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Big Winter Snapper on the Calm Side of M
Big Winter Snapper on the Calm Side of M
February 14, 2024
The weather this year has been challenging. We have had a lot of wind here in the Florida Keys, some weeks we have only been able to fish a day or two. Foodchain Fishing has made it our craft to fish the Gulf side of Marathon in the winter time. We have perfected techniques to catch plenty of Mangrove (Gray) Snapper, Mackerel and Yellowjacks for the dining pleasures of our clients. We also regularly tie into large sharks or Goliath Grouper for the sport of it. Our clients really enjoy the consistent action on light tackle as well as the calmer water that is found on the Gulf side this time of year. We are finding the fish on the grass patches north of Marathon. The technique that is the most fun is throwing a baited jig on a 15 pound leader out into the chum slick. As the bait sinks the smaller fish bat the bait around attracting the attention of the larger snapper. The snapper shoots in and grabs the bait and swims off, as the line is stripping from the open spool the patient fisherperson waits until they believe the fish has eaten the bait and then simply closes the bail, as the line draws tight the sharp hook finds its mark and the fight is on! Today the bite was mostly Snapper, and big snapper at that, so we just stayed right with them. Other days the Mackerel show up in the chum slick and we will cast bucktail jigs tipped with bait and retrieve it rapidly, enticing vicious strikes and ballistic runs. At the end of every trip our clients are happy with the fun fishing action and thankful that they had fished on the calm side of Marathon.
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What anglers said about fishing in Marathon

Check the weather before you go, the day before we went the winds were rough, but the day we went was perfect 8-10 mph winds. Water was a really clear and clean.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check the weather before you go, the day before we went the winds were rough, but the day we went was perfect 8-10 mph winds. Water was a really clear and clean.
Fishpimp Light Tackle Sport Fishing
Fishpimp Light Tackle Sport Fishing
Fun to go if you are here this time of year but not best time of year for FL fishing, that’s not a captain’s fault.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fun to go if you are here this time of year but not best time of year for FL fishing, that’s not a captain’s fault.
Wet Tails Charters – Keys Fishing Experience
Wet Tails Charters – Keys Fishing Experience
100% would highly recommend. Great time. Laid back and very accommodating staff.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
100% would highly recommend. Great time. Laid back and very accommodating staff.
Captain Jay Charters 1 (30ft Mako)
Captain Jay Charters 1 (30ft Mako)
For fishing numbers and convenience, ocean side might be better than Gulf side.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
For fishing numbers and convenience, ocean side might be better than Gulf side.
Saltnsun
Saltnsun
This was an inshore gulf trip. We were able to fish on a windy day. In January it’s windy a lot.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This was an inshore gulf trip. We were able to fish on a windy day. In January it’s windy a lot.
Captain Jay Charters 2 (Bay Boat)
Captain Jay Charters 2 (Bay Boat)
January can be rough month with weather and what is biting. I felt I could trust them to recommend where to invest the time to put us on the fish that we wanted without pressure to even go out due to the sea conditions. We were comfortable in a not ideal day (5-8ft), but the boat and crew did great!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
January can be rough month with weather and what is biting. I felt I could trust them to recommend where to invest the time to put us on the fish that we wanted without pressure to even go out due to the sea conditions. We were comfortable in a not ideal day (5-8ft), but the boat and crew did great!
Infinite Blue – 50’ SeaRay,  Bathroom & AC
Infinite Blue – 50’ SeaRay, Bathroom & AC
If you’re coming out to Marathon, be sure to use Diego at flat out fishing. He’s the best.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you’re coming out to Marathon, be sure to use Diego at flat out fishing. He’s the best.
Flat Out Sportfishing
Flat Out Sportfishing
If you’ve fished on shore or in lakes before, a great first experience. If you’ve never touched a pole, may be a bit much with limited assistance since there’s only the captain, no mate.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
If you’ve fished on shore or in lakes before, a great first experience. If you’ve never touched a pole, may be a bit much with limited assistance since there’s only the captain, no mate.
Saltnsun
Saltnsun
Seek Captain Dan out! He is full of knowledge and openly shares it! He will teach you what needs to be done to catch fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Seek Captain Dan out! He is full of knowledge and openly shares it! He will teach you what needs to be done to catch fish!
Shark River Charters
Shark River Charters
Absolutely would recommend for first timers. Every person I dealt with from captain jays was positive and overall just made the trip beyond expectations.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Absolutely would recommend for first timers. Every person I dealt with from captain jays was positive and overall just made the trip beyond expectations.
Captain Jay Charters 2 (Bay Boat)
Captain Jay Charters 2 (Bay Boat)
Be sure you know what you're getting into. These fish are big and take work.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be sure you know what you're getting into. These fish are big and take work.
Noreaster Sport Fishing
Noreaster Sport Fishing
Excellent opportunity to catch fish in early fall. Temps are pleasant and any day on the water is better than a lot of other things you could be doing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Excellent opportunity to catch fish in early fall. Temps are pleasant and any day on the water is better than a lot of other things you could be doing.
Captain Jay Charters 1 (30ft Mako)
Captain Jay Charters 1 (30ft Mako)
Fish the Bay areas for variety. A GReat fishery for beginners or for someone who wants to target species.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Fish the Bay areas for variety. A GReat fishery for beginners or for someone who wants to target species.
Captain Buddy LaPointe
Captain Buddy LaPointe
First time fishing Marathon in October. Tuna bite was every bit as good as my previous trips in spring/summer. Mahi and other species were great too. Water was not crowded and we had our pick of captains. We'll go again in October.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
First time fishing Marathon in October. Tuna bite was every bit as good as my previous trips in spring/summer. Mahi and other species were great too. Water was not crowded and we had our pick of captains. We'll go again in October.
Just The Tip Charters – 34'
Just The Tip Charters – 34'
Water water water and big hats. And marathon bait and tackle is really a good shop.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Water water water and big hats. And marathon bait and tackle is really a good shop.
Riplines Charters
Riplines Charters Zionville, NC
Always book with charters that have the most experience they know the spots and the tides.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Always book with charters that have the most experience they know the spots and the tides.
Captain Buddy LaPointe
Captain Buddy LaPointe Odessa, TX
Water in July is a little warm for fishing, but we still enjoyed our trip...but the warmer water was great for kids going down the slide and swimming.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Water in July is a little warm for fishing, but we still enjoyed our trip...but the warmer water was great for kids going down the slide and swimming.
Manicsportfishing – Pontoon 2
Manicsportfishing – Pontoon 2 Galena, OH
A Captian who is knowledgeable about the area and fishing in changing water conditions (temperature, currents, and tides) is a must
Excellent
5.0 / 5
A Captian who is knowledgeable about the area and fishing in changing water conditions (temperature, currents, and tides) is a must
Captain Jay Charters 1 (30ft Mako)
Captain Jay Charters 1 (30ft Mako) Homestead, Florida
Bring hat and sunscreen. Our boat had a cover we could get under which was a life saver. Wouldn't go out without a boat with that type of cover, it made all the differnce
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring hat and sunscreen. Our boat had a cover we could get under which was a life saver. Wouldn't go out without a boat with that type of cover, it made all the differnce
Infinite Blue – 30’WellCraft, Bathroom & AC
Infinite Blue – 30’WellCraft, Bathroom & AC Kathleen, FL
It was a very hit day, but this summer overall has been very hot. The water was amazing, very clear and beautiful green/blue.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was a very hit day, but this summer overall has been very hot. The water was amazing, very clear and beautiful green/blue.
Infinite Blue – 50’ SeaRay,  Bathroom & AC
Infinite Blue – 50’ SeaRay, Bathroom & AC Waxahachie, TX