5 Best Fishing Charters in Marathon, FL

The Florida Keys – known for sunshine, turquoise waters, and some of the best offshore fishing in the world! Fishing in the Florida Keys is a year-round activity. No matter the season, you’ll find a wide variety of fish biting in the waters off Marathon and The Florida Keys. Kingfish, barracuda, wahoo, and amberjack are ready to hop on your line.

From the backcountry waters to the bay and everywhere in between, there are endless opportunities for anglers, including some of the best wreck fishing around the state. Whether you’re looking to reel in some redfish, snapper, or snook on the flats, or you want to head to deeper waters in search of tuna, mahi mahi, or even some monster swordfish, a Marathon fishing charter can take you there.

If you’re visiting Florida and don’t have a fishing license, don’t worry, you’re covered with a charter. All official Florida Keys fishing charters hold licenses that cover their passengers. So, all you have to worry about is whether you want to fire up the grill in your Marathon vacation rental or head to a local restaurant to cook your catch.

Ready to plan your dream fishing trip? Let our trusted guides help. We’ve rounded up the top five Marathon fishing charters to help make planning a breeze!

Best Bet Sportfishing

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  • Website: bestbetsportfishing.com
  • Phone: 305-395-1376
  • Location: 400 Sadowski Causeway, Marathon (Docked in Key Colony Beach Marina)
  • Trip Durations: 4,6, or 8-hour options.
  • Passengers: 4 to 6 depending on the boat.
  • Rates: Startng at $675 for groups of 4.

Sailing out of Key Colony Beach, Best Bet Sportfishing offers many different types of fishing charters that include offshore, wreck, reef, and seasonal tarpon fishing trips. Their friendly and knowledgeable captains are Marathon locals who know these waters' ins and outs and will guide you to the best fishing spots.

You’ll have the opportunity to catch various fish ranging from different types of snapper, grouper, and tuna year-round to seasonal mackerel, pompano, and tarpon catches. Your charter captain will advise you on the most likely catch of the day, depending on the season, conditions, and location you’ll be fishing from.

Best Bet Sportfishing can accommodate anglers of all ages and skill levels. Their crew is happy to teach beginners or provide support to the experienced. All bait and tackle are included, as well as fish cleaning and fuel. All you have to do is show up, have fun, and go home with a fresh catch ready to cook!

Marathon Lady Party Fishing Boat

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  • Website: marathonlady.net
  • Phone: 305-743-5580
  • Location: 11711 Overseas Hwy, Marathon (Docked just west of the Vaca Cut Bridge)
  • Trip Durations: 4 Hours
  • Passengers: Can accommodate groups of all sizes, call for a reservation.
  • Rates: Starting at $65 per person (plus $5 rod and reel rental).

A Keys staple since 1958, the Marathon Lady Party Fishing Boat offers daily fishing trips on its comfortable and spacious 73-foot fishing charter. The boat features plenty of room for anglers to spread out, air-conditioned inside seating areas, and restrooms on board. Super-fast, twin engines get you to the reef in record time, while high-tech fish-finding equipment ensures you’ll get the best catch.

The Marathon Lady sails out twice daily, mornings and afternoons (times vary by season, call for schedule). Special night-time fishing trips are also available at certain times of the year. A friendly and knowledgeable crew is on hand to help you with your catch, provide bait, and clean fish.

Anglers will have the opportunity to catch a variety of fish, including grouper, snapper, mackerel, and more. The Marathon Lady makes a perfect outing for everyone from first-timers to seasoned pros.

Catch ‘Em All Sportfishing

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  • Website: catch-em-all.com
  • Phone: 305-481-4568
  • Location: 71 Coco Plum Drive, Marathon (Docked inside the White Marlin Marina)
  • Trip Durations: 4,6, or 8-hour options.
  • Passengers: Up to 6.
  • Rates: Starting at $850 for groups of 6.

Ranked #1 on Tripadvisor, Catch ‘Em All Sportfishing provides the ultimate fishing experience led by a professional of over 25 years, Captain Jeff Shelar. Capt Jeff offers a variety of excursions from reef, offshore, wreck, and deep sea fishing on his custom Stamas 290 Tarpon vessel. This charter boat has ample, comfortable seating and a restroom on board.

Catch ‘Em All Sportfishing aims to provide a fun, family-friendly fishing experience that’s perfect for all ages. True to their motto of “catch ‘em all,” you’ll have the opportunity to reel in a wide variety of fish. Some reviewers boast their catches of almost a dozen different species in one day.

Charters include all bait, tackle, and fuel. Capt Jeff will set you up, help reel in your catches, and even clean and vacuum pack your filets to go home. Catch ‘Em All Sportfishing has everything you and your family need for a perfect, stress-free fishing adventure.

Seasquared Charters

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  • Website: seasquaredcharters.com
  • Phone: 305-393-2929
  • Location: 3998 Overseas Hwy, Marathon (office location, directions to marina upon booking)
  • Trip Durations: 4,6, or 8-hour options.
  • Passengers: Up to 6.
  • Rates: Starting at $850 for groups of 6.

For the ultimate choose-your-own-adventure fishing experience, Seasquared Charters hosts a fleet of multiple vessels and offers several customizable fishing charters. Whether you want to spend an afternoon reef fishing for yellowtail snapper or a full day reeling in monster tarpon, Seasquared has you covered. For a bit of an adrenaline rush, they also offer a Shark Adventure package that’ll put you face-to-face with one of nature’s top predators (catch and release only).

All boats are staffed by local, experienced Captains that are well-versed in finding the best fishing spots and making sure you have a great time. Charters include bait, tackle, fuel, and fish cleaning.

If you’re looking for a family-friendly day on the water, Seaquared offers two special family fun fishing charters. Geared towards teaching first-timers to fish and keeping kids entertained with extra activities, all ages can enjoy fishing with Seasquared Charters.

Main Attraction Sportfishing Charters

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  • Website: mainattraction.org
  • Phone: 305-289-0071
  • Location: 100 Ave I, Marathon (Docked in Marathon Sailfish Marina)
  • Trip Durations: Multiple trip options ranging from 4 to 10 hours.
  • Passengers: Up to 6.
  • Rates: Starting at $900 for groups of 4.

Led by fishing tournament-winning husband and wife duo Captain Marty and Katie Lewis, Main Attraction Sportfishing offers some of the best variety of charters you’ll find anywhere in the Keys!

You can choose from an impressive menu of fishing charters in half-day, three-quarter-day, full-day, and extended 10-hour trips, including offshore, reef, wreck, and deep-sea. They also offer combo packages that include multiple sites. All charters include bait and tackle, fuel, and fish cleaning. Boats have comfortable seating, shade, and bathrooms on board.

If scoring a swordfish is on your bucket list, look no further than Main Attraction. They offer specialized swordfishing trips with expert Captains and crew and all the equipment needed to reel in one of these giants in 1,800 feet of water. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Plan Your Perfect Marathon Fishing Getaway

Looking for a place to stay in the center of it all? Coco Plum Vacation Rentals offers a variety of rentals ranging from resort-style luxury homes to cozy bungalows, beach cottages, and condos to suit every type of traveler.

With listings conveniently located near the local marinas, you’ll be just minutes from all the best fishing charters and the other great attractions The Florida Keys has to offer. Find your perfect Marathon vacation rental today!