Marathon Florida Keys Weekly Fishing Report – July 20, 2011 – Fish in the cooler times of day for best results

As we get into the hottest part of the year, it’s best to fish early morning and late evening for greatest comfort and the best results.

Snapper of all variety

The wrecks in the Middle Keys waters are loaded with mutton snapper, amberjack and jack crevalle.  Some anglers dropping for muttons have come up with keeper size dolphin instead, so keep a pitch bait ready.

Fishing for all variety of snapper on the reef is most productive in the early morning, late evening or at dark of night.  Predominant during the day are yellowtails, while at night the mangroves reign supreme.

When snapper fishing at night, remember that any light shining over the side of the boat will spook the mangroves.  The only light that should be on during nighttime fishing is your anchor light.


In the Middle Keys, the dolphin have magically reappeared offshore.  Anglers are finding them with regularity on the wall where the water drops from 900 to 2,000 feet.

The majority of the dolphin have been good size keepers and gaffers with some weighing in at the high teens and low 20’s.  Trolled ballyhoo and live baits at weed lines are doing the trick.

Blackfin Tuna

At the humps, trolling during the early morning is producing catches of blackfin tuna.  Butterfly jigging is working through the daytime hours.

On the bay and gulf wrecks, there’s a mixed bag of action from cobia, permit, Goliath grouper, jack crevalle, cero mackerel and plenty of mangrove snapper and gag grouper.

Florida Keys Shark Fishing Adventures

Once you’ve caught dinner, try your hand at catch-and-release shark fishing in the sandy shallows of the bay.  This is great sport on light tackle and gives you the added opportunity to observe the sharks interact with one another in their natural environment.

Casting Contest

Capt. Spider is on vacation this week, so there’s no Casting of Charity Contest at the 7 Mile Marina.  He’ll be back next week, and the contest will benefit Independence Cay.

The week’s best catches

As summer wears on, so does the family fishing aboard SeaSquared Charters. Last week we hosted families from North Carolina, New Jersey, Florida and the UK.

Yellowtail and mangrove snapper came back from trips to the reef, while multiple pairs of arms are sore from catching (and releasing) large lemon sharks in Florida Bay.

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Until next week … tight lines!

Capt. Chris and Christy Johnson
SeaSquared Charters
Marathon Florida Keys

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