MARATHON FLORIDA KEYS SPORT FISHING CHARTERS


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, Bonefish


  • 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Marathon Florida Keys Sport Fishing Charts
Type 
Season        
Location
African Pompano   
All Year 
Reef
Amberjack 
All Year   
Reef, Offshore
Barracuda  
All Year
Bay, Reef
Blackfin Tuna  
All Year
Offshore
Blue Marlin   
Spring, Summer 
Offshore
Bonefish
Winter, Spring
Bay, Reef, Offshore
Bonito
All Year
Offshore
Cobia
Winter, Spring
Bay, Offshore
Dolphin (mahi-mahi)  
Summer
Offshore
Goliath Grouper
All Year
Bay, Reef
Grouper 
All Year
Bay, Reef
Kingfish
Fall, Winter, Spring
Reef, Offshore
King Mackerel
Fall, Winter, Spring
Reef, Offshore
Mangrove Snapper
All Year
Bay, Reef
Mutton Snapper
All Year
Reef
Permit 
Spring, Summer
Bay, Reef
Redfish
All Year
Bay
Sailfish
Fall, Winter, Spring
Offshore
Shark
All Year
Bay, Reef, Offshore
Snook
All Year
Bay
Tarpon
Spring, Summer
Bay, Bridge
Wahoo
All Year
Offshore
Yellowtail Snapper
All Year
Reef

Reef & Wreck Fishing
This fishing is our bread and butter fishing in Marathon. A multitude of fish are being caught which include Snapper, Grouper, Cobia, Permit, Jacks,and Sharks. Reef and wreck fishing is the best place to start for people that have never fished in salt water before. Kids and families enjoy the constant action this fishing provides.

 

Marathon Keys Charter FishingSailfish Tarpon Cobia Mahi SharkAdults Children 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.

Offshore, including dolphin, sailfish, wahoo, swordfish
Dolphin which start to show up in May and run through August and run in very large schools. They range from 5lbs to 60lbs.

Tarpon Fishing
Done around bridges and flats with live bait and light tackle. We do 4 hour trips in the morning and late evening. Tarpon are large fish that average 60lb-150lbs. These fish are powerful fish that can take up to 2 hours to land, with average fight lasting about 30 to 40min.

Dolphin are very powerful fish that run and jump alot. For those that are looking to fill up a cooler of meat, the dolphin are the fish to fit that bill.

Sailfish
show up in late fall (Oct) and run through (May). Their amazing jumps and blistering runs make them one of the finest game fish in the ocean. We use light tackle and spinning reels that range from 12lb to 20lb test line.

For unmatched power, we fish for swordfish. They reach monster sizes that makes them the ultimate game fish. These tackle busters range from 80lbs to 500lbs and are very tasty fish. We specialize in daytime sword fishing and have an 80% catch ratio. The swordfish tackle we use ranges from 50lb to 100lbs test and makes for thrilling stand up fishing.   For a battle of a lifetime come and try out the daytime swordfish charter trips.

MEET OUR CAPTAINS

Top Notch Sport Fishing is fortunate to have two very experienced, knowledgeable, and professional Captains.

Ariel Medero Top Notch,
Captain Ariel Medero

The most well-made, fully-equipped boat would not be complete without the most important element... the fish finding CaptainCaptain Ariel Medero is Top Notch's secret weapon! This professional Captain is United States Coast Guard licensed and bi-lingual.
Born in Argentina, Ariel moved to Marathon, Florida Keys in 1994 and has been fishing ever since.  With fourteen years experience fishing in the Keys, Ariel is a sure thing.  Whatever type of fishing you are interested in, he will put you where the fish are.  Ariel's knowledge of the area waters and the love of the sport, paired with his patience & charm will round out the entire Florida Keys fishing experience for all who come aboard the Top Notch.

Captain Shelby BentleyTop Shelf,
Captain Shelby Bentley

Captain Shelby Bentley has joined our team and what a great addition he is! Shelby was born in Orlando and moved to the Keys in 1984. With his 19 years of experience fishing all throughout the Florida Keys its safe to say you won't be disappointed. With his knowledge and skill he gives you plenty of options. He's like a magician, he knows all the tricks. If one thing is not working he is always prepared for something else. Even if fishing is slow, like an illusionist, he produces fish out of nowhere. Come join the long list of happy anglers that have had a successful and enjoyable day on the water sport fishing on the Top Shelf with Captain Shelby Bentley.

THE PASSION OF TOP NOTCH SPORT FISHING

Top Notch Sport Fishing is a passion turned into a business. Owner Janet Vermette, who was born and raised in the "Ocean State" of Rhode Island, fell in love with fishing while living for eight years in St. Thomas Virgin Islands.  Her love of the sport became a lifestyle.  Now that Marathon Key, Florida is home, sharing the thrill of "fish on!" with her customers is a dream come true. Janet also has a home in Destin, another of Florida's greatest off-shore fishing destinations.