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Fishing off Marathon has been continuously steady. Yellowtail at the reef has been on fire! Just make sure your spot has steady current and use lots of chum and you will be successful. Hawks Channel has been productive for kingfish, spanish mackerel, mutton snapper and lane snapper. Put a live blue runner under a float back in the chum slick and hold on! Plenty of 25-35lb kings have been caught this way. Offshore fishing has been the highlight of the last week. Blackfin tuna at the hump has been fabulous! Larger fish have been caught on live pilchards and vertical jigs. Live chumming with pilchards is key to this style of fishing. Now don’t get discouraged if you don’t have 500-1000 pilchards to chum with; you can still catch fish! Trolling small lures 50-75 yards behind the boat has been putting many fish in the boat. Although the live bait fisherman are catching the larger blackfin, on average trolling is still the most popular method. A few mahi have been mixed up with the tuna offshore too.

“Just make sure your spot has steady current and use lots of chum and you will be successful.”

Now the last week has been windy which can present a problem to many groups. My answer to this is fishing the bay. The bay has been great with all sorts of fish including cobia, mangrove snapper, mackerel, blue runners, and sharks to name a few. Even on the windiest days there are plenty of places you can shark fish. And the shark fishing has been on fire too. We have been catching blacktip, spinner, bull, lemons, nurse and even a few bonnet head shark. I guess what I am trying to say is no matter what the weather brings you, there are productive places to go that will not beat up the boat or the crew. After all, clients getting sick over the side isn’t exactly good for business! Are you looking for a local charter in Marathon, Florida? Give me a call and I’ll make sure you have a trip you will not forget. Just tell me what you would like to target and we will see what the weather brings us so we can pick our trip accordingly to the crews comfort!

Tight lines!

Capt. Doug Kelley

Captain Doug Kelley runs Captain Doug Kelley Florida Keys Fishing Charters. For your next big Florida Keys Fishing adventure, you can visit their website or check them out on Facebook.