Seven Mile Bridge

Seven Mile Bridge

In marathon there is couple places to launch or rent a boat. To rent a boat check out Captain Pips or Buds Boats. To Launch there is a public ramp located on the bay side. A short distance from both boat rental places and the ramp is the 7 mile bridge. The seven mile bridge offers good fishing for snapper, grouper which are mostly too small, and Tarpon in the warmer months. Depending on the season there will also be spanish mackerel , jack crevelles and blue runners around the base of the bridge.

Usually people anchor up current from the pilings and chum back to the bridge, use jigs and small slip sinker rigs. Be prepared to get snagged a lot.

 

The best areas to fish the bridge will be a little ways away from Marathon near Moser Channel, the water is deeper by this channel and in the summer months tarpon tend to congregate there.The seven mile bridge has both a new and old bridge, both have lots of fish but when they built the old bridge they dumped a ton of debris in the water, so often the old bridge is better for snapper fishing.

Summer tarpon fishing at the seven mile bridge is famous but is bit difficult for new people fishing the area. It requires a bit of tackle and know how. Firstly the water current rips thru the bridge, its actually pretty amazing. So you will need bigger baits, like mullet or a large blue crab. If the current is humming pinfish will ski across the water not making a good bait. You also will need a quick release anchor because the tarpon take off like a rocket. A quick release is just an anchor line that has a anchor ball or boat bumper tied to it. This essentially allows you to un hook from the anchor line quickly and chase the tarpon.

In the winter months head north of the bridge to catch tons of mackerel, bluefish and sharks. Head out to that elbow bank area in the north east corner of the map. Anchor up, and just start chumming, usually shortly there will be hoards of pinfish , bluefish , catfish, mackerel and sharks. Use small hooks and cut bait to catch pinfish and catfish and then use the pinfish on cork with a steel leader, for smaller sharks and bluefish, use the back end of a catfish on long steel leader for the bigger sharks.
Seven Mile Bridge

In marathon there is couple places to launch or rent a boat. To rent a boat check out Captain Pips or Buds Boats. To Launch there is a public ramp located on the bay side. A short distance from both boat rental places and the ramp is the 7 mile bridge. The seven mile bridge offers good fishing for snapper, grouper which are mostly too small, and Tarpon in the warmer months. Depending on the season there will also be spanish mackerel , jack crevelles and blue runners around the base of the bridge.

Usually people anchor up current from the pilings and chum back to the bridge, use jigs and small slip sinker rigs. Be prepared to get snagged a lot.

 

 

The best areas to fish the bridge will be a little ways away from Marathon near Moser Channel, the water is deeper by this channel and in the summer months tarpon tend to congregate there.The seven mile bridge has both a new and old bridge, both have lots of fish but when they built the old bridge they dumped a ton of debris in the water, so often the old bridge is better for snapper fishing.

Summer tarpon fishing at the seven mile bridge is famous but is bit difficult for new people fishing the area. It requires a bit of tackle and know how. Firstly the water current rips thru the bridge, its actually pretty amazing. So you will need bigger baits, like mullet or a large blue crab. If the current is humming pinfish will ski across the water not making a good bait. You also will need a quick release anchor because the tarpon take off like a rocket. A quick release is just an anchor line that has a anchor ball or boat bumper tied to it. This essentially allows you to un hook from the anchor line quickly and chase the tarpon.

In the winter months head north of the bridge to catch tons of mackerel, bluefish and sharks. Head out to that elbow bank area in the north east corner of the map. Anchor up, and just start chumming, usually shortly there will be hoards of pinfish , bluefish , catfish, mackerel and sharks. Use small hooks and cut bait to catch pinfish and catfish and then use the pinfish on cork with a steel leader, for smaller sharks and bluefish, use the back end of a catfish on long steel leader for the bigger sharks.

 

Yellowtail Snapper

Yellowtail Snapper – Fishing Key West

Yellowtail snapper are a sought after food fish in the Florida Keys. They are common all around the Keys but are primarily fished for on the reef and deep wrecks. Although keepers are caught all over the bigger snapper are primarily caught in deeper water, 40-120 feet. When people fish for yellowtails they usually chum very heavily. It’s not uncommon to go thru chum box every hour or so. Essentially this causes the yellowtails to line up behind the boat; you then drift back small baits to them. Depending on the current and depth of the water, a small jig head or split shot will the help the bait get down. Baits for yellowtails are usually cut fish such as ballyhoo or bonito, shrimp or live pilchards. Yellowtails are often line shy and it pays to use as light line as possible often using a long fluorocarbon leader. Sometimes you will have to drift your bait far out behind the boat before you hit them, so be prepared with a reel that hold a good length of line.

On the deeper wrecks larger yellowtail will often eat whole small to medium sized ballyhoo, and the before mentioned baits.