FoodChain Fishing takes you straight to the basics! If you want to take your family on an old-school fishing trip, look no further than Captain Carl Bish. He’s an angler and a science teacher who puts all he’s got into helping enthusiasts out. This charter means stripping down to the core – keep it simple, just go fishing.

You will be casting from a 26’ McKee Craft center console that was restored in 2016. She can comfortably take up to 4 members of your crew on a smooth cruise around the Keys and features the latest navigational electronics.

Once aboard, you’ll literally fish up the food chain – cast your lure, reel in your catch, then repurpose it to hook something even bigger! The reefs and wrecks here are teeming with fish, so odds of catching a big one are on your side.

You’ll target a variety of species including Snapper, Grouper, Mahi Mahi, and more, depending on the season. Capt. Carl will provide you with the necessary equipment, bait, and keep you in the loop on what’s biting at the time of your trip. The trips are suitable for anglers of all skill levels and you’re welcome to bring your kids along.

FoodChain Fishing will see to it that you get the most out of your time on the water. Not only will you fish around the Marathon reefs and wrecks, but you will also learn about the reef ecosystem and the town’s history.

Get ready to conquer the food chain!



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  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $600
    We will head to the reef and start catching bait. Small Snapper show first, then we will slide out deeper to some hard bottom, looking for larger Snapper and Grouper, and any other predator around. We will be back around noon. Start time can be adjusted to accommodate your schedule
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 3:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Mar 14 - Nov 5
    $500
    Head out for 4 hours of family-friendly fishing! You'll head out into the Gulf, reefs or wrecks where the best chance for hot action exists. Hook into Snapper, Groupers, and even Sharks! Capt. Carl provides bottled water and all of the gear you need for a successful day. Bring along any drinks and snacks you'd like to enjoy and you're all set! Start times are flexible.
  • Private trip
    Sunset 3 Hour Fishing Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 3:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Nov 8 - Mar 15
    $400
    This trip begins at 3:30 in the afternoon and goes through twilight on most days. On this trip we will fish while we enjoy a beautiful Florida Key's sunset. This late Autumn and Winter trip will generally include fishing in the Gulf of Mexico where we will target Snapper, Sea Trout, Spanish Mackerel and of course sharks if you would like. This trip is great fun and we generally have you back on land, fish cleaned and packed in time for you to head to your favorite restaurant to have it cooked for you.
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About the Charter Operator

Carl Bish
Marathon, Florida, United States
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I earned my first Captain's License at the age of 20 and immediately began operating charters on the Great Lakes. On Lake Ontario, we fished for King Salmon, Steelhead, Atlantic Salmon and Lake Trout. Walleye ruled Lake Erie, so we went after it, while Smallmouth bass always made for a fun trip. During the offseason I taught science in high school. The two careers were soon complementary – I focused on providing family-based trips aimed at getting children into sport fishing. I ran this service each summer during the fishing season until selling it in 2015 to move to the Florida Keys. Here in the Keys I continue to focus on family-based fishing in a relaxed "go out and have fun" style. I enjoy educating families on the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and the surrounding ecosystem. Onboard, our goal is to fish up the food chain or as our slogan says: "Start with a shrimp....end with a monster!"

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Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Grouper (Black) Black Grouper
Grouper (Red) Red Grouper
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Shark (Lemon) Lemon Shark
Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper
Snapper (Yellowtail) Yellowtail Snapper
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel

Boat Specs

McKee Craft (Center console) originally built in 1988, and restored in 2016. Powered by 2 150HP Outboard engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
26 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Jigging
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
PayPal

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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on July 28, 2021
We had a wonderful time fishing with Captain Carl! He picked us up right from our resort nice and early and saw the sunrise...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on June 23, 2021
Thoroughly enjoyed our time with Capt. Carl. I told him that I was looking for quantity over quality and he produced. He had...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on April 19, 2021
The boat is spartan for comfort amenities but quite functional for fishing. Good Penn reels. Fishing was a little slow, but...
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VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (PM) on September 27, 2021
Our trip with Captain Carl was extremely enjoyable.  He put us on the fish right away.  My husband got what he was looking...
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Despite the very windy day . We still was able catch fish and bring home.. Captain Carl was very friendly and helpful . The...
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FAQs about Foodchain Fishing

Foodchain Fishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $400 per group - Sunset 3 Hour Fishing Trip (3 hours)
  • $500 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $600 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (5 hours)

When you book a trip with Foodchain Fishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well

Trips booked with Foodchain Fishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (light tackle for snappers, heavy for others)
  • Live Bait (start with a shrimp end with a monster)
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (We have a cooler of water for all guests)
  • Fishing License

Foodchain Fishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Reef Fishing (Marathon has great patch reefs teaming with fish)
  • Wreck Fishing (Many a boat has not made it across the reef)

Foodchain Fishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Foodchain Fishing include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Grouper (Black)
  • Grouper (Red)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Shark (Lemon)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Yellowtail)
  • Spanish Mackerel