Best of Marathon: Coco Plum Beach

Coco Plum Beach

Ah, the beach. Sandy shores, waves, and sun. The beach is a place to watch the ocean come and go, hear the waves quiet rushing, feel the sand between your toes and smell the salty wind.

And that’s why we recommend Coco Plum Beach.


In the Keys, sand is not a common find. Most beaches available in Marathon, and the Keys in general, are small and not suitable for long walks. Most of the islands there are composed of solid coral rock, so this natural beach is a lovely and rare exception.

Coco Plum Beach is a perfect place to take a long walk, read a book, or even search for shells.

You can also wind surf, relax under one of the shaded tiki huts or simply soak up some sun. The beach extends over a mile past the public entrance and eventually stops at a little inlet next to the private property line. The distance allows for a great place to bring your dog to run alongside you, and since they are a dog-friendly beach, they even provide clean-up baggies for your convenience.

If you look out to Hawk Channel on your long walk, you can see a gorgeous view of water color variations that are especially enhanced when the tide is out.

We recommend the Coco Plum Beach. Read what others say about it here.

Ready to plan your vacation? Start here!

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Florida Keys Fishing: Vacation Checklist

1464852_10201171929155725_154559297_nOkay, so we know why you vacation in the Florida Keys.

The fishing is awesome.

And we totally get that.
In fact, check out our fishing charters for the Best of Marathon Fishing.

But while you’re here, take some time to relax and enjoy the laid back Keys’ culture, attractions, restaurants and marinas. Here are some of our favorites.


Sea Turtle!

The Turtle Hospital
The Turtle Hospital is ranked as the #1 attraction in Marathon, FL, according to see the world’s only licensed veterinary hospital dedicated to the treatment of sea turtles. This one is a must-see for adults and kiddos alike.

Dolphin Research Center
Winner of the Certificate of Excellence 2014 award! Swimming with dolphins is the quintessential vacation thrill, and it should be a requirement for every trip to the Keys! The Dolphin Research Center has received great reviews for its “friendly and informative staff” and the overall experience. If you visit before December 19th come by and take some Holiday Photos with a Dolphin at Dolphin Research Center. It’s a great place to learn about this fascinating mammal of the sea.

Key Largo Coral Reef

Scuba Diving

Ready to learn how to scuba dive? The United States’ only living coral barrier reef lies a few miles offshore. See  Delta Shoals, Coffin Patch and Sombrero Reef teem with life and gorgeous coral formations. It’s an easy dive and the scenery is unique.

Another fascinating dive is the Thunderbolt wreck. The ship was intentionally sunk in the Florida Straits in 1986. It now flourishes with life as it becomes part of the underwater landscape.

Spa and Salon

Calm Waters

Calm Waters Spa at Hawks Cay Resort in Marathon is among the region’s leading health spas and resorts. Enjoy the salt air and tropical fruits as the spa pampers you with massages, body treatments, facials, and fine salon care. They even have specials for teenagers!

Bait shops and Marinas

No matter what, we know you’ll be fishing, right? So be sure to stop by The Tackle Box in Marathon for (as they put it) “…the right fishing tackle plus advice from locals who fish these waters everyday.”

Keys Fisheries Market and Marina
Get the best in local seafood here, like the excellent Lobster Reuben or Stone Crab Chowder. They are also a full-service marina and local store for that last minute shopping!

Need help planning it all?

We’re here to help. Wherever you go in Marathon, we’re certain your trip will be worth it. It’s a beautiful place to live, work and play all year round. So get out of the rat race, and come enjoy the Marathon we know and love. Click here to plan your trip.

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New Tournament Boat for Silent Hunter Fishing Charters

New Tournament BoatWhat happens when world-class fishermen get themselves a new world class boat?

Terrify the competition, of course!

The new SeaVee Sport Fishing boat is perfect for taking out select charter groups. That is, when it’s not bringing in more tournament wins.

In the last year, Silent Hunter has broken records – like the 50 SailFish Captain BJ Meyer caught and released in the International Sailfish Tournament.

They’ve also placed high in the rankings of several competitions like the Mahi Tournament where Silent Hunter team took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places!

How about 1st and 2nd place at the Florida Ladies Tarpon Tournament?

It’s just another sign that Silent Hunter is one of the best fishing charters in the Florida Keys.

Want to join the winning team? Book a charter with Silent Hunter today.
Call the Captain at 305.896.6342

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Florida Keys Fishing: Captain’s Catch

Captain Joe

Captain Joe

After a great week of helping other people catch an awesome haul of fish, the Captain likes to get out and reel in a big one himself.

Captain Joe Constantine poses here with a gorgeous Queen Snapper.

Come on down this fall and let Silent Hunter show you where the fish are.

We live to fish down here in the Keys!

Call the Captain at 305.896.6342.

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Florida Keys: Fishing for Cobia



Powerful and fast, the Cobia is one of the most sought after game fish to catch in the Florida Keys.

Hook a Cobia and a fight ensues, sometimes catching the fisherman unaware!

After lots of line screams from the reel and the fisherman clings to the rod for dear life, the fight continues.

Even after gaffing the fish and getting it into the boat.

Ready to plan your fall fishing trip? Call the Captain at 305.896.6342

Dark brown in color with a prominent lateral stripe that runs from eye to tail, these fish usually range from 20-40 pounds when caught.

The largest Cobia ever caught in Florida weighed in at 104 lbs!

Like the Mahimahi, Cobia have a firm, white meat, making it excellent for grilling, broiling or deep frying.

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Florida Keys: Fishing for Grouper



Grouper feed on the bottom around reefs, rocks and shipwrecks of the coastal waters in and around the Florida Keys.

As for the catch itself, Grouper put up a hard fight soon as they swallow the hook, and dive into the nearest structure.

The battle that ensues is always awesome and something to brag about later.

Plan on coming down this fall to get you some! Call the Captain at 305.896.6342!

In addition to fight to bring them in, the Grouper makes for a great meal. A sweet-tasting, firm, white-meat fish that makes a great saute, grill, or bake!

Goliath Grouper

Goliath Grouper

No. You can’t catch this one. Goliath Grouper are totally protected from harvest along the coast.

Although it would be some real fun trying to get it into the boat!

Plan your next fishing trip here!

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Florida Keys: Marathon Weather and Fishing

Marathon is ready. Are you?

Marathon is ready. Are you?

Florida Keys fishing is some of the best fishing in the world, and records have been set to prove it!

The lower Florida Keys are some of the sunniest and warmest places in the United States year round.

Our climate in the winter maintains at around 75-80 degrees with warmer days mixed in.

Tired of your weather?
Schedule a trip down here with Silent Hunter!

In the Gulfstream offshore of Marathon, the “Marathon Hump” rises from a depth of 1,150 feet to a mound of 480 feet.

Marathon, FL

Marathon, FL

It is located almost exactly in the middle of the Gulf Stream where the current runs the

Large eddy currents form from the constant easterly flow of the Gulf stream, forcing bait to the surface.

The bait draws larger fish which draws even larger fish and so on.

Ready to go fishing in the Keys? Call the Captain at 305.896.6342

On a good day, hundreds if not thousands of terns will be feeding over schooling Black Fin Tuna and Dolphin crashing bait.

The feeding frenzy in turn attracts large numbers of sea birds and is a perfect way to find the fish like shark, white and blue marlin, amberjack, and black fin tuna.

Feeding Frenzy over the waters of the hump

Feeding Frenzy

In addition to the hump, the Gulf side of Marathon produces excellent game fishing because, unlike the rest of the Keys, the Gulf side, right on the other side of the Seven Mile Bridge, is deep with fewer flats and small islands.

So, when it’s too rough offshore, you can move over to the Gulf side and fish in much calmer water.

Whenever the weather in the north gets you down(and everything in the USA is north of here!), come enjoy the tropical paradise that is Marathon, and stop by for a day of fishing with Silent Hunter.

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Fishing Video – The Hunt

Ryan Sinclair Video – Click Here to Watch

Watch this awesome video of fishing with Silent Hunter. At the end is a clip of a barracuda going after a bonita! Thanks to Ryan Sinclair who video’d part of a hunt with us. You rock, man!

Want an adventure as awesome as this guy’s? Call the Captain at 305.896.6342

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Florida Keys Fishing: Catch Your Own Sea Monster!

Swordfish and MahiIt’s Swordfish month in the Keys!

We’ve been pulling Swordfish out of the water day in and day out down here in Marathon, FL! Take a look at the size of these monsters.

Swordfish are vigorous, powerful fighters, and have been known to dive so quickly when hooked that they have impaled their swords into the ocean bottom up to their eyes.

Contrary to popular belief, their “sword” is not used to spear, but rather slash at its prey to make for an easier catch.

Call Silent Hunter today to plan your Swordfishing Trip!

Fishermen have learned to find them feeding on the surface at night. But having a sturdy rod is a must as they commonly reach 10 feet in length with a maximum reported length of 15 feet and a weight of 1,400 lbs!

Ready to catch your own sea monster? Find out more!

SwordfishingSwordfish is a particularly popular fish for cooking, and their meat is usually sold as steaks, which are often grilled.

Since Swordfish meat is relatively firm, and can be cooked in ways more fragile types of fish cannot such as over a grill on skewers.

We highly recommend it for dinner on the grill after a long day of fishing!

Go Swordfishing with Silent Hunter.
Call the Captain at 305.896.6432.

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Grilling Fish: Ginger Glaze and 3 Easy Ways

Glazed Mahi

Marinated and Glazed Mahi

Good fish is all you will bring to the docks with Silent Hunter, so getting a tasty dish to the table is simple.

Whether you grill your fish right after the catch or after you get home, all you need are a few quick ideas to make it awesome!

Want to catch dinner with Silent Hunter?
Call the Captain at 305.896.6342.

Ginger Marinade and Glaze

•3 tablespoons honey
•3 tablespoons soy sauce
•3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
•1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger root
•1 clove garlic, crushed or to taste
•2 teaspoons olive oil
•4 (6 ounce) mahi mahi fillets
• salt and pepper to taste

1. Add honey, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, ginger, garlic and olive oil to a large plastic zipper bag.
2. Season fish fillets with salt and pepper, and place them in the bag.
3. Refrigerate for 20 minutes to marinate. Ready to go fishing?
4. Reserve marinade.
5. Grill the Mahi for 4-6 minutes on each side – turning only once.
6. Cook reserved marinade until reduced by half (or to a glaze consistency).
7. Serve the fish on a platter with the glaze poured over the fish.

3 More Easy Ways to Prepare Fish for the Grill

Lemon Juice

Lemon Juice

1. Lemon Juice – The simplest way to prepare fish is to brush the grill and both sides of the fish with oil.

Season both sides with salt and pepper and grill or broil
– turning once – until opaque in the middle.

Squeeze lemon juice over the top just before serving!



2. Mayonnaise – One of the quickest tricks to grilling fish is a simple coat of mayonnaise. This adds flavor and seals in the juices!

Grill a few minutes on each side, and season to taste.

Call Silent Hunter at 305.896.6342 to plan your fish hunt!

Ingredients for Marinade

Ingredients for Marinade

3. Italian Dressing – Bottled or prepared fresh, this combination of oil, vinegar, herbs and spices offers well blended flavor with herbs, garlic, pepper, and heat.

The oil coats the fish, keeping it moist during cooking while the acid in the vinegar counteracts some of the sweetness in the fish.

Happy Grilling!

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