I will be in Marathon from June 28-July 12 with my wife and 3 kids (15, 12, 10) and will be renting a 22' CC. I have been there several times in April and have done fairly well chumming on the reef and hitting Sprigger Bank or the Steel Pile on the Bay side when the wind kicks up but have never been there mid summer. From my research on the forum, it sounds like the reef fishing will be fairly similar with the exception of a night bite for the spawning Mangos (our rental agreement wont allow us to night fish :nono). My question would be what to expect on the Bay side at that time of year. My plan will be to fish the reef as much as possible but need a back up plan for when the wind blows. We are staying on an ocean side canal near Vaca cut. Since I am fishing with my kids, I am not real concerned what type of fish we catch, just something to put a good bend in the rod.
My rod and my reel, they comfort me..... St. Pete:12# Test