Fishing charters in Duck Key
Fishing charters

Tarpon Time

Captain Jeff Malone

Hello, I’m Captain Jeff Malone, and welcome aboard the Tarpon Time at Hawks Cay Resort. As my boat name suggests, I have a tremendous passion for catching fishing’s greatest prize–large Florida Keys Tarpon. In all my years of fishing in the Keys, I’ve discovered that few thrills compare to making the perfect cast, then watching anxiously as a 100-pound Tarpon engulfs your fly or bait and begins his drag-screaming run and high-flying acrobatics.

In addition to Tarpon fishing, I offer a variety of styles of fishing using both fly and spinning tackle. One of my favorite activities is taking the kids out to bend the rod on Snapper, Jacks and Barracudas, and to help them get better acquainted with the basic saltwater fishing techniques in the process. I also love the challenge of stalking the flats for Bonefish and Permit, and running into the backcountry waters of Florida Bay to catch Snook, Redfish, Speckled Trout, Sharks and more.

Whether it’s time to catch a Tarpon, or you wish to target one of the other many challenging inshore game fish that we offer here in the Keys, I am honored to have you as my guests aboard the Tarpon Time and look forward to sharing with you the ultimate Florida Keys shallow water fishing experience.

About the Boat

The Tarpon Time is a 21-ft Egret Moccasin with a 175hp 4 stroke Suzuki engine. It is a great boat for fishing in skinny water and anchoring up around bridges and in Florida Bay. It is fast, comfortable and stable, and because it rocks very little you never need worry about getting seasick.

The Tarpon Time has a poling platform, ample bow space to make your casts, and is equipped with first-class fly and spinning tackle and gear.

Florida Keys fishing charters specializing in Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit, Snook, Redfish and more. Tarpon Time is also great for kids!

"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."

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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

Tarpon Time—Half Day

Availability: Call for Availability

Rates: $600 (1-2 Anglers), $700 (3 Anglers), $700 (4 Anglers)

Requirements & Restrictions: Call for more information.

Tarpon Time—Full Day

Availability: Call for Availability

Rates: $1000 (1-2 Anglers), $1000 (3 Anglers), $1000 (4 Anglers)

Requirements & Restrictions: Call for more information.

Tarpon Time—4 Hour Live Bait Tarpon

Availability: Call for Availability

Rates: $600 (1-2 Anglers), $700 (3 Anglers), $700 (4 Anglers)

Requirements & Restrictions: In Season. Tarpon season is very popular! To allow more anglers to take advantage of tarpon and other spring backcountry species, our backcountry guides offer three four hour trips daily in spring and early summer.