Fishing in Marathon, FL or the Middle Keys for the first time? New to fishing and have no idea where to even start? You’ve arrived at your haven! At Keys Maritime Specialty Bait and Seafood Market in Marathon, FL we know that sometimes the locals need a few beers before they start talking. Let us share some knowledge so you can spend more time having fun with your family. Make sure to check out our shop on 15th St. for some of the best prices on live bait in town!
When fishing on land, and not on a privately owned dock, the other option is fishing from shore or shallows. There are several popular areas often used to pull off on the side of the road and go wading! These spots are sometimes best found by searching for tire tracks when traveling between islands. The locations on the map are approximate, so make sure to do some scouting first! Click here to return to navigation!
Shore fishing spots from left to right
7mile bridge fishing area, as well as wading in the shallows before
Curry Hammock State Park, hidden gem. Entry Fee, so plan a day.
Wading spots can be found on the road going north by looking for tire tracks on the left hand side, many of the these are well used and its likely to see other fisherman, mostly because they can yield great results.
When looking for fishing spots on the water in the Marathon area, your actions are guided mostly by the wind. No one likes it rough, so when not inshore always use the land to block the winds. You might be surprised how heading into the gulf yields drastically different results than staying on the ocean side. In general there are more fish in the Ocean, but strong currents and muddy waters can make it hard for fish to find your bait. The best spots are at the points where the depth changes quickly- channels, ledges, and holes. Using a sonar and depth chart is the best way to find these areas! For more information on how to use a sonar, check here.
Bridges can be a fisherman’s best friend for landing a catch on both land and water. There are several bridges located throughout marathon and middle keys considered prime grounds by locals. Keep the wind and tide in mind when fishing from land, since many bridges only allow you fish easily in a single direction! Highlighted below are several popular fishing bridges in the area. Many fishing spots in marathon are only accessible by foot so plan ahead! Click here to return to navigation!
popular fishing bridges
The Seven Mile Bridge
The newly reopened seven mile bridge is one of Marathon’s most popular fishing grounds. With fishing somewhat available off both sides of the bridge (better when the tide is flowing to the gulf), and a wide variety of species to catch supporting themselves off each pilon’s artificial reef, it is truly Marathon’s go to fishing grounds by water. Fishing is no longer allowed off shore from the old bridge other than in designated areas! For more detailed locations along the bridge, check out our species targeting guide
Long Key Bridge is the second most popular fishing bridge in the Marathon and Duck key area. Accessible by parking, and better for fishing the ocean side. This one involves a lot of walking! Click here to return to navigation!
A hidden gem, the KOA bridge is better for fishing the ocean side, and poor in the other direction. The parking for the bridge is located before you reach the KOA campground in Upper Sugar Loaf Key. Click here to return to navigation!
One of the the only fishing bridges in the keys that allows you to fish both sides easily! Very popular Big Pine fishing area. Make sure to always have your shore based, saltwater fishing permits ready at this location as it is a hot spot for FWC. Click here to return to navigation!