Afternoon Bliss April 7, 2012
Sunshine lights up the slips along the Villa side of Hawks Cay Marina providing the perfect glow to end a day in paradise. Many of our boaters both transient and longterm enjoy docking near villas where their land-loving friends can share the laid back marina experience with them. And it puts everyone close to Toms Harbor House for casual dining and to the Dockside Store and our full service Scuba Shop Dive Duck Key for supplies. Of course you'll also get a great view of Sundance Watersports, especially the Jet Lev experience, and of our entire fleet of Backcountry and Offshore Charter Fishing boats. Not a bad way to wind down at the end of your day.
APRIL FISHING REPORT BY MANAGING DIRECTOR, SHELDON SUGA April 3, 2012
April—what a great time to be in the Florida Keys, especially if you love to fish. At the reef and offshore in the blue water, you can catch just about anything. Snapper, grouper, sailfish, mahi mahi, tuna, wahoo, cobia—you name it, and there’s a chance you’ll find one on the end of your line.
But what April is most famous for is the spring tarpon run. Dating back to the early 1900s, anglers have flocked to the Keys this time of year to battle fishing’s ultimate prize, the big silver king. Teddy Roosevelt, Ted Williams, Ernest Hemingway and Zane Grey, just to name a few—all had a deep passion for Florida Keys tarpon fishing.
If you’ve never fished for tarpon, it’s something you have to try. Hawks Cay Resort is just seconds by boat from some of the best tarpon grounds in the world, and we have a collection of the best guides in the Keys at Hawks Cay Marina ready to put you on the fish. Give it a shot, and I guarantee you’ll be hooked!
Until next time, tight lines and good fishing… Sheldon
High Octane Swordfishing March 30, 2012
Jacob Johnson, with help for the rest of the family, boated a huge Swordfish on his family's boat Octane docked at Hawks Cay Marina. Jacob fought the beast for over 3 hours after hooking up around 3:30 in the afternoon on March 28.
The fish topped the scales a bit over 381 pounds and was the entertainment of the night for guests still dining at Toms Harbor House when Octane hit the docks around 9:30 after the run in from the daytime Swordfish areas about 35 miles offshore of Duck Key. Congratulations to Jacob and the Octane family and crew!
MARCH FISHING REPORT BY MANAGING DIRECTOR, SHELDON SUGA March 8, 2012
Greetings anglers! I hope you’re enjoying your stay in the Florida Keys. The fishing has been excellent, and we’re catching a variety of trophy species on both sides of the islands. Inshore, the warm weather has really brought the flats and backcountry to life, with good numbers of permit being caught on the Gulf flats, as well as bonefish, redfish, sharks, and more. We’re also starting to see a push of big tarpon working their way into our local waters, indicating that this could be a fantastic Florida Keys tarpon season! Offshore, our captains are catching dolphin (mahi mahi), tasty blackfin tuna (it’s sushi time), and wahoo. And there were a couple of blue marlin caught just beyond the reef this past week! Closer to home, the yellowtail snapper bite continues to be good, and the cobia fishing has been fantastic. Last week I had the pleasure of fishing with Captain Rich Tudor of the popular Saltwater Experience fishing show filmed right here out of Hawks Cay Marina. Rich took me fly fishing for kingfish, and it was quite the experience. For anyone who’s caught big smoker kings you know how fun they are to catch on light tackle, let alone on a fly rod. By the way, we call them “smokers” because they leave your reel smoking as they pull line off your reel with their powerful runs—and because they taste great smoked. It was a lot of fun, and great practice for when the big silver kings arrive! Until next time, tight lines and good fishing… Sheldon
Stranded in Paradise-waiting out the Weather March 7, 2012
Many boaters have extended their stays to wait out the unusually windy conditions this week, and a few others have pulled in to get out of the heavy seas. We like to say if "you're going to get stuck somewhere, there's no better place to be than Hawks Cay Resort and Marina". You can relax by the pools-we have 5 including our Kids Pirate Ship Pool, so it's always possible to find one in the lee! You can treat yourself to the Calm Waters Spa. Our Indies Club adds extra indoor activities for your youngsters. Try a Segway tour on land with Sundance Watersports, do a Pool Session with Dive Duck Key, or rent a Bike from the Indies Club and tour Duck Key. Or just indulge in a Tropical Cocktail and loll away the day.
Seeing Red March 4, 2012
Marina Director Rob Rhea shows off a nice Redfish caught from the Soc Et Tu Um with Capt. Bill Whitney this week. The unusually mild winter has brought some early spring-like action to the fishing area of the Middle Florida Keys this year. We're already having some Tarpon action and some large schools of Permit have been spotted in the bay. Add that to Sharks, Jacks, Trout, Redfish and more and you have quite a smorgasbord! While Mahi Mahi have not yet shown up in predictable numbers, our Reef and Offshore boats have had some nice Wahoo catches mixed in with the remaining Kingfish and occasional Sailfish releases. And if you've ever fished the Cobia that follow Eagle Rays in Hawk Channel, you know what a blast the guys are having introducing anglers to the Cobia catch. It's a real spring and late winter mix fishing the Florida Keys out of Hawks Cay Marina this month.
LEAP DAY AT HAWKS CAY MARINA February 29, 2012
WOW-Talk about leaping into leap day. Check out the Jet Lev at Hawks Cay Resort and Marina!You only get to celebrate leap day every 4 years-you might as well do something really special at the best Resort and Marina in the Middle Florida Keys!
Another Picture Perfect Day February 24, 2012
Dusk settles in after another perfect day of Middle Keys weather at Hawks Cay Marina. Boaters wind down after experiencing the wide variety of actitivites or indulging in pure relaxation at our beautiful 60 acre tropical resort.
DOG DAYS OF WINTER February 21, 2012
The weather in the Middle Florida Keys has been so warm and beautiful that local favorite Bubba-Dog had to take a cooling dip before stopping by Hawks Cay Marina to pick up his day's boating supplies. How's the weather where you are? "Wish you were here!"
President's Weekend on the Docks February 18, 2012
No matter which way you look at it, this morning was a beauty for the boaters spending the Holiday Weekend at Hawks Cay Marina. Marina and Resort guests enjoyed Down on the Docks festivities yesterday and look forward to more of the same this afternoon. Lucky Ducks will also invade the boat channel as part of our Relay for Life event today, so the waterways are active at the best Resort Marina in the Keys today!
Randall Reilly Anglers Raid the Reef! February 13, 2012
A large group of eager anglers from Randall Reilly Media headed out for a great afternoon of reef fishing on February 9. We were thrilled to host this group as they once again fished the Florida Keys on their annual trip to Hawks Cay Resort and Marina.
Catch and Release February 6, 2012
Just because Snook need to be released right now in the Florida Keys, doesn't mean you can't have a little fun catching them! Eric hooked into this 37 incher weighing 15 pounds while out on the Tarpon Time and released it so it can add to the future fun of fishing in the backcountry waters of the Florida Keys.
What to do on a day off in the Florida Keys January 31, 2012
What do you do on your day off if you work at the best Resort and Marina in the Florida Keys? Managers Rob Rhea and Dan Puglisi go fishing! Check out the catch aboard Eagle Eye Jan 29 out of Hawks Cay Marina.
We're gonna need a bigger boat! January 29, 2012
The truth is, you don't necessarily have to be on a big boat to catch a big fish. Capt Jeff is about to release this shark caught on the Tarpon Time Backcountry skiff so the shark can live to fight another day. Just another day of excitement fishing the Florida Keys out of Hawks Cay Marina.
More boaters out of Marco Island January 28, 2012
Diana III, Rebecca Ann, Door Prize and Escape are finishing off a 3 night stay at Hawks Cay Marina. They are joined by the owner of Revere who is staying in the resort since his boat was unable to make the journey. We are delighted to share both the resort and marina with our nautical friends from the Marco Island area.
Cats Cruise the Keys January 24, 2012
Custom Catamaran Sunrise takes advantage of the wide slip that has welcomed both Sailing Cats and Power Cats into Hawks Cay Marina recently. Whether you're cruising the Middle Florida Keys in a cat, a trawler, a sportfish, or any other yacht, you'll want to boat into Hawks Cay Marina to enjoy the resort marina experience!
Towers of Fishing Fun January 24, 2012
Whether you stay aboard your own sportfish in Hawks Cay Resort's main marina, trailer a boat into our small boat basin while you stay in the resort, or charter from the finest fishing fleet in the Florida Keys, you'll have Towers of Fun fishing the Florida Keys from Hawks Cay Marina!
Hawks Cay Marina Welcomes Marco Bay Yacht Club January 17, 2012
Conditions were a bit breezy when the group headed our way from their stay on the east coast yesterday, so they came through Biscayne Bay and took the inside route to the Channel Five Bridge before crossing into oceanside to make their approach to our channel entrance. Cruise leader Brent Cook kept us in the loop all day, and the group arrived mid afternoon January 16 for a well deserved 2 night visit to Hawks Cay Resort and Marina. Welcome to our boating friends from Marco Bay!
Great Fishing on the Snapshot January 7, 2012
Chris Wolfe's party found out what fishing the Florida Keys is all about when they headed out for a morning on the Snapshot January 6th. They released a Sailfish and caught a rack of Mahi-Mahi all close enough in to catch on a half day-You never know what is waiting for you when you leave the docks of Hawks Cay Marina with any of our charter fleet, but you always know you will have a great fishing adventure!
New Year's Day Fishing Aboard Snapshot January 3, 2012
Check out how Dylan Wall spent his New Year's Day aboard charter boat Snapshot! Congratulations on a super Swordfish, Dylan!