Florida is a destination with endless things to offer. North Florida in particular and especially on the east coast provide ample ways to get outdoors. Due to exceptional weather year round, you can really get some activities off your bucket list. An over sized redfish fishing charter should most certainly be one of those activities.
There is something about Florida waters that truly captivate you. One of the many reasons is the ability to hook into something legendary. Every cast can yield a surprise that can revolutionize the way you feel about fishing and the outdoors. Getting outdoors especially in Florida is a great way to bond with loved ones or family. Florida is known to be the fishing capital of the world. If you have an inclination to go out and fish, hop on board one of our fishing vessels for a fishing adventure of a lifetime.
One of the best parts about fishing with us here at iOutdoor is that you can trust that you will be fishing with an expert. Our fishing Captains have years of experience. They have spent hours and days on the water honing in their craft. As a result, you are almost guaranteed the best opportunities to target the species you are after. When it comes to Redfish Fishing, there is no better at fishing for them then Captain Brad Kayholm.
Marathon Beach is home to some of the best inshore fishing for Redfish in the world. Several locations across the nation produce great action but nothing like this. While you are here for vacation or truly searching for that trophy bull redfish, make sure you get out and give it your best chance. It seems like this time of year is one of the best times to do so. Hop on board and let your local expert cruise you to the spot where you will hook into the biggest fish of your life.
Every year people travel to Florida and specifically Marathon Beach to come catch this Bull Redfish. A last minute change to plans led 90 year old Chris and his grandson Christopher on an amazing journey to catch redfish. Mosquito Lagoon has been one of the most productive areas to do this in the whole state. Due to the excellent conditions even though it has its water issues, you can catch big redfish here most of the year.
The main goal of this fishing charter was landing the biggest fish of their life. They wanted to shatter both of their redfish records. The west coast has some excellent fishing as well but nothing like this east coast action. It was a must that they traveled from Tampa to search out a bucket list fish. Consequently, they ended up catching multiple oversized bull redfish.
Captain Brad, put Chris and Christopher on 7 oversized bull redfish. One of the fish was 46 inches long and got to live another day. As well, one of the redfish was truly unique. It had 93 spots on it. You don’t get to see or catch this quality of fish every fishing trip. If you are looking to get in on some of this fishing action, you have to Visit Marathon Beach.
Chris and Christopher got to spend some quality time and had an absolute blast fishing this amazing place. They will be back to the east coast for more action. Captain Brad is looking forward to the opportunity to get them back on the water again soon!
Don’t miss out on your fishing adventure next time you are visiting North Florida. Our Florida inshore fishing charters can bring you exceptional value and memories worth a lifetime. When you adventure out after big bull redfish, you will not be disappointed. We are looking forward to seeing you on the water next time!
Early morning risers are the ones that get to truly enjoy the essence of what Florida Fishing is all about. As you are cruising out to your fishing destination, you get to get some wind in your face, listen to the wildlife and watch some of the most gorgeous east coast sunrises. Mosquito Lagoon Inshore Fishing is the Ultimate Florida Experience!
The sunrise was so breathtaking on this fishing adventure out of Mosquito Lagoon. Colors reflected so perfectly off the cloud cover that illuminated the vast fishing grounds. Mosquito Lagoon Inshore Fishing is considered some of the BEST in the world especially for Sea Trout and Redfish. If you are looking for an incredible experience on the water, North Florida has everything you are after.
You can explore these waters within a short drive from the City of Orlando along with other surrounding cities like Marathon Beach or Daytona Beach. Excellent fishing and outdoor adventures are all around you when visiting this beautiful place. Our local experts, guides and captains will provide you with the ultimate experience when traveling here.
Not only does Mosquito Lagoon have exceptional inshore fishing, it also has a large abundance of wildlife. The Lagoon is part of the Merrit Island National Wildlife Refuge that protects the land so that wildlife can thrive along Florida’s Space Coast. If you are looking to observe birds, manatees, dolphins and much more aquatic life, this also is your destination. When you embark on a Mosquito Lagoon Inshore Fishing Charter, you can experience it all!
Captain Brad Kayholm had the pleasure of fishing and exploring this amazing lagoon with Matt, Josh and Jennifer. They wanted to bring some fish to the boat as well as encounter all that it had to offer. Mosquito Lagoon Inshore Fishing was absolutely incredible with lots of action!
Matt, Josh and Jennifer adventured out on a quick 4 hour fishing trip. In a short time after leaving the boat ramp, they caught 20 Sea Trout. The action is hot and heavy and they had a lot of fun catching Trout on the Lagoon. One of the most exciting forms of fishing for Sea Trout is the early morning top water bite. Throw some top water baits at them while they are in schools and hold on for some fun action. Whether you like a popping cork or mini spook, they will aggressive feed on anything you throw their way.
After catching up their limit, they truly wanted to just sit back and relax while enjoying the views. When visiting Mosquito Lagoon, make sure you set some extra time aside to do a little nature tour. Captain Brad is highly knowledgeable of all the spots that are great for fishing and to see the nature you wish to experience. Manatees and Dolphins were swimming all around us. Jennifer really wanted to see a Manatee as it was on her bucket list. These delicate large aquatic creatures are absolutely incredible to experience up close!
Captain Brad is looking forward to exploring these waters again with Matt, Josh and Jennifer next time they are visiting Florida!
One of the many benefits of fishing with Marathon Fishing Charters is that we take care of your needs. We want to make sure that you are getting the full experience and what you wish for. Never feel uncomfortable and always ask your guide to show you everything your destination has to offer. North Florida is filled with an abundance of additional activities that promote and complete the ultimate fishing experience.
Don’t miss out on your Mosquito Lagoon Inshore Fishing Charter next time you are traveling to Florida. Also, don’t be shy if you are a local to come catch some tasty treats and see what Florida can provide you. Great memories can be yours especially when you bring along your family. Soak up some sun in a different way and never forget it on this fishing adventure of a lifetime!
Snook are strictly regulated to protect it from overfishing. Catching them requires a license, permit, they must be within range of a certain size, the bag limit is one a day, you’re only allowed to keep them in season and they are not allowed to be sold or bought. So your only way of having some is to grab your gear and get out on the water.
Many say its all worth it for an amazing seasonal treat. Snook is a delicious sport fish, ask almost anyone that has tried a bite. They will normally reply that it was one of the best tasting fish that they have ever had. The meat is white, with medium density and a mild subtle taste.With countless recipes online a quick search will bring up a plethora of options to choose. remember to remove the skin or your gonna have a bad time. Anyways a favorite among many is the deep fried fish method. But which every way you like to prepare them this is definitely a tasty fish unless you don’t take the skin off then its not.
Snook can be found in south and central Florida mostly inshore brackish and coastal waters. they can also be found along man made structures mangroves, and shorelines and Large schools form in summer for spawning.
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
Snook are fish that live either in saltwater or fresh water. Tricky to catch, Snook are still much sought-after because of their delicious meat and the challenge of catching one. Like most fish, Snook are cold blooded animals. Thus, they rely on the water temperature to regulate the temperature of their bodies. Cold temperatures are detrimental to the health of this fish species and sudden drops in temperature can be deadly. Thus, Snook have to migrate to warmer waters such as Flamingo in the Florida Keys when winter begins.
The migration patterns largely depend on where they are currently located, what temperature that location has, and in what direction is the warmer body of water. Snook migrating through the waters of Florida follow an east to west pattern, as opposed to the usual north to south that many fish species do.
Snook can easily move from freshwater to salt water and vice versa. Those who have observed them swim upstream say that they stay close to the center of the water body – be it a large river or a small creek. Also, Snook love to travel during day time.
The problem with migrating Snook is that they ignore your bait, most of the time, no matter how delicious it might be. They are also easily spooked so fly fishing for Snook can be frustrating. In fact, Snook are the most difficult to catch when they are migrating. Still, if you try to be as subtle as you can, you’d probably be able to entice one to take your bait.
Snook Fishing in Florida:
Snook Fishing in Florida in the ultimate inshore fishing experience. You truly can’t beat the action especially once the snook move in during their migrations. Most of the migrations are due to mating and that search for warmer weather. Summer months are the most productive months to catch them but also the time of year that you can’t harvest them. According to FWC, Dec. 15- Jan. 31st and June 1st- Aug. 31st seasons of harvest are closed.
September 1st brings about one of the most incredible times to go Night Fishing in Marathon. Inshore Fishing for these elusive beasts will be one of the most action packed fishing adventures of your lifetime!
The Jack fish or Jack Crevalle is characterized by their beautiful color of bluish-green to greenish-gold on their backs. These fish also have silvery or yellowish bellies. Its soft dorsal fin and anal fins are almost identical in size and it has a prominent black spot on the gill cover and black spots at the base of each pectoral fins. There are no scales on the throat of the Jack fish. This fish species can grow to nearly 60 pounds. Species similar to Jacks are the Caranx.
Jack fish or Jacks can be found in both inshore waters and the open sea. They tend to show up anywhere and everywhere but most of the time in places where there are lots of food or baitfish. Jacks often travel into fresh or brackish waters and are often seen in springs that lead to the ocean.
Jacks school by size, the largest fish forming the smallest schools. When they sight prey, often near the surface of the water, they perform remarkable slashing attacks and with such commotion that can be seen at a great distance. When they are done attacking and feeding, they regroup again for their next assault. Jacks are known to be a predatory species and are one of the most contentious bullies in the waters.
Their main food item is fish. A food study reveals that 80% of fish were found in their stomachs, 40% invertebrates, and 2% pieces of wood. They have great swimming endurance as evidenced by their red flesh and falcate tail fin. Jacks also tolerate a wide range of salinities.