Thank you to all of our guests, fans and followers for your outpouring of support following Hurricane Irma. We are pleased to report that all of our staff is safe as everyone (including our beloved dolphins) was evacuated before the storm. The Hawks Cay team is busy assessing the impacts on the Resort from Hurricane Irma so we can provide an update on our reopening date.

We sincerely apologize to those of you with upcoming reservations. Please know that all cancellation policies will be waived at this time. We just ask for your patience while we process any deposit refunds. We know it’s disappointing to have to cancel a vacation, but we hope that you’ll reschedule when we reopen to experience the new and improved Hawks Cay Resort.

Thank you for your patience and support at this time.

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Light Tackle Fishing

Florida Keys light tackle fishing combines the best of both offshore and inshore fishing experiences.

Light tackle trips journey into the Atlantic Ocean to fish the reef for snapper, grouper, sailfish, and more; or will venture beyond the reef to pursue large game fish such as dolphin (mahi mahi), wahoo, tuna and marlin.

Hawks Cay light tackle charters can also pursue mangrove snapper, goliath grouper, sharks and more in the calm waters of Florida Bay. Snook, permit and bonefish can be caught in the shallow, large cobia stalk the deep Gulf wrecks and tarpon abound at the local bridges and channels.

Light tackle fishing is ideal for beginners who have never experiences the thrill of saltwater fishing before and for advanced anglers looking to feel the drag-screaming power of fighting a fat grouper or hundred-pound tarpon on light spinning gear.

Hawks Cay Resort is proud to offer guests the opportunity to fish with the very best Florida Keys light tackle guides, who will tailor your trip to target the species you wish to catch.

Light tackle vessels range from economical bay boats to larger center consoles, and can accommodate anywhere from two to four anglers.


Just a few of the light tackle species you will catch in the Florida Keys:


Common from 40 to 50 pounds, big fish of 100 to 150 pounds in some areas. Recent Florida record 243 pound. Best February through June.


Most catches 3 to 15 pounds. 16- to 30-pounders also common. Recent Florida record 33 pounds, 3 ounces. Best in spring and summer.

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Most caught from 20 to 50 pounds. Recent Florida record 77 pounds, 12 ounces. Caught year 'round.

Atlantic Sailfish

Common at 30-60 pounds. Recent Florida record 116 pounds, 10 ounces. Best March through May.

Yellow Tail Snapper

Black Grouper