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Marathon Shores About this city

Marathon Shores is a neighborhood within the city of Marathon in Monroe County, Florida, United States. It is located in the middle Florida Keys on the island of Key Vaca.

Most fished species at Marathon Shores Top species most fished by Club members

Top species most fished by Club members

N°1 | The Tarpon

The Tarpon belongs to the Megalopidae family. The female tarpon can reach more than 2.5 m in length and weigh nearly 161 kg, the males being generally smaller. Males live longer than 30 years, while females can live longer than 50 years. They breed from May to July. It is generally fished during the spawning season. Externally, the almost vertical silvery sides made of large scales are the most distinctive feature of the tarpon. The tarpon has an upper mouth and the lower mandible extends well beyond the gape. The fins do not contain thorns, but are all made of soft rays. The dorsal fin is high forward and contains 13-15 rays of light, the last ray of which is very elongated into a thick filament. The caudal is deeply forked and the lobes appear to have the same length. The anterior part of the anal fin is deep and triangular. The fin has 22-25 rays, the last ray being elongated again as in the dorsal fin, but shorter and present only in adults. The tarpon has large pelvic fins and long pectoral fins containing 13 to 14 soft rays. The name "silver king" refers to the predominant bright silvery color on the sides and belly of the tarpon. Dorsally, the tarpon usually appears from dark blue to greenish black. However, the color may appear brownish or coppery for individuals living in inland waters. Dorsal and caudal fins have dark edges and often appear dark.

Fishing period : May to July

Minimum size : less than 100 cm

Difficulty :

N°2 | The Blacktip Shark

The Blacktip shark belongs to the Carcharhinidae family. If the maximum height is between 2.50 and 2.80 m, the average is more usually around 1.50 m, for a weight of 120 kg. The life expectancy of the blacktip shark is estimated at 12 years. Mating takes place from spring to early summer. It can be fished all year round. The blacktip shark has a relatively slender body with a long, conical snout. Its back and sides are ash grey; a light horizontal lateral stripe marks this area of the white belly quite slightly and a broad white line is often visible, belonging to the belly, coming from the caudal peduncle and stopping under the dorsal fin. The long nose is flattened dorso-ventrally and appears slightly rounded when viewed from below. The eyes are forward, relatively small. The mouth is wide. The nostrils are thin and you can't see the spiracles. The upper and lower teeth are quite similar, with a broad base and an almost straight point with finely crenellated edges. The pectoral fins are sickle-shaped. The first pointed dorsal fin with a pyramidal profile is inserted just behind the pectoral fins. The second dorsal fin is much smaller, facing the anal fin, of the same size. Just in front of the anal fin is a pair of small pelvic fins. Finally, the caudal fin is heterocercal with a fairly large upper lobe. All fins, except the anal, are bordered with a dark color on the trailing edge or apex, varying in intensity from one individual to another. The lower edge of the pectoral

Fishing period : All year

Minimum size : 1,40 m

Difficulty :

N°3 | The Gafftopsail Catfish

The Gafftopsail catfish belongs to the Ariidae Family. The typical length of an adult gafftopsail catfish is about 43 cm and it has an average weight of 910 g. It has a lifetime of 5 to 8 years. They breed from May to August. It can be fished all year round. The Gafftopsail catfish are blue-grey to dark brown with a light grey belly. Its appearance is typical of a catfish, except for its deeply forked tail and poisonous, serrated spines. It also has a small hump that looks like a wave. The anal fin is white or pale blue a few centimeters from the tail, with 22-28 rays and a high anterior lobe. The pelvic fin is between 15 and 30 cm in front of the caudal fin. The Gafftopsail catfish has maxillary barbells and a pair of barbells on its chin. It resembles the hardheaded catfish, but its backbone has a distinct fleshy extension (such as a ship's fore and aft topsail).

Fishing period : All year

Minimum size : no restriction

Difficulty :

N°4 | The Cubera Snapper

The Cubera snapper belongs to the Lutjanidae family. Its average weight is about 18 kg and reaching a length of 90 cm, the cubera snapper can reach 58 kg and 6 m in length. It can live up to 30 years old. It occurs from June to August. It can be fished all year round. This snapper is slightly different from some of the other members of the Lutjanidae family, because it has an elongated and slender body that is not very deep. It looks like the other lutjanidae by its long pectoral fin and continuous dorsal fin. The caudal fin is quite truncated. The mouth has thick lips and large teeth. These fish are generally grey or dark brown with pale to dark grey sides. There may also be a slight reddish tinge on the body. There is a bluish shade on the anal and ventral fins. The caudal fin is light grey in color while the pectoral fins are translucent or grey. Juveniles have a slightly striped pattern on each side that fades with adulthood.

Fishing period : all year

Minimum size : 31 cm

Difficulty :

N°5 | The Bonnethead shark

The Bonnethead shark belongs to the Sphyrnidae family. Bonnethead sharks are generally about 0.61 to 0.91 m long, with a maximum size of about 50 cm. Its maximum lifespan is about 12 years. It is believed that bonnethead mate in spring and fall, or even all year round. It can be fished all year round depending on the location. The bonnethead shark is a small species of shark with a head in the shape of a spade that characterizes this fish making it easier to identify. The head is flattened, the anterior margin of the head is also rounded between the eyes and the mouth is arched. The front teeth have straight and smooth cutting edges, while the next teeth have oblique cutting edges, the outer teeth of the lower jaw are modified in flat mills. The first dorsal fin slightly throws the posterior at the base of the pectoral fin. The dorsal drift with the rear lobe is well developed. Some specimens are dark brown in the lateral dorsal region, lighter in the ventral region and grey in others.

Fishing period : all year

Minimum size : 60 cm

Difficulty :

N°6 | The Bonefish

The Bonefish belongs to the Albulidae family. The maximum size of the bonefish is 104 cm and the maximum weight is 10 kg. They can live up to 10 years. It breeds from November to May. It can be fished all year round. Many fossil remains, several million years old and dating from the dinosaur era, show that the tarpon has the particularity of having changed very little during its long existence. It can be recognized by its streamlined body covered with large silver scales and its mouth with a prominent lower jaw with many small pointed teeth. These characteristics seem to have inspired the different appellations attributed to it according to its geographical distribution: "Silver King" in America or the "Great Scale" in the West Indies.

Fishing period : All year

Minimum size : no restriction

Difficulty :

N°7 | The Tripletail fish

The Tripletail fish belongs to the Lobotidae family. The tripletail is 89 cm long and weighs 18.6 kg. However, the average weight is between 1 and 7 kg. The Tripletail have a lifespan of about 10 years. They spawn in summer. It can be fished all year round. The tripletail has small scales that extend over the dorsal, caudal and anal fins and a head profile that becomes more concave with age. The tripletail has a compressed and deep body, with a triangular head. The eyes are relatively small and the mouth is large. The bases of the dorsal and anal fins are flaked and the pectoral fins are shorter than the pelvic fins. The tripletail has soft, large and rounded dorsal, caudal and anal fins. This characteristic has given rise to the common name. Juveniles are marbled yellow, brown and black. Lying on the side at the surface of the water, a young tripletail looks like a floating mangrove leaf. Juveniles have white pectoral fins and a white border on the caudal fin. The adult tripletails have a variety of marbled patterns, ranging from dark brown to reddish brown or brown with a shade of grey.

Fishing period : all year round

Minimum size : 45 cm

Difficulty :

N°8 | The Brill fish

The brill fish belongs to the Scophthalmidae family. The minimum size of capture is 30 cm but can reach 75 cm for 6 kg. He can live up to 3 years. It breeds from late spring to early summer. The female can lay up to 15 million eggs. It can be fished all year. The brill has an oval body. It rests on its right side and has its left side. Thus, when placed with the head facing left, both eyes are located above the mouth. Its common name of brill comes from a particularity of its dorsal fin, whose origin is far in front of the eye and whose first rays are free and branched. The distance between the two eyes is greater than the diameter of one eye. The lateral line is very curved at the pectoral fin. As with many flatfish, the coloring is variable and depends on the biotope. The brill is indeed capable of homochromia, i.e. to match the color of the background. The coloring is rather brown, more or less speckled, and also varies according to the environment on a live fish. It has many round spots whose edges are incomplete rings of darker colors. The blind side is whitish.

Fishing period : All year

Minimum size : 30 cm

Difficulty :

N°9 | The Queen Snapper

The Queen Snapper belongs to the Lutjanidae family. It can measure up to 1-meter-long, however, it is rare to cross specimens larger than 60 centimeters. In general, juveniles weight between 5kg and 6kg, which are the most frequent catches. It has a lifespan of 8 years. It reproduces throughout the year. It can be fished all year round. Identifying the queen snapper is not difficult, since even other morwongs do not look like them. Sometimes, however, they can be more silvery than blue. They have yellow lines around the head, a long filament on the pectoral fin and blubbery lips make the snapper distinctly identifiable.

Fishing period : all year round

Minimum size : 30 cm

Difficulty :

N°10 | The Gray Snapper

The Gray Snapper belongs to the Lutjanidae family. The gray snapper is one of the smallest snappers. It rarely exceeds 45 cm and almost always weighs less than 4 kg. The maximum size is 60 cm for 27 kg. It has a lifespan of 27 years. It breeds from April to November. It can be fished all year round. The gray snapper has a relatively slim body, a large mouth and a pointed snout. The anal fin is rounded and the pectoral fins short, without reaching the anal fin. Although the background color of this species may vary, particularly in juveniles, the body and fins of the gray snapper are generally grey to green with a reddish tinge. On the sides of the fish, there are rows of small reddish to orange spots. The median fins are darker than the even fins, often bordered with yellow or white, and the pectoral fins are colorless. The rear edge of the anal fin is rounded. There is no black spot on the side of the body. Young gray snappers have a clearly visible dark band from the snout through the eye and a less visible blue band on the cheek under the eye. They may also sometimes show a lateral pattern of thin pale bars on the body. The fins of juveniles are reddish orange with dark edges.

Fishing period : all year

Minimum size : 31 cm

Difficulty :

N°1 | The Tarpon

The Tarpon belongs to the Megalopidae family. The female tarpon can reach more than 2.5 m in length and weigh nearly 161 kg, the males being generally smaller. Males live longer than 30 years, while females can live longer than 50 years. They breed from May to July. It is generally fished during the spawning season. Externally, the almost vertical silvery sides made of large scales are the most distinctive feature of the tarpon. The tarpon has an upper mouth and the lower mandible extends well beyond the gape. The fins do not contain thorns, but are all made of soft rays. The dorsal fin is high forward and contains 13-15 rays of light, the last ray of which is very elongated into a thick filament. The caudal is deeply forked and the lobes appear to have the same length. The anterior part of the anal fin is deep and triangular. The fin has 22-25 rays, the last ray being elongated again as in the dorsal fin, but shorter and present only in adults. The tarpon has large pelvic fins and long pectoral fins containing 13 to 14 soft rays. The name "silver king" refers to the predominant bright silvery color on the sides and belly of the tarpon. Dorsally, the tarpon usually appears from dark blue to greenish black. However, the color may appear brownish or coppery for individuals living in inland waters. Dorsal and caudal fins have dark edges and often appear dark.

Fishing period : May to July

Minimum size : less than 100 cm

Difficulty :

N°2 | The Blacktip Shark

The Blacktip shark belongs to the Carcharhinidae family. If the maximum height is between 2.50 and 2.80 m, the average is more usually around 1.50 m, for a weight of 120 kg. The life expectancy of the blacktip shark is estimated at 12 years. Mating takes place from spring to early summer. It can be fished all year round. The blacktip shark has a relatively slender body with a long, conical snout. Its back and sides are ash grey; a light horizontal lateral stripe marks this area of the white belly quite slightly and a broad white line is often visible, belonging to the belly, coming from the caudal peduncle and stopping under the dorsal fin. The long nose is flattened dorso-ventrally and appears slightly rounded when viewed from below. The eyes are forward, relatively small. The mouth is wide. The nostrils are thin and you can't see the spiracles. The upper and lower teeth are quite similar, with a broad base and an almost straight point with finely crenellated edges. The pectoral fins are sickle-shaped. The first pointed dorsal fin with a pyramidal profile is inserted just behind the pectoral fins. The second dorsal fin is much smaller, facing the anal fin, of the same size. Just in front of the anal fin is a pair of small pelvic fins. Finally, the caudal fin is heterocercal with a fairly large upper lobe. All fins, except the anal, are bordered with a dark color on the trailing edge or apex, varying in intensity from one individual to another. The lower edge of the pectoral

Fishing period : All year

Minimum size : 1,40 m

Difficulty :

N°3 | The Gafftopsail Catfish

The Gafftopsail catfish belongs to the Ariidae Family. The typical length of an adult gafftopsail catfish is about 43 cm and it has an average weight of 910 g. It has a lifetime of 5 to 8 years. They breed from May to August. It can be fished all year round. The Gafftopsail catfish are blue-grey to dark brown with a light grey belly. Its appearance is typical of a catfish, except for its deeply forked tail and poisonous, serrated spines. It also has a small hump that looks like a wave. The anal fin is white or pale blue a few centimeters from the tail, with 22-28 rays and a high anterior lobe. The pelvic fin is between 15 and 30 cm in front of the caudal fin. The Gafftopsail catfish has maxillary barbells and a pair of barbells on its chin. It resembles the hardheaded catfish, but its backbone has a distinct fleshy extension (such as a ship's fore and aft topsail).

Fishing period : All year

Minimum size : no restriction

Difficulty :

N°4 | The Cubera Snapper

The Cubera snapper belongs to the Lutjanidae family. Its average weight is about 18 kg and reaching a length of 90 cm, the cubera snapper can reach 58 kg and 6 m in length. It can live up to 30 years old. It occurs from June to August. It can be fished all year round. This snapper is slightly different from some of the other members of the Lutjanidae family, because it has an elongated and slender body that is not very deep. It looks like the other lutjanidae by its long pectoral fin and continuous dorsal fin. The caudal fin is quite truncated. The mouth has thick lips and large teeth. These fish are generally grey or dark brown with pale to dark grey sides. There may also be a slight reddish tinge on the body. There is a bluish shade on the anal and ventral fins. The caudal fin is light grey in color while the pectoral fins are translucent or grey. Juveniles have a slightly striped pattern on each side that fades with adulthood.

Fishing period : all year

Minimum size : 31 cm

Difficulty :

N°5 | The Bonnethead shark

The Bonnethead shark belongs to the Sphyrnidae family. Bonnethead sharks are generally about 0.61 to 0.91 m long, with a maximum size of about 50 cm. Its maximum lifespan is about 12 years. It is believed that bonnethead mate in spring and fall, or even all year round. It can be fished all year round depending on the location. The bonnethead shark is a small species of shark with a head in the shape of a spade that characterizes this fish making it easier to identify. The head is flattened, the anterior margin of the head is also rounded between the eyes and the mouth is arched. The front teeth have straight and smooth cutting edges, while the next teeth have oblique cutting edges, the outer teeth of the lower jaw are modified in flat mills. The first dorsal fin slightly throws the posterior at the base of the pectoral fin. The dorsal drift with the rear lobe is well developed. Some specimens are dark brown in the lateral dorsal region, lighter in the ventral region and grey in others.

Fishing period : all year

Minimum size : 60 cm

Difficulty :

N°6 | The Bonefish

The Bonefish belongs to the Albulidae family. The maximum size of the bonefish is 104 cm and the maximum weight is 10 kg. They can live up to 10 years. It breeds from November to May. It can be fished all year round. Many fossil remains, several million years old and dating from the dinosaur era, show that the tarpon has the particularity of having changed very little during its long existence. It can be recognized by its streamlined body covered with large silver scales and its mouth with a prominent lower jaw with many small pointed teeth. These characteristics seem to have inspired the different appellations attributed to it according to its geographical distribution: "Silver King" in America or the "Great Scale" in the West Indies.

Fishing period : All year

Minimum size : no restriction

Difficulty :

N°7 | The Tripletail fish

The Tripletail fish belongs to the Lobotidae family. The tripletail is 89 cm long and weighs 18.6 kg. However, the average weight is between 1 and 7 kg. The Tripletail have a lifespan of about 10 years. They spawn in summer. It can be fished all year round. The tripletail has small scales that extend over the dorsal, caudal and anal fins and a head profile that becomes more concave with age. The tripletail has a compressed and deep body, with a triangular head. The eyes are relatively small and the mouth is large. The bases of the dorsal and anal fins are flaked and the pectoral fins are shorter than the pelvic fins. The tripletail has soft, large and rounded dorsal, caudal and anal fins. This characteristic has given rise to the common name. Juveniles are marbled yellow, brown and black. Lying on the side at the surface of the water, a young tripletail looks like a floating mangrove leaf. Juveniles have white pectoral fins and a white border on the caudal fin. The adult tripletails have a variety of marbled patterns, ranging from dark brown to reddish brown or brown with a shade of grey.

Fishing period : all year round

Minimum size : 45 cm

Difficulty :

N°8 | The Brill fish

The brill fish belongs to the Scophthalmidae family. The minimum size of capture is 30 cm but can reach 75 cm for 6 kg. He can live up to 3 years. It breeds from late spring to early summer. The female can lay up to 15 million eggs. It can be fished all year. The brill has an oval body. It rests on its right side and has its left side. Thus, when placed with the head facing left, both eyes are located above the mouth. Its common name of brill comes from a particularity of its dorsal fin, whose origin is far in front of the eye and whose first rays are free and branched. The distance between the two eyes is greater than the diameter of one eye. The lateral line is very curved at the pectoral fin. As with many flatfish, the coloring is variable and depends on the biotope. The brill is indeed capable of homochromia, i.e. to match the color of the background. The coloring is rather brown, more or less speckled, and also varies according to the environment on a live fish. It has many round spots whose edges are incomplete rings of darker colors. The blind side is whitish.

Fishing period : All year

Minimum size : 30 cm

Difficulty :

N°9 | The Queen Snapper

The Queen Snapper belongs to the Lutjanidae family. It can measure up to 1-meter-long, however, it is rare to cross specimens larger than 60 centimeters. In general, juveniles weight between 5kg and 6kg, which are the most frequent catches. It has a lifespan of 8 years. It reproduces throughout the year. It can be fished all year round. Identifying the queen snapper is not difficult, since even other morwongs do not look like them. Sometimes, however, they can be more silvery than blue. They have yellow lines around the head, a long filament on the pectoral fin and blubbery lips make the snapper distinctly identifiable.

Fishing period : all year round

Minimum size : 30 cm

Difficulty :

N°10 | The Gray Snapper

The Gray Snapper belongs to the Lutjanidae family. The gray snapper is one of the smallest snappers. It rarely exceeds 45 cm and almost always weighs less than 4 kg. The maximum size is 60 cm for 27 kg. It has a lifespan of 27 years. It breeds from April to November. It can be fished all year round. The gray snapper has a relatively slim body, a large mouth and a pointed snout. The anal fin is rounded and the pectoral fins short, without reaching the anal fin. Although the background color of this species may vary, particularly in juveniles, the body and fins of the gray snapper are generally grey to green with a reddish tinge. On the sides of the fish, there are rows of small reddish to orange spots. The median fins are darker than the even fins, often bordered with yellow or white, and the pectoral fins are colorless. The rear edge of the anal fin is rounded. There is no black spot on the side of the body. Young gray snappers have a clearly visible dark band from the snout through the eye and a less visible blue band on the cheek under the eye. They may also sometimes show a lateral pattern of thin pale bars on the body. The fins of juveniles are reddish orange with dark edges.

Fishing period : all year

Minimum size : 31 cm

Difficulty :

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