Marathon Beach is one of the most unique and beautiful destinations in Florida. The sandy beaches and warm sunshine make it a very attractive place to visit and spend quality time with your loved ones. A honeymoon is the perfect time to get to experience this destination. While you are here, don’t miss out on Marathon redfish fishing for your chance to catch the biggest fish of your life.
Northeast Florida holds excellent waters for outdoor fishing adventures. This corner of Florida is by far one of the BEST destinations to come catch Trophy Redfish. One of the many blessings is that you don’t have to wait a very long time to land yours. Hop on board with one of our local experts and they will take you to the most productive fishing holes for trophy reds.
A Trophy Redfish, or more recognizably known as a Bull Red are some of the most sought after inshore game fish in the nation. Florida is a very strong fishing destination for catching these fish. Late summer too early fall is when these big fish begin to mate and move into the shallow waters of various estuaries and river systems.
Many come to visit and fish this region of Florida strictly for that Trophy Fish. Years of experience will allow you to key in on certain techniques in order to catch a Bull Red. MarathonRedfish fishing provides the best opportunities to get the job done. Live bait is the most effective method when catching redfish. Large croakers, crabs, grunts and mullet will produce the best bite for these GIANT fish.
Fishing for Redfish in Florida is not the easiest task and you have to be very knowledgeable of your area. Captain Brad Kayholm is by FAR the Redfish Expert in Northeast Florida. If you are looking for the most incredible fishing adventure of your life, Marathon Beach is not only the destination for you but Captain Brad will help you get it done. Come enjoy a Marathon Inshore Fishing Charter!
Marathon Redfish Fishing for Bull Reds
July has been ultra productive in catching big redfish. Brittany and her husband were on their honeymoon in Marathon Beach and wanted to explore and catch some redfish here in Florida. One of the many rewards for our captains is spending moments like this with their clients and providing memories worth a lifetime.
As routine, Captain Brad called Brittany the night before their fishing trip to confirm all the details the morning was going to bring. Brittany expressed that she wanted one thing and one thing only, a GIANT BULL RED FISH.
Marathon redfish fishing did not let them down. It was not long into their trip that they got the bite they wanted. After a short but long 10 minute battle, Brittany’s redfish showed itself. When that fish revealed itself on the surface laughter and screams let out. It is only natural that this would happen as this fish was a true Bull and Trophy.
Furthermore, the hard fight redfish put up will send adrenaline through your veins. It is one of the most exhilarating feelings you will ever get. If you love to fish, this is the best fish to come catch. Brittany tired out her trophy catch and brought it to the boat. After an amazing fight, Captain Brad netted this beauty, got a quick measurement and the most tantalizing photo you can get.
Brittany’s Bull and Trophy Redfish measured in at 44” long. You truly can’t beat the action here in Northeast Florida. After capturing the moment, Brittany got to release this magical beast back into the waters of Marathon.
Most noteworthy, Catch and Release is our preferred method when fishing for big game fish. We strive to preserve our ecosystems but also provide someone else the opportunity to catch that trophy again.
Captain Brad was thoroughly excited for this amazing new married couple for landing this fish. It is memories like this that will not only last a lifetime for the Captain but also this couple. They get to start a new incredible relationship and chapter of their life landing her dream fish. Captain Brad is looking forward to the opportunity to tempt to break this catch next time they are visiting Florida.
Don’t miss out on your opportunity and adventure here in Northeast Florida. Just like Marathon redfish fishing didn’t let this couple down, it won’t for you either. All you have to do is step aboard our fishing vessel and let the expert Captain take you on that adventure you have dreamed about. Above all, we look forward to the opportunity to put a bull redfish in your hands soon.
AUGUST-NOVEMBER ARE PRIME FISHING MONTHS FOR BULL REDFISH HERE IN FLORIDA!
More About the Florida Redfish:
Redfish are generally bronze or reddish with a white underbelly. One of the signature features of a redfish is its ringed spot or spots on the base of the tail fin. These game fish are delicious to eat when they are in the 10 pound range. Many consider as some of their favorite. Make sure you pay attention to all the rules and regulations put out by myFWC on harvesting. The Florida record comes in at 52 pounds, 5 ounces. You can catch redfish along all Florida coasts. Shell bars, rocky or grassy shorelines and shallow flats produce the best bite. Besides Marathon, Port Canaveral Fishing is also a great place to catch BIG Redfish. Don’t hesitate to research more about Redfish here at Florida Sportsman.
The Florida State Record for Cobia is 130 lb 1 oz, and was caught near Destin. No wonder Destin is the Cobia Capital of the World! Imagine a fish of that size! Cobia are some of the strongest fighting fish because of their beefy muscular make up and their innate tenacity. The Cobia is a powerful fish and a thrilling catch and is one of the most sought after game fish and once hooked the thrill really begins with line coming off a screaming reel and the angler unable to do anything but hang on! Cobia are considered an inshore/near shore species and sight fishing is the best method to find these tasty brawlers and works even better if your vessel is equipped with a tower or raised platform. Cobia can be found in all waters off of the coast of Florida and down into the Keys.
The appearance of the fish in local waters is temperature driven and most Cobia anglers start watching the water around mid March for the fish to show up. Cobia are generally found in near shore and inshore waters with inlets and bays – the fish like structure and are frequently found around buoys, pilings and wrecks in these areas. Cobia spawn in spring and early summer and can be found throughout the summer months. Experienced Cobia anglers will look for turtles, manta ray and floating debris to find Cobia- the fish enjoy the easy pickings from the rays as they dig up the bottom foraging for their own dinner.
Cobia are a versatile game fish caught on fly and spinning tackle both. They can be found in offshore waters, near shore waters and on the flats. So no matter what your equipment, type of boat or level of experience there is A COBIA IN YOUR FUTURE!
Best bait and tactics for catching Cobia.
The BEST TACTIC for hooking and catching Cobia it to BE PREPARED! Cobia have a reputation for being extremely finicky when it comes to live baits and lures so have several rods baited and standing by with a variety of offerings. Cobia frequently travel in at least pairs and sometimes threesomes – have several stout rods rigged and ready to go at the fish opportunity. Live crabs and small fish are good bait for cobia but eels and live pinfish and a variety of artificial baits work well especially bucktail combinations with plastic tails. My favorite bait for cobia is an artificial eel made of surgical tubing with a lead sinker at the head. Live baits for cobia include spot, menhaden, mullet, minnows, perch, eels, shrimp, crabs, and clams. These use of these live baits vary with season and location and only experience can tell you what to use and when. Keep bait near the surface or, if cobia are deeper, add just enough weight to get the bait down and still retain its movement. Medium to heavy tackle is generally a good idea to land these fish that average 30 pounds and as every true Cobia hunter knows can easily go over 60 pounds. Fishing for cobia along pilings with a weighted eel is a favorite tactic of experienced anglers.
Cast the reel so it drops alongside the pilling and drops down- if you don’t get a strike the first time keep trying until you have covered all angles before moving on.
A word of caution, Cobia are a tough hard fighting fish and large specimens when gaffed and boated have caused anglers to lose equipment, be injured and have damaged boats. Have a plan when you get that fish over the side- have a fish box open and ready and the decks cleared so you can easily in one coordinated move land the fish and move it to the fish box.
Good recipes for cooking and eating Cobia.
Cobia are excellent table fare and are also great raw for sushi or sashimi. It can also be used as a replacement for fish such as tuna, if people are looking for an environmentally sustainable alternative, as the texture and flavor are quite similar. Did you know that Cobia grows three times as fast as salmon and has been commercially produced in Asia, particularly in Taiwan where it is stocked in about 80% of ocean cages. Here are a few good Cobia recipes to try out- but nothing can beat a hot charcoal grill and a little Italian seasoning splashed on top!
Lemon Butter Cobia
Ingredients: 1 lb. cobia steaks 1/2 fresh lemon 1 tbsp. butter 1 tsp. olive oil 1/2 tsp. Old Bay crab seasoning or equivalent
Instructions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Drain steaks and lay in a casserole dish coated with olive oil.
Squeeze lemon juice over steaks, coat with butter and sprinkle with seasoning.
Bake for 10 minutes or until fish is white on the outside and still slightly pink in the center.
Baked Cobia with Italian Herbs
1 lb. cobia steaks 1 cup crushed bread crumbs 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon fresh oregano 1/2 cup melted butter
1. Rinse fillets and allow to drain in a colander. If necessary, blot away excess water with a paper towel.
2. Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
3. Dredge fillets in butter and roll in dry season mixture. Place fillets on a greased cookie sheet.
4. Bake at 375-degrees for approximately 15-20 minutes. The fish is cooked when it is white and flakes easily
What Kind of Bait Do You Use to Catch SNAPPER in the Gulf of Mexico?
The Snapper, particularly the Gulf Red Snapper, is one of the most prized fish to catch in the Gulf of Mexico. Not only is it known for its tasty meat but also for its display of strength in the fishing sports world. It thrives in abundance in the Gulf of Mexico due to the favorable warmer climate and rich marine life in the area.
They key to successful Snapper Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico is a wide variety of bait. Remember that just like any game fish, Snappers are very discerning creatures, that one bait may not necessarily be effective the next time.
Of course, you can choose between artificial and live bait. It is observed, however, that Snappers take artificial baits with less vigor compared to natural bait. That is why, when choosing artificial lures, always bring along different kinds and sizes since Snappers to have a range of choices.
Although artificial baits nowadays may have the best in technological advancement, it doesn’t mean that live bait won’t do anymore. In fact, Tarpons respond the most to live baits. Snappers can eat absolutely almost anything although they have developed a preference for small fishes such as sardines and cigar mirrow, and crustaceans. In fact, the Red Snapper derives its reddish tint from its diet of mostly shrimps.
In the Gulf of Mexico, Snappers can be caught in waters as deep as 30 feet to 300 feet. They tend to cluster at the bottom of the ocean and prefer rocky reefs, ridges and ledges, and artificial refuges such as shipwrecks and oil rigs. Also, note that in the Gulf of Mexico, there appropriate regulations cover Snapper fishing.
What Kind of Bait Do You Use? to Catch SNAPPER in the Gulf of Mexico.
Florida boasts of having over 8,000 miles of coastline as well as 4,500 miles of inland waterways. With this much water for cruising, it is no wonder that boating is such a popular sport in the state. Many boaters often find themselves cruising over Florida waters and its waterways for the sheer beauty of it. Many types of boats have graced the waters of Florida ranging from mega-yachts to wooden skiffs. In Florida, owning a boat is as normal as owning a car.
The wonders of boating in Florida are further enhanced with its waterways, passages where boats can pass through for maximum boating experience. There are many waterways maintained by the Florida Inland Navigation District, the two most common and popular are the Intracoastal Waterway or ICW and the Okeechobee Waterway.
The ICW is also known as “the ditch” and is a natural but dredged channel. This channel extends 500 miles down the east coast of Florida to the tip of the Keys. This is a very popular boating route because it runs through rivers, creeks as well-dredged canals, giving boaters an extremely great variety in boating experience.
The Okeechobee Waterway, on the other hand, is composed of 135 miles of boating route. Extremely popular during the summer, this waterway runs along the St. Lucie Canal from Stuart, across the lake, then on to Sanibel Island via the Caloosahatchee River.
Just as cars park in a parking lot, boats do so as well but in ports. Boats aren’t just anchored anywhere. There are many great places to anchor in Marathon including across Ponce Inlet in front of sandbar of the Island; the anchorage in Boca Chica Harbor; and the bayside by Sand’s Cut. Brevard County also has a great place to anchor such as sand Island across Marathon Inlet.
Boating Rules and Regulations
It is recommended that before purchasing a boat or even before boating in Florida, especially for those new in the area, to get acquainted with the state’s boating rules and regulations for a safe and legal boating experience.