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Top Fishing Charters in Marathon


With an elaborate network of reef systems, the Gulf and the Atlantic splashing its shores, and the sheer number of species on offer, Marathon is a 13-island paradise that will meet your every angling expectation. Just hop aboard one of the many Marathon, Florida fishing charters dotted along the coast, and set out on an adventure you won’t forget.

With so many options, you’re sure to find an adventure that’s perfect for you. The shallow waters around the islands are home to Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, and different species of Shark. Hit the nearshore reefs and wrecks for some rod-bending action against Mackerel, Barracuda, Snapper, and Grouper, or head out further offshore for a taste of Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo, and Mahi Mahi.

Depending on what you want to do, you can choose from a variety of trip options. A half day trip is the perfect family outing, exploring the waters closer to shore. A full day trip will give you enough time to sink a line at the reefs and wrecks and the deeper offshore waters, while an extended full day trip is a great choice for hardcore anglers looking to reel in the biggest specimens.

You can’t avoid fishing charters anywhere you go in Marathon! They’re lined up throughout the islands and just going to the nearest body of water will yield great results. All you need to choose is which side of the Keys you want to explore, and you’re all set!

Rules & Regulations

Fishing aboard a charter in Marathon is easy and convenient. You’ll have everything you need on board, and you won’t have to worry about licenses, as the captain will cover them. He will also make sure you’re always fishing legally, informing you of any regulations you need to know.

Marathon
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January

The depths of winter still see the gauge up in the mid-70s, with very little rainfall. The Marathon Reefs are incredibly active, with King, Cero, and Spanish Mackerel fighting the Snapper and Grouper for the bait.

February

By February the Sailfish are here in force, and large numbers of Bonefish arrive inshore, making for great flats fishing. Things also get busier on the reef, with big Barracuda showing their faces. Better break out the leaders!

March

The Original Marathon Seafood Festival is one of the biggest events in the keys, drawing over 20,000 attendees each year. Feast on lobster tails, stone crab, shrimp and more, and check out the market for local souvenirs.

April

Inshore fishing is dominated by Tarpon, and for the select few this poses the ultimate challenge in the form of the Marathon Invitational Tarpon Tournament. Offshore the Marlin arrive in force, as do the first few Swordfish.

May

The Marathon Offshore Bull and Cow Dolphin Tournament promises great fun this time of year, and the Marlin are hitting their best. Inshore, the Tarpon are joined by super-sized Snook, and the Bonefish are still biting hard. 

June

Mahi Mahi, Marlin, Sharks, and Wahoo all descend upon the keys to produce some of the best pelagic action yet. Down in the depths, the Swordfish are still waiting in numbers, so this is your chance for the trip of a lifetime!

July

The all-star offshore action is still in full swing in the hottest month of the year, making for some of the most exhausting fishing anywhere around. Inshore, the Tarpon tail off but the Snook stay strong, and the reefs are bustling too!

August

The temperature in August may hit the low 90s, but you can drop ten degrees if you go night fishing. The Swordfish hit their prime this time of year, so this can be a great time to target those deep-sea monsters.

September

The Bonefish are back, and doesn't the world know it! The Marathon International Bonefish Tournament kicks off in September, bringing anglers from around the country and beyond to test their skills against the Silver Ghost.

October

The rain finally eases off in October, and the temperature drops back to a sane 85. The Tuna are at their height this time of year, with Yellowfin and Blackfin biting well offshore, and the Tarpon and Snook are still filling up the shallows.

November

Permit, Pompano, and Speckled Trout all arrive just as the Snook and Tarpon leave (the world's nice like that sometimes). Jacks join the regular crowd of Snapper and Grouper on the reefs, and there are still Tuna offshore.

December

We can't think of a better place for the holiday season, with Kingfish and Mahi making for great trolling fun, and plenty of Trout in the shallows. The weather stays up in the mid-70s, so no danger of a white Christmas here!

Marathon Fishing Calendar

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Know that the weather can be unpredictable on the water and change quickly.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Know that the weather can be unpredictable on the water and change quickly.
Tammy  M.
Tammy M. SUNNY ISL BCH, FL
Book your trip today with Island Girl Charters you will not be disappointed!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Book your trip today with Island Girl Charters you will not be disappointed!
Mary  L.  V.
Mary L. V. Thornton, CO
With this company you cant go wrong. Captain Joe will make sure you have a great time. Expect to catch fish you might never have seen before.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
With this company you cant go wrong. Captain Joe will make sure you have a great time. Expect to catch fish you might never have seen before.
Donna  O.
Donna O. Cleveland, TN
If you're set on catching one species of fish in particular make sure its the correct season.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
If you're set on catching one species of fish in particular make sure its the correct season.
Zach  K.
Zach K. Riverview, Florida
Still got a sunburn! Super calm morning fishing and comfortable weather, loved it!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Still got a sunburn! Super calm morning fishing and comfortable weather, loved it!
Bethany  H.
Bethany H. Moreno Valley, CA
Make sure you tell the Capt what you want to do and he will make sure you get your fish.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Make sure you tell the Capt what you want to do and he will make sure you get your fish.
Rayniero  S.
Rayniero S.
Could be a beautiful choppy day or super flat like a lake. It's hard to predict.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Could be a beautiful choppy day or super flat like a lake. It's hard to predict.
Tracy  U.
Tracy U. Orlando, FL
July is hot and can be a slow time to fish. Be sure you know if your targeted fish are here when you plan the time of your trip.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
July is hot and can be a slow time to fish. Be sure you know if your targeted fish are here when you plan the time of your trip.
Dan  W.
Dan W. Wixon Valley, TX
Schedule a trip with Captain Shawn. He goes the extra mile for your family.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Schedule a trip with Captain Shawn. He goes the extra mile for your family.
Kenneth  G.
Kenneth G. Key West, FL
Do some research about the fish you want and when the best times to go during the year.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Do some research about the fish you want and when the best times to go during the year.
Erica  S.
Erica S. Groveland, FL
Take your time, fish in shore and near shore on your own, but make sure to take an off shore charter!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Take your time, fish in shore and near shore on your own, but make sure to take an off shore charter!
Shenandoah  G.  S.
Shenandoah G. S. Rock Hill, SC
Get a guide like Captain Buddy LaPointe that knows exactly where the fish are running at any time of the year or day.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Get a guide like Captain Buddy LaPointe that knows exactly where the fish are running at any time of the year or day.
James  W.
James W. Fort Mill, SC
my first time fishing in Marathon....go to Ana Banana charters they will show you a good time
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
my first time fishing in Marathon....go to Ana Banana charters they will show you a good time
James  P.
James P. Cape Coral, Florida
Know that fishing is good but expect conditions to dictate what fish will be biting
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Know that fishing is good but expect conditions to dictate what fish will be biting
Ron  H.
Ron H. Aurora, CO
Come have a great time. It’s the Keys, it’s always a great time because your not at work.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Come have a great time. It’s the Keys, it’s always a great time because your not at work.
Josh  E.
Josh E. Plattsmouth, Nebraska
If this is your first trip to Marathon, try and book your trip on Jersey Key Charters. We had an awesome day. The fishing was amazing.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
If this is your first trip to Marathon, try and book your trip on Jersey Key Charters. We had an awesome day. The fishing was amazing.
Kevin  O.
Kevin O. Middletown, New Jersey
Can't say anything but book it. And offshore fishing, live the experience With Sundance charters out of Marathon Florida.
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Can't say anything but book it. And offshore fishing, live the experience With Sundance charters out of Marathon Florida.
Neal  Y.
Neal Y. Erwin, NC
Make arrangements to ship fish home ahead of time. Also check with the airlines.
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Make arrangements to ship fish home ahead of time. Also check with the airlines.
Earl  M.
Earl M. Marathon, Florida
Do a little upper body work out a few months ahead of time because we caught so many fish..
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Do a little upper body work out a few months ahead of time because we caught so many fish..
Frank  T.
Frank T. Pompano Beach, FL
Go with an experienced guide, one that knows the waters, and where the fish are.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Go with an experienced guide, one that knows the waters, and where the fish are.
Grant  G.
Grant G. Tampa, FL

Fishing Kings
Fishing Kings
Fishing charter in Marathon
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 118 reviews
Captain Steve and his mate isaac very knowledgeable and informative..Well worth the money
Thomas  L.
Thomas L. Port St. Lucie, FL
Infinite Blue Charters
Infinite Blue Charters
Fishing charter in Marathon
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 101 reviews
Captain Bob and the crew were incredible! Caught lots of fish, all different types. They were very knowledgeable about every type of fish and usually had a personal story about each one. We saw a ginormous sea turtle it its natural environment, something I would have never seen other than in an aquarium. We were made to feel right at home and enjoyed every minute. Would highly recommend and we will definitely be back.
Suzanne  P.
Suzanne P. Rochester, MA
Callion Fishing Charters
Callion Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Marathon
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 124 reviews
Captain John got us on the fish quick. Caught so many that we lost count but our arms hurt from non stop reeling them in! We ended the day with a nice bull shark. Highly recommend this charter and look forward to coming back again myself.
Timothy  S.
Timothy S. Cutler, OH
Sundance Sportfishing
Sundance Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Marathon
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 50 reviews
The crew was amazing. Capt Bob and Todd did an amazing job. The fish were located and we all kept catching fish until our arms and legs were tired. I would highly recommend this charter to everyone. Great Time....😁
Debbie  D.
Debbie D. Hogansville, GA
Callion Fishing Charters
Callion Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Marathon
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 124 reviews
Captain was fantastic. Put us on fish and took care of every detail. Couldn’t have had a better day. Thanks!!!!
David  A.
David A. Hanalei, HI
Manicsportfishing
Manicsportfishing
Fishing charter in Marathon
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 82 reviews
4 hour trip with Captain Gregory & First Mate Jay. Great trip! Greg & Jay were excellent and we had a blast. Learned a lot and caught a ton.
Alan  C.
Alan C. San Juan
Infinite Blue Charters
Infinite Blue Charters
Fishing charter in Marathon
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 101 reviews
Captain Robert and First Mate Dalton we’re AWESOME!! Put us on the fish, lots of action, and were even lucky enough to haul in a huge grouper. This was a great first chartered fishing trip for my two boys. Highly recommend. Thanks for the great day on the water!
Chris  C.
Chris C. Fort Worth, TX
Captain Jay Charters
Captain Jay Charters
Fishing charter in Marathon
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 101 reviews
We had a great day with Captain Jay. The fish were biting and he provided top shelf service. My family has fished dozens of charters around the world and in the words of my 3 kids, “Captain Jay was the best captain yet.” If we are back in the Keys, no doubt that we will be returning customers.
Lance  S.
Lance S. Hot Springs, AR
Johnny Maddox Charters Papa 31'
Johnny Maddox Charters Papa 31'
Fishing charter in Marathon
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 112 reviews
Spent 3 1/2 hours on reef fishing dor Yellow Tail, caught 17, everyone had fun.
Gary  C.
Gary C. Flowery Branch, GA
Manicsportfishing – Pontoon
Manicsportfishing – Pontoon
Fishing charter in Marathon
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 65 reviews
Great day on the ocean in Marathon FL. Many thanks to Captain Jake for helping us catch 12 fish. He was the best captain we could ask for. He knew what bait to use and showed us different techniques. It was a great morning.
Bob  M.
Bob M. Morgantown, PA
Captain Jay Charters
Captain Jay Charters
Fishing charter in Marathon
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 101 reviews
He was a great captain! He took us offshore and when they weren’t biting due to the bad weather all week, he took us to catch some yellowtail snapper. He worked hard to make sure we had fish to bring home! My son got the fight of his life when he hooked into nurse shark.. Memories made of a great day together!!!
Teristia  F.
Teristia F. Bristol, FL
Manicsportfishing – Pontoon
Manicsportfishing – Pontoon
Fishing charter in Marathon
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 65 reviews
Captain Jake was fun and knowledgeable. He took us to a good swimming and snorkeling spot. Then he took us to a good fishing area. We landed plenty of fish. Jake even set out a big pole to see if we could land a shark! 4 serious bites later we finally had a shark that didn't break the line immediately. The shark did eventually get away only about 20 feet from the boat but it was awesome nonetheless. Fantastic experience!
Michael  S.
Michael S. Egg Harbor City, NJ
Captain Buddy LaPointe
Captain Buddy LaPointe
Fishing charter in Marathon
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 151 reviews
We had such a great morning on the water with Captain Buddy! We caught Spanish mackerel nearly nonstop along with a number of other species. We caught 11 different species in all. Captain Buddy was incredible with my kids (12 & 11); he was very patient and explained everything. We highly recommend and would book again!
Maria  B.
Maria B. Ormond Beach, FL
Infinite Blue Charters
Infinite Blue Charters
Fishing charter in Marathon
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 101 reviews
My wife and I had the best experience on our fishing trips . Captain Williams and his deck mate Dalton were so accommodating , they made every effort to give us first class service. I plan on returning to Marathon next year and will be booking with Captain Williams.
David  B.
David B. Big Canoe, GA
Foodchain Fishing
Foodchain Fishing
Fishing charter in Marathon
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 105 reviews
We had a great trip with Carl! My wife and I took our 4 year old son along. Carl was professional and personable from the start. We caught enough fish for several meals despite only being on a 3 hour trip. The boat was very stable and dry despite the breeze. His teaching skills are obvious and he is very patient with kids. if you are in the keys and want to go on a fun fishing trip, especially with kids, I can’t recommend him highly enough! Looking forward to next time
Clark  W.
Clark W. Tyler, TX
Island Girl Charters
Island Girl Charters
Fishing charter in Marathon
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 54 reviews
Had a blast! Caught our limit in yellowtail, then went shark fishing, that was fun! Ended the day with a beautiful sunset cruise.
Kirsten  B.
Kirsten B. Milan, OH
Foodchain Fishing
Foodchain Fishing
Fishing charter in Marathon
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 105 reviews
Very enjoyable trip. Captain was very accommodating to all of our needs. Plenty of fish caught. Will definitely book again in the future.
STEVEN  G.
STEVEN G. Lehigh Acres, FL
March Forth Charters
March Forth Charters
Fishing charter in Marathon
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 30 reviews
We were early but Capt Brian was waiting on us. He was prepared, well equipped and put us on fish! We limited out on yellow tail snapper. I highly recommend Capt Brian - he’s the best fishing guide I’ve used in the keys in 10+ years.
Joseph  E.
Joseph E. New Palestine, IN
Manicsportfishing – Pontoon 2
Manicsportfishing – Pontoon 2
Fishing charter in Marathon
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 19 reviews
Great trip with Cot Jake. Our boys (all teens) had a great time and super easy going trip. Jake made the trip awesome and enjoyable. Highly recommend.
JT  B.
JT B. Amherst, NH
Foodchain Fishing
Foodchain Fishing
Fishing charter in Marathon
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 105 reviews
Wonderful sunset experience caught several fish each and he recommended a local restaurant to prepare our catches. Capt Carl really went out his way to show us a great time and I’d highly recommend him to the most discerning anyone.
Andrew  K.
Andrew K. Flower Mound, TX

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Marathon

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Marathon costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $619, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,005. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Marathon is 30 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

According to customer reviews, Callion Fishing Charters, Infinite Blue Charters, and Fishing Kings are some of the most popular fishing charters in Marathon, Florida. Full list of top fishing charters in Marathon.

Callion Fishing Charters, Infinite Blue Charters, and Fishing Kings all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Marathon.

The best way to experience fishing in Marathon is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Marathon, Florida.

The most popular fish species you can target are Snapper (Mangrove), Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), and Snapper (Yellowtail). Top fishing techniques include light tackle, bottom fishing, and spinning. Reef fishing, wreck fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

We can't think of a better place for the holiday season, with Kingfish and Mahi making for great trolling fun, and plenty of Trout in the shallows. The weather stays up in the mid-70s, so no danger of a white Christmas here! Check availability for local fishing charters in Marathon.

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