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
    3/4 Day Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 4 - Aug 10
    $650
    price breakdown
    $650
    This 6-hour trip is fully customizable to your needs. Want to stay out longer? Let your captain know! Choose to spend your day fishing the reefs for Snapper and Grouper or go a little further out to target Tuna and Mahi Mahi. All trips are weather dependent and fishing start times are flexible. Capt. Carl brings along all of your gear, as well as bottled water. Bring along any other drinks and snacks you'd like and set off!
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Nighttime Mangrove Hunt
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Jun 10 - Jul 30 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun)
    $550
    price breakdown
    $550
    We leave the dock around 6 pm and return around midnight or sooner if we get the limit of Mangrove Snapper earlier. This is an "on the reef" trip for Mangrove (Grey) Snapper during the summer spawn that is going on now during the months of June and July.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $550
    price breakdown
    $550
    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 – Sunset
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 4:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - Dec 1
    $400
    price breakdown
    $400
    Begin your 4-hour trip in the shallow reefs where you'll catch some bait. Then, it's on to the reefs! Here you'll chum up Yellowtail, and as the sunset nears, you'll drop your baits to the bottom. When the sun goes down, big Mangrove Snapper get hungry. This trip is the best one for meat fishermen and your number 1 focus with be filling the cooler with delicious Snapper! There's bottled water already on board and you're free to bring along any other snacks and refreshments you'd like.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 3:30 PM
    $400
    price breakdown
    $400
    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.
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About the Charter Operator

Carl Bish
Marathon, Florida, United States
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52 Customer Reviews
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Member since June 2017
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) Barracuda (Great)
Grouper (Black) Grouper (Black)
Grouper (Red) Grouper (Red)
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Shark (Lemon) Shark (Lemon)
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snapper (Yellowtail) Snapper (Yellowtail)
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
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
GPS
Life Jackets
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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Caught several sharks.
Caught a lot of Mangrove Snapper
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Appropriate for children
98%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Great fishing day with my daughter.

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (PM) on February 15, 2021
We met the Captain at his house, very short walk to the dock. Hit the bayside, nice ride and was fishing in no time. Plenty...
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Amazing experience

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on June 5, 2020
Captain Carl was amazing. On time, very knowledgeable of the area and really helpful at all times. The boat is very safe and...
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Awesome 1/2 Day with Cpt. Carl

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on November 24, 2020
We spent half a day with Cpt. Carl and had an awesome time on the water.  Conditions were challenging (windy) but Carl took...
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VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (PM) on February 25, 2021
Overall a great experience! Slow start with bite but as the sun set it picked up. Good boat, great Captain who let us pick...
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Awesome day fishing with Capitan Carl

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on November 25, 2020
Great fishing day with Capitan Carl. Big boat confortable and good equipment. He was so good to Manny my 9 year old...
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