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Fishing in Marathon
With a name worthy of the area’s unbeatable angling, Marathon fishing has a way of always making you want to stay out longer, and fishing can be as productive in 10 feet of water as it can be in 1,000. The historic Bahia Honda and Seven Mile bridges are often named by Tarpon addicts as having some of the best fishing in the keys, and fishing in Marathon certainly isn’t limited to dropping lines under bridges. The elaborate network of patch reefs and reef systems means that if you’re fishing in the Florida keys you’re almost guaranteed to land something special. Year-round populations of Spanish Mackerel, Barracuda, Snapper, and Grouper, are joined by as many visitors below the water as above, and if you head out past the deep sea wrecks and into the blue waters, Marathon charter fishing can see you battling anything from Wahoo and Mahi to monster Tuna, massive Marlin, and even Swordfish. So let the crowds all squash onto that boat to Key West, you have everything you need right here, and from fly fishing fights to usurp the Silver King to deep water adventures plunging lines a quarter-mile into the abyss, it’s guaranteed to be marathon!
Despite the city being barely 20 years old, Marathon fishing has achieved legendary status thanks to the sheer number of places you can find fish. If we’re going to talk about the best Marathon fishing spots the only place to start is at Seven Mile Bridge. Spanning the gap between Boot Key and Bahia Honda Key, this incredible feat of engineering has made Marathon Tarpon fishing famous across the world for those in the know, and almost makes up for its less-than-inventive name. The huge spring Tarpon migration offers some of the finest Marathon fly fishing, with hungry fish passing through in their thousands, swimming right into the shallows where they can easily be tempted into biting.
If you don’t mind bagging a mixed batch (and really, who does?) then some of the best fun you’ll have fishing the keys will be out on the sprawling patch reefs nestled inside the barrier reef. Any half-decent Marathon fishing charter will be able to get you pulling in fish after fish, with various species of Snapper and Grouper swarming the bait. During the summer these will also be joined by Kingfish, Barracuda, and several species of predatory Sharks to make sure you get some good battles along with the tasty table fish. Head a little further and you can find deep sea wrecks teeming with Amberjack, and Cobia, as well as African Pompano and Goliath Grouper worthy of the name. This is all in under 10 miles from the dock. The real fun starts when you see the deep sea fishing Marathon has access to.
Marathon Offshore Fishing starts just a half hour’s boat ride away at the infamous Marathon Humps. These underwater mountains rise over 500 feet from the ocean floor. They draw up and trap bait fish in the strong currents they produce, creating an all-you-can-eat buffet for big game pelagics. Over the course of the year Blue and White Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, and Blackfin Tuna all make their way to these waters to gorge themselves on baitfish. They are often joined by the meanest Makos, and even Great Whites are a common sight. Add that all together and you’ll come out with some of the toughest big game battles you’ve ever fought in your life.
But hey, there’s no harm heading a little further out, right? Marathon has it’s name for a reason, and let’s not kid ourselves, we’re not here for a half day trip. If you head out past the Marathon Humps you will soon hit what has become known as Floyd’s Wall. Now exactly who Floyd was, we’re not quite sure, but what you can be sure of is that this is a wall to be proud of. Plummeting as deep as 1,500 feet, this tear in surface of the earth is one of the last great places for successful Florida Swordfishing.
There are several outstanding Marathon charter boats which now specialize in daytime Swordfishing, which can be nicely combined with fishing the Marathon Humps. However, nothing can truly beat the thrill of taking on these abyssal predators at night. There’s something deeply chilling about dropping your lines into the darkness. Waiting in anxious silence for those difficult-to-read bumps. Let your guard down for a second and suddenly you’ve lost hundreds of feet of line into the inky depths below as these primaeval predators battle to drag you down to their forgotten world deep beneath the waves.
Rules & Regulations
All licensed fishing charters in the Florida keys come with the necessary permits for everyone on board. If you’re not using a charter, temporary fishing permits start at $17 for non-residents. There are daily bag limits and closed seasons for several different species, and it is always important to check these if venturing out on your own
Types of Fishing
Fishing in the keys is as varied as it comes, as so are the different ways you can set up for it. Marathon Tarpon fishing commonly takes place in the shallows, sight fishing on fly or spin gear with your eyes always peeled for the silver shine of the king’s crown. If you prefer, you can have just as much fun taking one of the many Marathon Tarpon charters out into deeper waters where a mixture of chumming, trolling, and casting with whole live Mullet or Crabs ought to get the job done.
Fishing the patch reefs can achieve great results with relatively simple gear. Anchor just off the reef and chum down-current to tempt the fish close, then bottom fish with light action rods to give you the upper hand when reeling them in. Using a wire leader can save a lot of time and frustration, as there are plenty of Barracuda and Mackerel around which just love to bite through your line.
If you’re fishing offshore, you could do yourself some serious favors by opting for heavy tackle, especially if the likes of Great Whites are in season. If you want the challenge, though, or just feel the need to punish yourself, you can find plenty of top-notch Marathon fishing charters which specialize in light tackle battles, or even tempting big game catches on fly gear.
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