Fishing in Marathon


Located in the Florida Keys, about halfway between Key West and Miami, Marathon is your dream fishing destination where you can expect action from dawn till dusk. ...

Located in the Florida Keys, about halfway between Key West and Miami, Marathon is your dream fishing destination where you can expect action from dawn till dusk.

The island is known for its big fish, from the oversized tarpon to record-breaking bonefish and permit. Marathon has a large variety of fishing charters available for all levels of experience and skillsets.

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Most popular fishing boats charters in Marathon

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6 29,00 ft

Marathon, Florida (USA)

From $800
Deposit non-refundable

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Tips & Tricks, bait and more

With so many options, Marathon ticks all the boxes. Whether you're in for a full day offshore trip or a half day family tour, you'll find a the right fishing charter for your next adventure.

Inshore Fishing

Tarpon, snook, and redfish are all popular fish caught from bay boats in the shallows. Poling over the flats, your guide will bring you into casting range of redfish, bonefish, shark, snook, permit, tarpon and other great fishing species. Be prepared for action... this requires patience as well as nerves of steel!

The best bait for these types of fishing is live shrimp. Your guide will have these in his live well.

Wreck and Reef Fishing

Wreck and Reef fishing is another way to get your fish on in Marathon. You can catch dolphins, wahoo, blackfin tuna, skipjack, kingfish, shark, grouper, snapper, and amberjack in this type of location!

Squid, cut fish or lures can be used as bait for these species. When targeting wahoo lures are trolled fast, for and ever faster fish.

Offshore Fishing in the Gulf Stream 

Whether you are looking to target blue marlin, wahoo, or sailfish, there's a chance for some exciting fishing in the Gulf Stream. This waterway is one of America's top areas where these types of fish can be caught with several different species found here, such as blackfin tuna and his yellow-finned cousin.

Top sport fishing species in Marathon



Springtime is the perfect time of year to take a fishing trip in Marathon. Tarpon fishing is great now. Other inshore species in spring are snook and bonefish. During this season, you can catch wahoo and several types of shark species, such as blue sharks and thresher sharks. The first marlin arrive as well as Swordfish


Summertime is another great time for fishing in Marathon. June and July are good dorado, marlin and wahoo. Other exciting catches are cobia, tarpon and snook. Summer is great for swordfish with the peak being august.


September is bonefish time in Marathon. Tarpon and snook are still biting good in the shallows. Fall is great for the pelagics too: blackfin tuna, yellowfin tuna and wahoo. Reef fishing can bring some exciting variation with amberjack, red snapper and groupers.


Wintertime is a fantastic time to fish in Marathon if you you want to go offshore trolling (kingfish, dorado, tuna...). Inshore you can expect speckled trout, Jack Crevalle, redfish and snook.


Other than getting your bait in the water, you'll definitely want to get yourself a day of relaxation after fishing all morning or afternoon. There are plenty of things to do around Marathon that will have you scuba diving, hiking, and relaxing on the beach by sunset.

Marathon is a great location for a day trip or a multi-day vacation as there is plenty to do, such as scuba diving, snorkeling, and visiting local attractions.

Marathon boasts a wide variety of great eateries, entertainment spots, and hotels, along with a host of marinas where you can rent boats for fishing charters or book a day trip.


Anyone over the age of 16 must have a fishing license to fish in Florida. This can be obtained online or at any local tackle shop. But licenses are covered if you go fishing with a licensed fishing charter in Marathon, Florida.

You can also purchase a license in advance, which will save considerable time when you get to the docks.

Both saltwater and fresh-water fishing licenses are available to residents in annual and 5-year options. If you are a non-resident, you can purchase an annual, 7-day, or 3-days salt water or fresh water fishing license.

Combined fishing and hunting licenses are also available with a 7-day or 3-day option. Discounts on the price of a license are granted for disabled veterans as well as those 65 years of age and older.

Bag Limits

In order to protect the local fish stocks, the State of Florida has strict rules on bag limits. For each species there are minimum sizes and daily recreation bag limits. Check the rules before you drop a line in the water in Marathon, FL.

Key takeaways

Avg Capacity: 6 people
Popular fishing techniques: Tuna fishing, Trolling, Marlin fishing
Average price: $0 per day
Low season price: $1050 per day
High season price: $1295 per day
Included: Fishing tackle, Fishing License, Bait & lures

Frequently asked questions about fishing in Marathon

According to our customers, some of the most popular fishing charters in Marathon are:
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Depending on the boat, a fishing charter in Marathon can accommodate up to 6 passangers, although most charters are for 6 people.

Typically in a charter in Marathon, a fishing boat charter will include the use of the boat, Fishing tackle, Fishing License, Bait & lures. Some charters may also include Snacks and Drinks, while others may allow you to bring your own.

Renting a fishingboat in Marathon costs on average $182 per hour. Many factors influence the price of a boat charter, such as the duration of the trip (and distance to the fishing grounds), the size of the boat or the fishing technique. Prices can range from $800 for 4 hours and 6 people to $1295 for 8 hours and 6 people.

The types of fish you can catch on a fishing charter in Marathon will depend on the time of year. Some common fish species that can be caught in Marathon include: Yellowfin Tuna, Blue Marlin, Dorado, Bonefish, King mackerel, Cobia.

In Marathon, the most popular fishing techniques include Tuna fishing, Trolling, Marlin fishing, Fly fishing, Spin Fishing, Live bait fishing.



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