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Fishing in the Florida Keys

Fishermen are drawn to the blue water reefs and the promise of legendary record breaking fish to be found off the coast of the Florida Keys.  Consistently ranked in the Top 10 lists of Best Places for Deep Sea Fishing, the Keys reputation as a fishing mecca is well deserved.  Around here, professional anglers and recreational fishermen alike catch their limits fishing the flats, back country, inlets and ocean all year long.

In the Florida Keys, fishing isn’t something we do, it’s how we live.  You’d be hard pressed to find a more fishing focused place to vacation than Hawks Cay Resort. If fishing’s your thing, you can wake up in the morning and head out on a Live2Fish board to reel in a few or take off for the deep water to spend the day - and maybe the night - fighting the big ones.  Or you can drift through the back country throwing out a line for bonefish, or wade out from the shore for some coastal fly casting.  You can charter a boat or slip into our marina with your own craft.  Whatever your fishing style, guaranteed, it’s happening at Hawks Cay Resort 365 days of the year.  

Florida’s Fishing Capital

The year round tropical weather makes the Florida Keys a fisherman’s paradise. The unique arrangement of limestone islands serves as a gateway to the Dry Tortugas and puts anglers right in the heart of epic fishing grounds.   Duck Key, home to Hawks Cay Resort and Marina is right in the middle of this fishing mecca.  On one side, you’ve got Florida Bay, known as the Backcountry, where anglers cast a line for some of the most sought-after game fish around, including Tarpon, Redfish, Bonefish, Permit and Snook.  Go out a bit and you’re in the Gulf of Mexico or head out to the East and you’re fishing the Atlantic Ocean where the Big Game Fish like Marlin, Sailfish and Swordfish can be found. Unique to the Keys is daytime swordfishing which is a relatively new technique explained in Saltwater Sportman.  Going after a Swordfish is a challenge for the most avid anglers. The most commonly caught fish in the Florida Keys are Yellowtail Snapper and Mutton Snapper on the reef. Grouper and Amberjacks on reef and wrecks. Offshore Mahi and Blackfin Tuna. In the Backcountry and Bay the catch a release fish are Redfish, Permit, Mangrove Snapper and Bonefish.

Our Reputation as one of the Best Places for Deep Sea Fishing is well earned

Deep sea fishing in the Florida Keys is legendary for good reason. The Florida record Marlin weighed in at 1046 pounds! Virtually every list of Top Fishing Destinations includes the Florida Keys. Wide Open Spaces calls the Florida Keys “One of the best places to catch game fish in North America.”

There’s no question the Florida Keys is a great fishing destination, and Hawks Cay is at the center of it all, situated a convenient 90 miles south of Miami, you can easily drive your car, or boat to Hawks Cay. The Marina at Hawks Cay Resort features 85 boat slips, and the capacity to handle boats up to 110’ in length. Hawks Cay Resort has the best marina in the Keys and the only one attached to a full service resort with five on-property restaurants from casual to fine dining, a world-class spa, five pools and a private saltwater lagoon. So in the off chance you are travelling with someone who doesn’t want to fish (crazy right?!) there is plenty of fun for everyone to enjoy.

Home of Saltwater Experience and Into the Blue Television Series We aren’t just saying Hawks Cay is famous for fishing, it’s official. If you’ve ever watched the Saltwater Experience TV show, you’ve seen the epic fishing at Hawks Cay. The well-known fishing series if filmed right here on property. You might even catch a chance to see Tom, Rich and the Saltwater Experience film crew swapping some stories on the deck at Angler & Ale. But that’s not the only fishing show filmed at Hawks Cay Resort. We are also home of Into the Blue with hosts Steve and Scott. We’d say having two fishing shows filmed out of your marina is a pretty good endorsement about how well we know fishing.

Ready to come Fish the Florida Keys from Hawks Cay Resort?

We’ve put together some fishing vacation offers for you anglers looking to hook a good time at a great value. Check out our special offers page for the best deal for your Florida fishing vacation. If you aren’t bringing your boat, be sure to check out our Fishing Charters to find the right guide to put you on the fish you are after. Our knowledgeable, professional fishing captains know the waters off the Florida Keys like nobody else and will expertly guide you whether you are looking to fish inshore or offshore. Hawks Cay Resort and Marina is a bucket list vacation for any fisherman.

Whatever you’re looking to chase, however you wanna go after it, the weather’s warm and the fish are always biting in the heart of Florida’s fishing capital!

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