Offshore and Deep Sea Fishing Charters & Trips
The Middle Florida Keys - Marathon
This is the most complete list of Florida Keys fishing charters for deep sea fishing
and offshore fishing on the Internet today!  We know that anglers want to
comparison shop online and make advance reservations with the Florida Keys
fishing charter that's the right fit for them!!  We know how difficult it is to compare
Florida Keys fishing charters by looking at the individual websites.  Because there
are only a few websites that Google ranks highly, many excellent charters and
guides are overlooked because their website doesn't come up on the first few
pages of a search.  We've done the research for you and compiled a very
comprehensive list! Browse through this page, see at-a-glance highlights of each
Florida Keys fishing charter and choose
the perfect fishing charter for you!            
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Did You Know?
Butch holds 4 world IGFA World records as a guide
for tarpon (womans 2# and 6#, mens 2# and 6#) .

Butch owns and operates a 25’ custom built
privateer for tarpon fishing and bay fishing as well
as a 22’ blackjack boat and operates a 47’ Cabo
for offshore fishing.

On a family note – Capt Butch is married and has
two kids who want to follow in daddy’s  footsteps.  
His wife, Barbara, loves to fish with the family and
is a winning angler in most of the tournaments they
fish together.
Captain Butch

Capt Butch Hewlett was born in Marathon, Fl in 1961.  
His father and uncle were back country guides at the
time and Butch learned how to fish the waters of the
Florida Keys from Key West to Islamorada before he
was 10 years old.  By the time he was 16, he had won
several bonefish tournaments as a self guided angler.  
Once he was able to take passengers for hire (by the
time he was 20),  and has enjoyed taking people
fishing ever since.
Atlantic Sailfish -Spindlebeak
Probably the best known gamefish in the Florida Keys this fighter can reach a weight of 100
pounds; but averages around 50. He is generally found in water over six fathoms. However, it is
not uncommon to find him hunting food in the shallow waters of the reef. Fall and winter are the
best times of year to tangle with a sailfish, but they are caught year-round.
Captain Mike Biffel has fished the Florida Keys for 30 years, everywhere from Key Biscayne
to the Dry Tortugas, and throughout the Everglades. From Inshore Flats to Reefs, Wrecks,
and Offshore fishing, he has perfected techniques in all areas.  Best of all, Mike enjoys
fishing as much, if not more, than his crew.

Mike has fished many local and renowned tournaments including the South Florida
Metropolitan Tournament, the Southern Kingfish Tournament, The South Florida Bull &
Cow (dolphin) Tournament and La Guaira Billfish Slam in Venezuela.  He also holds
several records with the IGFA (International Game Fish Association).

Mike specializes in live bait and light tackle techniques, using 8 pound, 10 pound, 12
pound, 16 pound, 20 pound and 30 pound line.

Captain Mike Biffel enjoys filling his live wells with pilchards, threadfins, shrimp, ballyhoo
& blue runners for larger species.
Captain Mike Biffel

From May through October
Mike and Marianne Biffel
operate Marsh Creek
Watersports in Pennsylvania.
Captain Ariel Medero is United States Coast Guard licensed.  Born in Argentina, Ariel moved to
Marathon, Florida Keys in 1994 and has been fishing ever since.  With 16 years experience fishing in the
Keys, Ariel will always put you where the fish are.  Captain Ariel's knowledge of the area waters and love
of the sport will make every fishing experience a success for all who come aboard the Big Game.
Captain Ariel Medero
Located in Marathon, "THE HEART OF THE KEYS",
Jerry's offers everything you need to make the most of
your Keys experience! Take a day to go off shore fishing,
dive or snorkel to explore the beautiful coral reefs and
meet tropical fish that eat from your hand. Spend a
leisurely morning kayaking or biking your way through
this tropical wonderland and finish up with a spectacular
sunset sail.
Captain Jerry

Over 30 years experience as a charter Captain
North American Fishing Club Approved
Captain for 1996 - 2000
Fully Licensed – Coast Guard Certified
1998 - Voted BEST Charter Captain in the
Middle Keys by the Keynoter
Another fishing technique used is kite fishing.  This type of fishing is exciting as well.  Deploying one or two fishing
kites from the bow, stern, or both, then releasing lines out from clips that leave live baits right on the surface attracts
the gamefish.  The attack from the fish is absolutely amazing!
Did You Know?

  • Large, comfortable, tournament rigged
  • Captain and Mate included in rates
    with over 40 years combined
  • Reef, Offshore, Deep Drop, Bahamas,
    Tortugas, and Tournament Fishing.
  • Sailfish, Marlin, Swordfish, Tuna, Mahi
    Mahi, Grouper, Wahoo, Amberjack,
    and specialty fishing.
  • Two Onboard Toilets
  • Two of the Largest Charter Boats in
    Marathon, Fl.
Nikki Rice, Fishing Adventure
Coordinater/1st Mate

Family Fishing FUN!!
Another fishing technique that is becoming more and more popular is deep drop fishing.  Late in the summer, the
Dolphin fishing usually gets spotty. The reef is too warm for big Grouper and Snapper and the wrecks generally
produce Amberjacks and Shark. The best way to put “color” into the fish box is to fish deep.  That is, on the bottom of
the ocean, say about 850 feet.   
Deep drop fishing is an obsession for a few serious anglers because only a few will
pay the excessive price for the initial equipment needed.
Did You Know?
Our charter boat offers a comfortable air
conditioned salon and cabin, marine
head and plenty of deck area.
Fully Licensed and Insured
Captain B

Make fond memories in the Florida Keys...With all the
amenities you would expect and more, you just can't afford
not to ask "permission to board"
Offshore, Reef, Wreck, Bay & Flats  -  We offer half-day, three-quarter-day, and full-day trips 7 days a week.
We fish Tarpon, Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), Tuna, Sailfish, Snapper, Kingfish, Cobia, Permit, Shark, Barracuda,

•Proud Member Of The Marathon Chamber Of Commerce!
•We can accommodate from 1 to 12 passengers
•We have two beautiful, fully-equipped custom center-console
diesel powered boats
•We offer Flats fishing, off-shore, bay, reef, and wreck fishing
•We offer Swordfish trips, day or evening
•Night fishing is available
•We're very experienced in Tournament fishing
•We specialize in light tackle fishing with live bait
•We use custom-built rods with top-of-the-line reels
•Our Captains are United States Coast Guard Licensed and Bilingual
Top Notch Sport Fishing

We specialize in live bait fishing, which
include kites, sight fishing, and drift fishing.
Double and triple hook up on sailfish are very
common and on a good day double digit
catches are very possible.
Hi, my name is Captain Jeff Rella. I was born and raised in the
Florida Keys and can take you on a fishing adventure of a lifetime.
My knowledge of the surrounding waters are unsurpassed and
on our quest for large gamefish like Marlin, Dolphin, Tuna,
Wahoo and Sailfish, I will ensure a enjoyable and productive day
of fishing. If Wreck or Reef fishing is your game, for such species
like Grouper, Snapper, African Pompano, Amberjack, Kingfish
and much more. Marathon has some of most productive inshore
reef and wrecks of anywhere in the world. Have a Family charter?
No problem. Nothing is better than watching the kids smiling face
when they reel in the big one!!! Experienced and non-seasoned
anglers are welcome.
Capt. Jeff Rella II
Captain Ron Teke
Clients enjoy the fast, comfortable, dry, no pounding ride, available in our large 28’
ProSports Kat style boat. Our rates include bait, tackle, licenses for everyone, and
fish preparation. We fish offshore, inshore, reef, wrecks, bay, backcountry and near
gulf waters. Our 28’ ProSports Catamaran is licensed to carry six passengers. Our
boat is equipped with top of the line, light and heavy Penn and Shimano tackle,
including Penn International 30 and 50 wide, 2 speed reels with Aftco full roller guide
rods for serious offshore fishing. Deep drop tackle is also available and provides an
interesting new fishing venue. A full complement of spinning gear is also used in 8#-
25# sizes. Great electronics, outriggers, live bait well, and safety equipment.
Fluorocarbon leaders are used for most fishing situations.
The Marathon Hump, originally called the West Hump, is 27 miles South East of Marathon and is one of the favorite
fishing spots for charter boats and private boats.   This hump or mound rises from 1150 feet on the east side to 480
feet from the surface.  The Marathon Hump is located almost exactly in the middle of the Gulf Stream where the current
runs the hardest.
Did You Know?
Offshore fishing in the Florida Keys is one of the most exciting styles of
fishing you can ever experience.  You just never know what you might
catch!  Offshore trips take you up to 40- miles out into the deep blue
waters of the Atlantic where we'll site fishing and troll for a variety of
trophy species.  Offshore trips also include tuna fishing on the
world-famous Marathon Humps.

Reef fishing offers you the opportunity to catch a wide variety of delicious
table far species, including snapper and grouper, as well as trophy
pelagic fish like sailfish and cobia. During your reef fishing trip we will
fish the shallow patch reefs (up to 40 feet) and deeper reef (up to 100)
feet, where we'll use a variety of fishing styles to entice the bite. Reef
fishing is an excellent option for beginner anglers and children.
After fishing the reef, or on our way offshore, we will bottom fish with live
bait from 100 to 300-feet of water for a variety of strong species including
mutton snapper and greater amberjack. During the spring months wreck
fishing also allows you the opportunity to sport fish for permit, which offer
a fight-of-a-lifetime.
Captain Jason Long
Our Charter Team is the best charter that you could select when
fishing tournaments. We specialize in tournament fishing! We work
very hard for you, putting in special effort to win for you. We have won
and placed in many tournaments including, UCA Dolphin Tournament,
Leon Shell Sailfish Tournament, Dolphin and Bartenders, Key West
Texaco Sailfish Classic, John Gurry Challenge and many others. We
love the competition! We love the challenge!  We know that you will be
very pleased in the effort our charter team exerts for you.
Captains Morris & Marty Lewis

We Find 'Em, You Wind 'Em
Fleet of 7 Boats!
Capt. Chris Johnson
  • 4-6-8 hour trips and has NO fuel surcharge!
  • Prices cover up to 6 anglers and include all fishing
    licenses, bait, tackle, rods, reels, ice, fish cleaning,
    FUN and photos  of your Florida Keys fishing
  • Standard 20% gratuity to the Captain and crew is a
    welcome reward for hard work and great results.
  • If you choose to bring beer or wine, please be sure it
    is in cans or plastic rather than glass containers.
  • With our charter, you keep 100% of the fish you catch!
  • We also provides pack-and-ship service to eliminate
    the cost and hassle of flying or driving with your fish.
  • During the winter season when the mackerel are
    abundant, we will smoke your fish and ship it home
    for you to enjoy with family and friends.  We’ll even
    throw in our world-famous Super Secret Smoked
    Fish Dip recipe!
Captain Jim Purcell

  • All our boats are well equipped and comfortable
    vessels with heads.  
  • We bait your hook, take off your catch and replenish
    your hooks, bait and sinkers. All you have to do is reel
    them in!
  • Plus, we clean your fish for you at the end of your
    excursion for FREE!
  • First time anglers, small children and advanced
    anglers are all our specialties!
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Captain Jason Purtell knows Florida sport fishing like no one
else - and will use that knowledge to make your day fishing in
the Florida Keys successful.  We want our guests to bend
some rods as well as learn deep sea fishing tricks that will
ensure a successful day fishing in Florida.  We welcome all
anglers, experienced and inexperienced, families and children.
Matador Sport Fishing
Captain Jason Purtell
Jason Purtell-305-942-3999
Hunter Webster-717-377-5252

Our goal is to take you fishin'
and put you on the fish

Be part of the Matador Sportfishing team,
participating as you feel comfortable,
with captain and crew close at hand for
your safety.   If you want to hook your own
fish, we encourage it.  When you charter
a boat with us it's your day on your boat.
The Matador is a stylish 47’ custom Buddy
Davis Sportfish.  The Matador has an air-
conditioned salon, two refrigerators and a host
of amenities to make your day comfortable.  On
those days that are not so friendly her smooth
dry ride provided by her Carolina flare will make
you happy you are fishing “The Matador”.
Did I mention she raises fish!!”
Sweet E'Nuf Charters
Captain Dave Schugar

Fishing charters for all ages
and skill levels!

No other Marathon fishing
charter can compare to the
experience you’ll find with
Sweet E’Nuf Charters!
Captain Dave Schugar, a lifelong fisherman and licensed Master
Captain, offers custom charter trips to fit your needs and desires –
whether you’re looking for a full-day or half-day charter, want to seek out
a trophy Sailfish or have a relaxing reef trip, call Sweet E-Nuf Charters to
catch fish and have a good time.

An expert in both bottom fishing and sport fishing, Captain Dave
Schugar has the knowledge and experience to help you catch Sailfish,
Snapper, Mackerel, Tuna, Grouper, Dolphin, and more. If your goal is to
catch a trophy fish, he knows the perfect spots in the Florida Keys to
look. Or if you prefer to catch-and-eat fish, our charter fishing boats will
find the perfect fish for you.
In our namesake boat, Captain Dave can
accommodate groups of up to six people. If you’d
like to reserve a larger party, we can arrange for
groups up to 60 people with advance notice.

Whether you prefer a four hour, half-day trip
catching a variety of grouper and snapper along the
reef, or a full-day excursion offshore to find dolphin
or tuna (and even more fish!), we have the Marathon
fishing charters for you. Captain Dave is the person
to call for any fishing charter experience you need.