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fishing charters at Hawks Cay
Fishing charters

Saltwater Experience

Florida Keys fly fishing is the ultimate angler experience. Nothing compares to making the perfect cast under pressure, and watching a trophy Permit, Bonefish, or Tarpon engulf your fly as it races across the shallows with your drag screaming to life. It’s a moment you will never forget, and something every fisherman needs to experience in his or her lifetime.

Captain Anthony Vargas

As Florida Keys fishing guide with Saltwater Experience, Captain Anthony Vargas cherishes each day he gets to spend on the water with his customers. Whether you’re a junkie for fly, or prefer to use spinning gear, Captain Anthony Vargas will fish the flats or backcountry for whatever species you wish to target. You can even journey out to the reef or drop on the deep wrecks if you want to target Snapper or Grouper to bring back for dinner.

Saltwater Experience Captain Anthony Vargas knows that fishing in the Florida Keys isn’t something you get to do every day. That’s why he will give you his best each trip to put you on your fish of a lifetime. Just stop by the boats, located at Hawks Cay Marina on the beautiful island of Duck Key.

About the Boat

Saltwater Experience is the ideal Florida Keys fishing boat. The versatile 24’ Yellowfin hull, combined with a lightning-fast 300 HP Mercury Verado engine, allows you to fish just about anywhere—and it gets you there fast!

Saltwater Experience drafts only 14'' of water fully loaded down, which allows you to get up on the deeper parts of the flats to chase Bonefish and Permit. At the same time, the hull design offers great stability and a comfortable ride on a long run to the Everglades or a deep Gulf wreck.

Because of the size, the boat is not poled on the flats, but is instead powered by a trolling motor to silently sneak up on spooky fish in the shallows.  The large casting deck makes it possible to fish up to four anglers, and offers plenty of room for the saltwater fly angler to cast to our trophy game fish.

Saltwater Experience is outfitted with top-of-the line electronics and both fly and spin fishing gear.  The boat is also equipped with dual Power Poles and two tournament live wells to keep the bait healthy for long days on the water.  There is plenty of dry storage to keep all of your belongings safe and dry even in the wettest conditions.

"Let us help you plan your trip! Enjoy a stay at Hawks Cay Resort and your fishing adventure will be just steps from your door."

(877) 423-6403



OUR SPECIALTIES

Bonefish

fishing

back country/flats fishing

Common from three to five pounds, the current Florida record bonefish was 16.19 lbs caught locally in Islamorada. Bonefish season is March through October, best August through October.

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Snook

fishing

back country/flats fishing

Snook fishing is a Florida Keys specialty. Most catches are 3 to 15 lbs, 16 to 30-pounders are also common. The current Florida record is 45.75 pounds. Snook fishing is best in spring and summer.

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Tarpon

fishing

back country/flats fishing

Common from 40 to 50 pounds, big fish of 100 to 150 pounds aren't uncommon in our waters. Recent Florida record 243 pounds. Best February through June. Renowned for their challenging fight and jump.

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CHARTER RATES

Saltwater Experience—Half Day

Availability: Call for Availability

Rates: $650 (1-2 Anglers), $800 (3 Anglers), $800 (4 Anglers)

Requirements & Restrictions: Call for more information.

Saltwater Experience—Full Day

Availability: Call for Availability

Rates: $1100 (1-2 Anglers), $1100 (3 Anglers), $1100 (4 Anglers)

Requirements & Restrictions: Call for more information.