Marathon Florida Keys Fishing Forecast November 2013

Fishing in Marathon during November is a lot like a Thanksgiving table.  So much to choose, so little time and everything looks good!


With cooling temperatures, our migratory species all begin to appear heavy on the heels of the large amounts of baitfish that pour in from the north.  These include sailfish, king and Spanish mackerel and cobia.


Mix in all our year-round resident fish – snappers, groupers, amberjacks, jack crevalles, sharks – and you have the perfect storm for fishing.


This time of year, a typical day on the reef goes something like this.


We anchor up on a patch reef and catch fresh ballyhoo to use as live baits.  We then watch for spraying ballyhoo on the reef, run in and pitch a bait to the sailfish or dolphin that is causing the commotion.


This is sight fishing at its most exciting.  This run-and-gun technique where you move the boat to the fish, rather than wait for the fish to come to the boat, provides a lot of action with very little wait time.


By midmorning’s, the bait-chasing has pretty much wound down. 


We switch gears and either get back up on the reef to fish for yellowtails, mangroves, muttons and groupers.  Or, we go off the deeper edge of the reef and slow-troll live baits for sails, kings, blackfins and dolphin.


Another option is to prowl around the wrecks for muttons, kings, amberjacks and – especially this time of year – very large jack crevalles that will make you check to see if your arms have become detached from their sockets.


If all of this isn’t enough for you, there’s great fishing in Florida Bay and the Gulf of Mexico as well. 


On the wrecks and banks we catch mangroves, sharks – mostly lemons and blacktips – gag groupers and cobias.  And, spread throughout these areas, are plenty of Spanish mackerel for the smoker.


Toward the end of the month, we will begin to see very large king mackerel showing on the local wrecks.  Some of these get as big as 40 to 60 pounds. 


SeaSquared is expanding!


We are pleased to announce we have added a new boat to the SeaSquared fleet.  In addition to our Parker 28-foot center console, we also have a Pursuit 27-foot center console.  This boat is a real workhorse.  At 9’ 6” wide, she has ample 360-degree fishing room for up to six anglers.  Her name is the Klimax and she is skippered by Capt. Chris Klimas, who provides all the same types of fishing trips that we run on the Parker.  We hope you’ll give us a call to fish on the Klimax soon!


Capt. Chris Johnson is a member of the Yamaha National Fishing Team and specializes in offshore, reef/wreck, gulf/bay, shark and tarpon fishing with SeaSquared Charters, docked at Porky’s Bayside Restaurant and Marina in Marathon.  You can reach him at 305.743.5305,  For daily fishing reports with pictures, please click over to

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