|Offshore Light Tackle Fishing Charters & Trips
The Middle Florida Keys - Marathon
|This is the most complete list of Florida Keys fishing charters for deep sea fishing
and offshore fishing on the Internet today! We know that anglers want to
comparison shop online and make advance reservations with the Florida Keys
fishing charter that's the right fit for them!! We know how difficult it is to compare
Florida Keys fishing charters by looking at the individual websites. Because there
are only a few websites that Google ranks highly, many excellent charters and
guides are overlooked because their website doesn't come up on the first few
pages of a search. We've done the research for you and compiled a very
comprehensive list! Browse through this page, see at-a-glance highlights of each
Florida Keys fishing charter and choose the perfect fishing charter for you!
- Gail Culver, Webmaster
Did You Know?
Diving and Snorkeling
•Recreational Diving and Snorkeling
•Blue Water Spearfishing
•Offshore (fuel surcharge)
Other available charters
•Special Occasion / Event Cruises
•Delivery Services (Chandler)
Or customize your own charter to include any combination
Captain Deana Smart - USCG 200
Ton Master, NAUI/MDEA Divemaster
We offer customized charters for Diving,
Snorkeling, Fishing, Island Hopping, Sunset
Cruises and more.
Captain Dan Duimstra is your guide to the best fishing spots
in the Florida Keys. Conservation programs have made the
fishing in the Keys the best it has been in years.I specialize in
Grouper and Snapper. You can also fish for Tarpon, Permit,
Snook, Sailfish and Dolphin.
Enjoy fishing from my stable Parker, center console fishing
boat which has all up-to-date electrical eqiupment and live
bait well. It is spacious and comfortable.
In addition to the great fishing, you will also experience the
pleasure of being on the water with all the beautiful colors
ranging from the browns of the grass flat, to the aqua greens
of Hawks Channel to the deep blue of the Atlantic. Dolphins,
turtles and various bird life are abundant in this area.
Captain Dan Duimstra
"If I'm not fishing, I'm thinking about it!"
- Capt. Dan Duimstra
Captain Jim Griffith offers 1/2, 3/4, and Full day Reef, Wreck, Bay, Offshore Fishing & Tarpon
charters. Typical charters can look forward to catching Dolphin, Wahoo, Sailfish, Grouper,
Snapper, Tuna & Tarpon, depending on the time of year & season.
You can have your catch cooked after your charter right at the dockside and enjoy the beautiful
views after a days fishing. Call for information on our sunset cruises. You can view more of
the beautiful coastline of the Florida Keys, see the historic railroad bridges from the Henry
Flagler days, or check out many of the uninhabited islands located around Marathon.
Captain Jim Griffith
We offer the best big-game fishing in the heart of the
Florida Keys. Family fun fishing to trophy gamefishing are
all available from the spacious Blue Waters.
Offshore fishing (catching dolphin, wahoo, tuna, marlin,
Reef fishing (catching grouper, mutton snapper, yellowtail
snapper, kingfish, amberjack, barracuda, sailfish...)
Wreck fishing (catching mangrove snapper, cobia, permit,
grouper, mackerel, mutton snapper, amberjack,
Capt. Danny Strub
■Offshore blue water fishing for dolphin, sailfish, wahoo, tuna, marlin.
■Reef trips for snapper, grouper, kingfish, and amberjack.
■Backcountry trips for tarpon, cobia, snapper, grouper, mackerel.
■Night time swordfishing trips.
Not sure what you want to fish for? Don’t worry Captain Doug will figure
it out for you and show you the fish.
Fishing tackle is the latest Shimano reels spinning/conventional and
Spinning tackle 8#-20# conventional 15#-80#.
Trips includes all tackle, bait, ice, license, and fish cleaning.
Half day, ¾ day and full day trips available.
Evening tarpon Florida Keys fishing trips available; tarpon season
peaks from April, May, and June.
Captain Doug Kelley
Captain Services Available:
Captain Doug Kelley has his USCG 50 ton masters license.
Do you have your own boat, but would like to relax and enjoy the day and let
someone else do the navigating?
Captain Doug Kelley will captain your boat and guide you to the fish.
Visiting the Middle Keys or Fort Lauderdale area? He can guide you to the fish and a
Boat delivery service through out South Florida and the Bahamas.
Sightseeing and pleasure cruises.
Highest quality taxidermy services available upon request.
Atlantic Sailfish -Spindlebeak
Probably the best known gamefish in the Florida Keys this fighter can reach a weight of 100
pounds; but averages around 50. He is generally found in water over six fathoms. However, it is
not uncommon to find him hunting food in the shallow waters of the reef. Fall and winter are the
best times of year to tangle with a sailfish, but they are caught year-round.
Offshore Fishing Ocean Side : We have options of trolling dead baits and lures,
drifting live baits (kite fishing) and site fishing. Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Wahoo,
Shark, Marlin, (swordfish-fishery of there own) and Triple Tail are your surface
fishing fare. Deep ocean wrecks provide great light tackle action for Mutton and
Mangrove snapper, Goliath, Gag, Red and Black Grouper, Cobia, Amberjack,
King Mackerel and Shark Fishing.
Inshore Ocean Side : The reef drops to 100ft depth about 5 miles from land. We
anchor and chum from 20ft -110ft depth and with conditions in our favor
Yellowtail, Mutton, Mangrove Snapper and the Groupers are the targeted dinner
fare with all the Jacks, Mackerel, Cobia, Sailfish and Sharks as the added bonus
during their respective seasons.
Captain Doug Starliper
Marathon Florida Duck Key
The Marathon Duck Key area offers great light tackle action with
Backcountry , Everglades National Park , Florida Bay and Offshore Gulf
Wrecks. Catch and release Shark and Goliath Grouper are the largest of
the fish we catch in the Florida Keys. Snapper, Grouper, all types of
Jacks, Sharks and Goliath Grouper can be found all year long.
We offer offshore, flats, reef and Florida Bay wreck fishing charters
for Tarpon Grouper, Snapper, Yellowtail, Mahi, Cobia, Sailfish,
Marlin, Tuna, Bonefish, Redfish, Wahoo, Kingfish, Mackerel,
Sharks, Swordfish and more.
We fish a huge area of the Keys including Marathon, Duck Key &
Hawks Cay, Key Colony Beach, Islamorada . . . all the way to Key
West. You decide the type of fishing you want and we'll put you on
Our boats are fully equipped with state-of-the-art electronics and
new equipment from Shimano.
Captain Rick Alford
Rick Alford is a United States Coast Guard Licensed
Captain with a Masters 100 ton License. Captain Rick was
born and raised in Florida and has the experience fishing
Marathon and the Middle Keys to ensure your day on the
water is successful.
If you want to catch fish - we mean real fish - then spend a
day with Captain Alford. He knows what's biting and where
to find the big fish. You'll be back for more.
Boats leave the dock at 8:00am.
I have made every effort possible to provide you
and your family a safe and comfortable
environment for our fishing trip together. I
guarantee you will be thrilled with the ride you
experience, our boat is an extremely dry and
smooth riding boat with higher than normal
gunwales (side walls) to keep you in and the
water out. No detail on this boat goes unnoticed
as maintenance is an important priority for me.
Captain Pete Testa
I am proud to provide the highest quality Florida Keys
fishing charters to all my clients. Whether you are the
most avid tournament angler or a family looking for a safe,
comfortable fishing adventure, I can customize the perfect
trip to fit your needs. When you board the boat, you will
step into a relaxed setting filled with the excitement and
beauty of a wonderful family pastime.
Sight Fishing Adventures – Not Your
Typical Off-Shore Fishing
With other off-shore charters, you usually
go out in a big boat in the deep water
and just troll around for fish.
We sight fish for the best game fish in
Marathon, going out and actively look for
them. We cast live bait to them, using
smaller tackle. We’ll go after whatever’s
biting the best. It’s a lot more fun, a lot
more interesting, and a lot more hands-
on fishing experience.
It's a Bad Day To Be A Fish! No Fish - No Pay!
We leave the dock at 7:30 in the morning, and the day starts right
away. Within 10 minutes we’re out in the channel waters, looking
for fish. We fish different areas every day, sight fishing wherever
the fish are biting.
Anything you want to catch, we fish for. Spend the day reef fishing,
wreck fishing, or flats and off-shore fishing. At the end of the day,
we head back to the docks and clean the fish for you. We take
care of all licenses and permits.
We welcome family fishing trips. Kids over 12
can handle the kind of fishing we do. If you
want to bring younger children aboard, we’ll
stay out of choppy water.
Captain Howard Kelley
- About the boat, it's a 26 ft Edgewater powered by twin 200 hp Yamaha's
- Garmin electronics, large live well to hold plenty of bait, porta head inside
- Penn fishing tackle.
- Set up for all types of fishing, offshore, reef, wreck, tarpon
Our charter is a 30" ANGLER with two livewells, a 10ft. beam and is
powered by twin Mercury Verados. A custom T-Top for shade with
built in speakers, LED lights and a full compliment of electronics
supplied by Ray Marine. The center console sports a marine toilet
with ample headroom and dry storage. She's fast, stable, dry, and
has lots of seating with built-in coolers. First Love is a comfortable
fun boat to fish or play on day & night.
Capt. Lee specializes in light tackle – live bait fishing and will
customize your trip to target the species you would like to catch and
help you accomplish it. We feature all Castaway Graphite Rods.
We offer family outings and fishing– Trips for the experts and for
the Jr. Anglers. We participate in the I.G.F.A. Junior Angler World
Record Program, and can help your Junior Angler attempt to set
Captain Lee Lucas
Capt. Lee Lucas holds a U.
S. Coast Guard Masters
License. He is a Certified
Captain with the Int. Game
Fish Assoc., and is a
member of the Marathon
Captain Michael Taute
We Supply Guides and Boats
We're born and raised Florida Key locals who know the waters of the Gulf of
Mexico and the Keys like the back of our hand. Our 45+ years of experience
mean that we'll help you hook and land the "Fish of a Lifetime!"
We provide fishing excursions leaving from Marathon, FL, to the
surrounding waters, including deep sea, night fishing, and The Everglades.
Our Captain, Michael Taute, is a local favorite fishing guide. He's a 2nd
generation Keys fisherman - one who will be sure to please you! He
captained the 1st place winner for the Ladies Tarpon Tournament in 2008.
He was also featured by the Florida Sportsman in 2007. He knows his fish!
Captain Michael can help you decide which type of fish to look for,
depending upon season, weather, and bite.
Dolphin, Mahi-Mahi, is one of the most sought-after offshore fish during summer, and they can be found throughout
the Florida Keys. They are a fast-growing species so it would be hard to deplete the fisheries. Fresh Mahi-Mahi is
served in many restaurants in the Florida Keys and Key West.
Did You Know?
Captain Tom Beaupre has been fishing the Keys waters
for over 20 years and knows how to put his customers on
Our boat is a 27 foot Grady White center console
powered by twin 200 h.p. Yamaha engines. It has the
speed to get to the fish quickly or relocate if fishing
slows. The boat is equipped with state-of -the-art
electronics and all new tackle by Penn and Shimano.
The boat does have a portable toilet located in the center
Seasonal and weather conditions generally dictate the
choice of target species, but the we fish deep sea,
offshore, reef, wreck , and Florida Bay for snapper,
grouper, dolphin, wahoo, tuna,
marlin, sailfish, kingfish, cobia, barracuda, mackeral,
Captain Tom Beaupre
We offer personalized fishing charters
in Marathon Fl for offshore fishing, reef
fishing, wreck fishing, as well as
fishing the Florida Bay for most Keys
We limit the number of passengers to
4 to ensure the comfort of everyone
aboard the boat. No exceptions.
- Keys Light tackle fishing with twin 4 stroke Suzuki engines and a cobia
- 4 - 6 - 8 hour trips - sunset trips also available
- More than 100 IGFA World Records
- Tournament Proven Techniques
- 16 years experience as Keys fishing guide
- Consistent great catches are largely attributed to consecutive days on
the water and an intimate knowledge of where fish and the live bait they
prefer hide out
The Marathon Hump, originally called the West Hump, is 27 miles South East of Marathon and is one of the favorite
fishing spots for charter boats and private boats. This hump or mound rises from 1150 feet on the east side to 480
feet from the surface. The Marathon Hump is located almost exactly in the middle of the Gulf Stream where the current
runs the hardest.
Did You Know?
"When we go offshore sportfishing for some dolphin
(Mahi-Mahi), we're not putting along, waiting and
hoping for something to come along and bite, we go
looking for the action! Our boat is new and fast and
built for fishing. Being able to fish both the ocean and
bay successfully sets us apart from 99% of all the
other Florida Keys charter boats out there! So, if you
want the ultimate fun and action-packed fishing day,
Call and talk to me, Capt. Jeff Shelar. I look forward to
hearing from you." - Capt. Jeff
Capt. Jeff Shelar
Capt. Jeff Shelar will lead you on to a great day of
Florida charter fishing on the crystal clear-blue
water. Let us know what your perfect fishing trip
would be and we'll do our best to exceed your
expectations. Whether it's catching tarpon,
dolphin (Mahi Mahi), sailfish, tuna, reef or
backcountry species, we can..."Catch Em' All"!
Fishing Packages Available
Florida Keys Fishing Charter Packages: We fish offshore, reefs,
wrecks, Bay wrecks, Gulf wrecks, and for tarpon. We run a 31’
Contender powered by Twin 250 4 Stroke Yamaha’s, loaded with
full electronics, Penn tackle, and will fish up to 6 anglers in your
Private Apartment: Overlooks the water with King size bed, 2
double beds, 1 pull out double bed, full kitchen, washer/dryer,
cable TV, outside freezer, ice machine, grill and more.
Capt. Jack Carlson
Create your own Fishing Camp with 2 or
more people. 10 anglers maximum in the
camp with multi-boats! See website for
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This page last updated on
September 6, 2015
Sweet E'Nuf Charters
Captain Dave Schugar
Fishing charters for all ages
and skill levels!
No other Marathon fishing
charter can compare to the
experience you’ll find with
Sweet E’Nuf Charters!
Angling Adventures with
Captain Rich Smith
Florida Keys Fishing Charters
Inshore, Reef, Wreck, Backcountry Flats
Light Tackle or Fly Fishing
2 Boats to choose from Center Console & Flats Skiff
I’m a native full time charter boat captain
based out of the Florida Keys area of
I have two boats to choose from, a 23′ center
console and a 18′ technical flats skiff.
I specialize in Inshore, Wreck, Backcountry,
Flats, and Family Fun Fishing trips using
Light Tackle Spinning Gear and Fly Fishing.
It doesn’t matter if you're a beginner just
learning to fish or a seasoned angler, I can
take you on a trip of a lifetime. I’m patient
and professional with over 10 years
Captain Dave Schugar, a lifelong fisherman and licensed Master
Captain, offers custom charter trips to fit your needs and desires –
whether you’re looking for a full-day or half-day charter, want to seek out
a trophy Sailfish or have a relaxing reef trip, call Sweet E-Nuf Charters to
catch fish and have a good time.
An expert in both bottom fishing and sport fishing, Captain Dave
Schugar has the knowledge and experience to help you catch Sailfish,
Snapper, Mackerel, Tuna, Grouper, Dolphin, and more. If your goal is to
catch a trophy fish, he knows the perfect spots in the Florida Keys to
look. Or if you prefer to catch-and-eat fish, our charter fishing boats will
find the perfect fish for you.
In our namesake boat, Captain Dave can
accommodate groups of up to six people. If you’d
like to reserve a larger party, we can arrange for
groups up to 60 people with advance notice.
Whether you prefer a four hour, half-day trip
catching a variety of grouper and snapper along the
reef, or a full-day excursion offshore to find dolphin
or tuna (and even more fish!), we have the Marathon
fishing charters for you. Captain Dave is the person
to call for any fishing charter experience you need.