARATHON PINFISH COUNTS CHART


  9. Lane Snapper

  10. Lane Snapper

    There is a 5.11% catch rate for Lane Snapper, based on 224 Lane Snapper counted.

    Marathon Lane Snapper Counts Chart
    Lane

    ENLARGE MARATHON LANE SNAPPER COUNTS CHART


  11. White Grunt

  12. White Grunt

    There is a 4.19% catch rate for White Grunt, based on 184 White Grunt counted.

    Marathon White Grunt Counts Chart
    White

    ENLARGE MARATHON WHITE GRUNT COUNTS CHART


  13. Bluestriped Grunt

  14. Bluestriped Grunt

    There is a 4.01% catch rate for Bluestriped Grunt, based on 176 Bluestriped Grunt counted.

    Marathon Bluestriped Grunt Counts Chart
    Bluestriped

    ENLARGE MARATHON BLUESTRIPED GRUNT COUNTS CHART


  15. Blue Runner

  16. Blue Runner

    There is a 1.78% catch rate for Blue Runner, based on 78 Blue Runner counted.

    Marathon Blue Runner Counts Chart
    Blue

    ENLARGE MARATHON BLUE RUNNER COUNTS CHART


  17. Great Barracuda

  18. Great Barracuda

    There is a 1.69% catch rate for Great Barracuda, based on 74 Great Barracuda counted.

    Marathon Great Barracuda Counts Chart
    Great

    ENLARGE MARATHON GREAT BARRACUDA COUNTS CHART


  19. Blackfin Tuna

  20. Blackfin Tuna

    There is a 1.5% catch rate for Blackfin Tuna, based on 66 Blackfin Tuna counted.

    Marathon Blackfin Tuna Counts Chart
    Blackfin

    ENLARGE MARATHON BLACKFIN TUNA COUNTS CHART


Recommendations above based on 80 species of fish and 4387 fish counted for April around Marathon.

To date, there are 177 species of fish and a total of 661922 fish counted for Marathon and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 2/5/1855 (169 years).

Last Update: 4/18/2024 3:06:51 PM

*** 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 the year 1600.

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Marathon are the following:

  1. 409 Hump
    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
    600' deep and a good place for deep drops.


  3. 408 Hump
    408 Hump is inshore of the 409


  4. American Shoal


  5. West Hump
    West Hump is located about 27 miles southeast of Marathon. It is an excellent place to catch Sailfish, Blue Marlin, Wahoo, and Mahi.


  6. wreck-2097


  7. MARATHON REEF
    Name MARATHON REEF County MONROE Depth (in feet) 115 Relief (in feet) 0 Description 1982 MARATHON'S VACA CUT BRIDGE SPANS Date of Deployment December 31 1982 Primary Material


  8. Marathon Hump
    Marathon Hump is also known as Marathon Hump West. Drops to over 1200 feet on the east side. 


  9. wreck-8001


  10. unknown hump


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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. 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

  5. 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

  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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Bouy Conditions

Station VCAF1 - 8723970 - Vaca Key, FL
April 18, 2024 10:18 pm EDT
Location: 24.711N 81.107W
Wind Direction: E (90°)
Wind Speed: 6.0 knots
Wind Gust: 8.9 knots
Air Temperature: 76.6°F (24.8°C)
Water Temperature: 79.9°F (26.6°C)


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