Florida Keys Charter Fishing Seasons | Marathon Islamorada Key West 2017-03-20T07:40:42+00:00
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Florida Keys Charter Fishing Seasons

We are truly blessed in the Florida Keys when it comes to the charter fishing seasons. In the Florida Keys, there is always what we term a targeted fish, the fish that you are most likely to catch at that time of year. One of the most exciting parts of fishing the Keys is that you have the possibility of catching almost any species on any charter during the year.

All of the species can be caught in the Keys year ’round, and we have caught all them “out of season.” That is the magic of Florida Keys fishing. You never know for sure what you are going to catch. You never know until you go!

Another advantage of fishing with us in Marathon and Key Colony Beach is that we are  located in the center of the Florida Keys giving us an advantage over boats located in Key West or Islamorada. Main Attraction boats have time to travel where the fish are whether its off Marathon, Key West, Big Pine, Islamorada, or Key Largo. If you charter a boat in Key West and the bite is better in Islamorada, the travel time is far too long to get to their fishery in time, and vice versa.

Check out our species Calendar below for an idea of what species we target throughout the year. Remember on  the day of your trip let the Captain tell you what is most likely to work for that day he fishes everyday and will know where to go.
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Charter Fishing Seasons

Florida Keys Atlantic Charter Fishing Species Chart

SpeciesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
AmberjackFairExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellentFairFairFairFairFairFair
American Red Snapper n/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/a
BarracudaExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellent
Blackfin TunaGoodGoodExcellentExcellentGoodGoodGoodGoodGoodExcellentExcellentExcellent
Blue MarlinSlowSlowSlowSlowPossiblePossiblePossiblePossiblePossiblePossiblePossiblePossible
BonitaGoodGoodExcellentExcellentGoodGoodGoodGoodSlowGoodGoodGood
CobiaExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellentGoodGoodGoodGoodExcellentExcellentExcellent
DolphinFairFairPossibleFairExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellentFairPossiblePossible
GrouperExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellentGoodGoodExcellentExcellent
King MackerelExcellentExcellentExcellentFairSlowSlowSlowSlowSlowSlowFairExcellent
MackerelGoodExcellentExcellentFairn/an/an/an/an/aSlowSlowFair
Mangrove SnapperSlowSlowSlowSlowSlowExcellentExcellentExcellentFairFairSlowSlow
Mutton SnapperGoodGoodGoodGoodPossiblePossiblePossibleSlowSlowSlowPossiblePossible
Permitn/aExcellentExcellentFairn/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/a
SailfishExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellentSlowSlowSlowSlowPossiblePossibleExcellent
SharkExcellentExcellentExcellentFairExcellentFairExcellentFairExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellent
Swordfish (calm weather)GoodGoodGoodGoodExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellentGoodGoodGoodGood
Tarponn/an/aFairExcellentExcellentExcellentGoodGoodn/an/an/an/a
WahooGoodExcellentFairGoodGoodGoodGoodExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellentGood
White Marlinn/an/an/an/aPossibleExcellentFairFairn/an/an/an/a
Yellowtail SnapperExcellentExcellentExcellentGoodFairFairGoodGoodExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellent

Florida Keys Saltwater Species

mahi

Dolphinfish

Blackfin Tuna

Blackfin Tuna

wahoo

Wahoo

Cobia

sail

Sailfish

Swordfish

Blue Marlin

Blue Marlin

White Marlin

yellowtail

Yellowtail Snapper

mangrove

Mangrove Snapper

mutton

Mutton Snapper

vermilionsnapper

Vermilion Snapper

queen_snapper

Queen Snapper

goldentile

Golden Tile

blueline_tilefish

Blueline Tile

Kingfish

Kingfish

spanish_mackerel

Spanish Mackerel

Cero Mackerel

Cero Mackeral

black grouper

Black Grouper

Red Grouper

snowy grouper

Snowy Grouper

yellowedge

Yellowedge Grouper

tripletail

TripleTail

yellowjack

Yellowjack

tarpon

Tarpon

snook

Snook

permit

Permit

african_pompano

African Pompano

amberjack

Amberjack

Little Tunny (Bonita)

Barracuda

bullshark

Bull Shark

Mako Shark

Mako Shark

silky

Silky Shark

Nurse Shark

blacktip

Blacktip Shark