Marathon Backcountry

Heading to marathon in 2 weeks, just looking for some basic info on fishing the backcountry. How far does one have to go from shore to find good kings/snapper/ a stray cobia maybe? On Navionics it looks like there are some wrecks 3 to 7 miles out but these are all in about 10 FOW or less. Is this where folks do some damage? Seems like it'd be quite the haul to find anything deeper than 20ft. 

Also, there doesn't appear to be any depth contour or natural structure within 10 miles from sure. If it's not wrecks you're fishing, what do you look for to hold fish on what appears to be an empty, expansive flat? 

I've only ever fished the reef so I thought this trip might be a good opportunity to try some exploring!

Appreciate any help as always!

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  • CooperchaserCooperchaser Posts: 30 Greenhorn
    We fish the white spots around the marked banks. Not always close to the banks but usually within 1-2 miles. Usually try to anchor up in water 1-2’ shallower than surrounding. Setup upstream of a white spot and chum. We are there in early summer so usually just mangos and an occasional red grouper. I’m from Indianapolis so you will get better advice from locals but this works for us on our trips every other year or so. 
  • mikegoblue2002mikegoblue2002 Posts: 38 Greenhorn
    thank you!
  • piner_wahoopiner_wahoo Posts: 3,325 Captain
    to get big kings, cobes, jumbo cero, etc. a LOOONG way as there is  MUCH DESTRUCTION of SEAGRASS way out. try trailering to lower keys and fish the reefs, etc. knowing what tides, bait , rigs ,etc.  is of paramount importance. i have seen boats next 2 m get disgusted and leave only to have 7 cobia roll by right after the tides switch that they should have waited for. i have this dialed in trust me on this one.
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  • piner_wahoopiner_wahoo Posts: 3,325 Captain
    p-emmed u
    28' SEA VEE BRAND NEW 200 SUZUKI's- LIVE BAIT OFFSHORE WRECKS DEEP DROP REEFS BACKCOUNTRY
    CUSTOM CHARTERS u pick the boat- Capt.Harlan Trammell
    American Allegiance Charters -LOWER KEYS BACKCOUNTRY FISHING,LOBSTER dives, fish the 33' WORLDCAT w/ AOK+Allegiance!
    your boat or mine, my spots+my gear, your fish.
    305.394.7400
    BIG WAHOO
    checkout our new website- http://www.american-allegiance-charters.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/American-Allegiance-Charters/708182519302079[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • mikegoblue2002mikegoblue2002 Posts: 38 Greenhorn
    Thanks Harlan! Might be giving you a call in a week or so!
  • piner_wahoopiner_wahoo Posts: 3,325 Captain
    hope  2 hear from u soon!
    28' SEA VEE BRAND NEW 200 SUZUKI's- LIVE BAIT OFFSHORE WRECKS DEEP DROP REEFS BACKCOUNTRY
    CUSTOM CHARTERS u pick the boat- Capt.Harlan Trammell
    American Allegiance Charters -LOWER KEYS BACKCOUNTRY FISHING,LOBSTER dives, fish the 33' WORLDCAT w/ AOK+Allegiance!
    your boat or mine, my spots+my gear, your fish.
    305.394.7400
    BIG WAHOO
    checkout our new website- http://www.american-allegiance-charters.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/American-Allegiance-Charters/708182519302079[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
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