John has been in the Lionfish Community and hunting lionfish since early 2000’s!
The Castaway was originally built in 1951 and known for many years as a place to get beer and shrimp steamed in beer. After all, in 1951 there were many shrimp boats parked a stones throw from the restaurant and if you never met a shrimper, the you probably don’t know it but them boys can drink some beer.
In 1999 John sailed into Marathon, Florida ending a voyage that began in Los Angeles. He bought the restaurant and began a new adventure, oh yeah, he also quit his job, sailed the boat and moved to the fabulous Florida Keys.
Now decades later The Castaway is busy again but with an expanded menu featuring all the S’s. Seafood, Steaks, Sushi, and of course Spirits and as of today now serving 32 BEERS ON TAP. Seating is indoor and outdoor on the water and service includes breakfast, lunch and dinner 5 days a week.
If you are hungry, or thirsty or want to talk to a Captain about fishing, stop in and see us. We are located at MM48, at the end of 15th St, Oceanside in Marathon. Reservations are always accepted.
What do you like about lionfish hunting?
I get to save the reefs and feed them to my customers. Its a great teaching moment for diners knowing they are helping to save the reefs! The thrill of finding and removing them is different every time!
What do you like about the lionfish community?
It is jam packed with great people who all share the same goal – protect our reefs and the fish that inhabit them.