Hogfish, Yellowtail Snapper, and Porgies are some of the best eating fish we have in the Florida Keys. They are plentiful and in season all year long.
Mangrove Snapper are probably the most common species targeted as eating fish here in the Florida Keys. They must be a minimum of 10″ in length to keep. We actually try not to keep them unless they are 12″ or larger so you can get more meat from the filets. They are a lot of fun to catch and put up a nice fight on light tackle spinning rods.
Speckled Trout are another common species targeted for dinner here in the Florida Keys. They are in season all year long and are the most plentiful during the winter and spring months. They must be between 15″-20″ and are allowed to keep 4 Trout per person per day.
Gag Groupers are one of the tastiest fish here in the Florida Keys. They must be larger than 24″ in length. Gag Groupers can be caught year round but must be released during the closed season January 1 – April 30.
Cobia are another awesome species to catch here in the Florida Keys. It’s considered a delicacy among locals and can be prepared many different ways. They must be a minimum of 33″ to the fork of the tail. Anglers may keep one per day or 6 per vessel, whichever is less.
Here’s Mike with a really nice Mangrove Snapper he caught while fishing with us near Marathon, FL.
Here’s another good fighting and great eating species found here in the Florida Keys. The Spanish Mackerel must be larger than 15″ to the fork.
Sometimes the fish get so aggressive you can even catch two Mangrove Snappers on a single hook.
Fishing out of Marathon is great for Snapper all year long. They eat a wide variety of baits and sometimes artificial lures. Most of the time we catch them on live shrimp, pinfish, and pilchards.
During the late summer we even offer Lobster snorkeling trips and spearfishing trips in shallow water. Here you can see a nice mixed bag of Grouper, Hogfish, and Florida Spiny Lobster. All of these fish were caught in less than 10 feet of water near Marathon, FL.
Fresh Grouper and fresh Mangrove Snapper make a delicious fresh fish meal for the whole family.