Charter Operator
Carl Bish

Member since June 2017 Marathon, United States
Background
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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Marathon, United States
Background
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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Fishing Reports

"Plan B" is A - Okay

June 27, 2020

The ocean had a nasty chop and a steady wind precluding us from getting out to the reef for an enjoyable day of fishing. We made the decision to head to the Gulf as our “Plan B”. On our… Read Full Report →


Just a Good 'Ole Day on the Reef

June 25, 2020

Headed out to the edge of the reef in front of Bahia Honda State Park. Set up over some fish in 68 fow and began the day. Great current but the Yellowtail Snapper were not there, we changed our… Read Full Report →


AJ's on the Wrecks

June 23, 2020

After a day at the humps and loading up on tuna and mahi, Jim and his son booked me for another day (Tuesday, June 23, 2020) to fish the wrecks and reef. Jim jigged up this monster from a… Read Full Report →


Father's Day 2020

June 21, 2020

A great morning, with a good Dad and crew that couldn't have been more pleased to see Dad reel in a trophy Mutton Snapper. We were fishing the reef's edge in 75 fow when this 28 incher smacked the… Read Full Report →


Fish anytime....

June 06, 2020

Even with a tropical storm across the gulf and wind keep most boats at the dock, Marathon Florida still has options to provide great fishing!! Staying between islands were able to get out into the gulf and fill the… Read Full Report →


Mangrove Mania

March 19, 2020

Headed out with the intention of hiding from the 20 Knot east wind behind a couple of nearby keys. Snuggled into a cove on the leeward side of a small key and placed out the chum bag. Not much… Read Full Report →


Sometimes we like to be at the top of th

October 17, 2019

We headed out over the reef to the outside edge and anchored in 75 feet of water. (Our anchor is virtual meaning it is a GPS guided motor that maintains our position.) Immediately the chum brought up fish, but… Read Full Report →


Pallet fishing off Marathon

June 27, 2017

Headed off shore with a Mom, young adult daughter and teenage son. We headed south past Sombrero light destined for the gulf stream and looking for birds and weeds. Found a weed line just past the reef and put… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

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4.92
out of 5 stars from 38 reviews
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Fishing with Capt Carl
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Fun trip with family
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Good experience
94%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
97%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
97%
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Jonathan T.
Key Largo, Florida
 5.00
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Amazing experience

VERIFIED   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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Erica C.
Tampa, Florida
 5.00
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Great family afternoon into evening of fishing for my teenage sons and me. Three separate locations of fishing and we took...
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Ben L.
NEW PRT RCHY, FL
 5.00
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6 hour snapper fishing at night.f

VERIFIED   July 14, 2020
We got lucky and couldn’t have asked for a calmer night.  We started out catching some real nice yellowtail and as it...
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Billy K.
NEW PRT RCHY, FL
 5.00
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Best day on the water with Capt Carl

VERIFIED   July 15, 2020
Couldn’t have asked for a better experience than booking a half day trip with Capt Carl! We had a blast catching a variety...
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Saulo F. J.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Fishing with Capt Carl

VERIFIED   NEW  September 19, 2020
My son and I had the best fishing trip ever. Capt Carl was fantastic, we took our time to find the fish. And really...
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