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Fisherman's paradise

Florida Keys Fishing

In the Florida Keys, fishing isn’t something we do, it’s how we live. The Florida Keys is consistently ranked in the Top 10 lists of Best Places for Deep Sea Fishing. Wide Open Spaces calls the Florida Keys, “one of the best places to catch game fish in North America.”

Florida’s Fishing Capital

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.

Backcountry Fishing

On one side of Duck Key, anglers can easily access the Florida Bay for backcountry fishing. Some of the most sought-after game fish around can be caught here, including Tarpon, Redfish, Bonefish, Permit and Snook.

Offshore Fishing

Boat past the Florida Bay toward the Gulf of Mexico or head east toward the Atlantic Ocean for deep sea fishing in the Florida Keys. Here, anglers will find both light tackle and big game fish like Yellowtail Snapper, Grouper, Mahi Mahi, Marlin, Sailfish and Swordfish. Unique to the Keys is daytime swordfishing which is a relatively new technique explained in Saltwater Sportman.

Types of

Fish

WHAT TYPE OF FISH CAN YOU CATCH IN THE FLORIDA KEYS?

Cast your line with Hawks Cay fishing charters for a chance to reel in offshore and backcountry fish species in the Florida Keys.

Blackfin

tuna

Offshore Fishing

The blackfin can be taken on live or artificial baits. One of the smallest of the tunas, the blackfin rarely reaches a weight of more than 30 lbs. The Florida record, caught in the Keys, is 45.5 pounds.

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Grouper

fishing

Offshore Fishing/Light tackle fishing

There are nearly a dozen different species of grouper found in Florida waters, but most charter boats fishing in The Keys target the big three – gag, red and black grouper. The record black is 113.38 lbs.

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Mahi Mahi

fishing

Offshore Fishing

Visually speaking you won’t find a prettier fish in the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico. With electric hues of blue, yellow and green, dolphin fish are like free-swimming neon signs. Caught year 'round.

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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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Swordfish

fishing

Offshore Fishing/Big Game Fishing

Averaging 9.8 ft. (3 m) in length and 200 lbs. (90.7 kg), Swordfish are among the ocean's fastest and most powerful fish. Swordfish are giants. The Florida record, snagged in the Keys, is 612.75 lbs.

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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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Cobia

fishing

Flats fishing/off shore fishing

Sometimes called ling by traveling anglers, cobia are among the true treats of Florida Keys fishing. Generally in the 30- to 50-lb range, cobia can grow to more than 100 lbs and put up a great fight.

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Big Game

fishing

Offshore fishing

Sailfish & Swordfish roam our deep waters. Most blue-water hunters target the superstar of the Florida Keys, the legendary Blue Marlin, an open-ocean predator known for its epic trans-Atlantic migrations.

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Blackfin

tuna

Offshore Fishing

The blackfin can be taken on live or artificial baits. One of the smallest of the tunas, the blackfin rarely reaches a weight of more than 30 lbs. The Florida record, caught in the Keys, is 45.5 pounds.

Learn more

Grouper

fishing

Offshore Fishing/Light tackle fishing

There are nearly a dozen different species of grouper found in Florida waters, but most charter boats fishing in The Keys target the big three – gag, red and black grouper. The record black is 113.38 lbs.

Learn more

Mahi Mahi

fishing

Offshore Fishing

Visually speaking you won’t find a prettier fish in the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico. With electric hues of blue, yellow and green, dolphin fish are like free-swimming neon signs. Caught year 'round.

Learn more

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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Florida Keys Charter Boats at Hawks Cay Resort

Duck Key, home to Hawks Cay Resort and Marina is just a cast away from the Florida Bay, Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Professional anglers and recreational fishermen alike catch their limits fishing the flats, backcountry, inlets and ocean all year long. Head out on a Live2Fish board or take off with a skilled fishing guide for deep sea fishing. Whether you want to throw out a line for bonefish or fly cast on the coast, our Florida Keys sport fishing charters will be at Hawks Cay Marina ready to take you on an unforgettable fishing trip.

Hawks Cay Marina

Discover 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 traveling with someone who doesn’t want to fish (crazy right?!) there is plenty of fun for everyone to enjoy.

Saltwater Experience & 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 is 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. Having two fishing shows filmed out of your marina is a pretty good endorsement of our fisherman's paradise.

Ready to Fish the Florida Keys from Hawks Cay Resort?

We’ve put together some fishing vacation offers for 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. 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.

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!

Find a Fishing Charter

Gotcha

captain: David Jensen
size: 45'
max_people: 6
category: Offshore
Specialties:
Blackfin Grouper Big Game Mahi Mahi

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Tailwalker

captain: Dave Shillinger
size: 44’
max_people: 6
category: Offshore
Specialties:
Mahi Mahi Grouper Blackfin Swordfish Big Game

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Fasttrac

captain: George Campbell
size: 39'
max_people: 6
category: Offshore
Specialties:
Blackfin Grouper Mahi Mahi Big Game Light Tackle Cobia

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Final Final

captain: Dave Perry
size: 38'
max_people: 6
category: Offshore
Specialties:
Blackfin Grouper Mahi Mahi Big Game

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Snapshot

captain: Andrew Hall
size: 35'
max_people: 6
category: Offshore/Center Console
Specialties:
Blackfin Grouper Mahi Mahi Big Game

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Eagle Eye

captain: Dave Perry
size: 26'
max_people: 4
category: Offshore/Center Console
Specialties:
Blackfin Grouper Mahi Mahi Big Game Light Tackle Cobia

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I'm Hooked

captain: Jeff Malone (managing captain)
size: 21’
max_people: 4
category: Backcountry/Flats
Specialties:
Bonefish Snook Tarpon

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Tarpon Time

captain: Jeff Malone
size: 21’
max_people: 4
category: Backcountry/Flats
Specialties:
Bonefish Snook Tarpon

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Right On Fishing Charters

captain: Mike O’Dell
size: 21’
max_people: 4
category: Backcountry/Flats
Specialties:
Bonefish Snook Tarpon

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Saltwater Experience

captain: Anthony Vargas
size: 24'
max_people: 4
category: Backcountry/Flats
Specialties:
Bonefish Snook Tarpon

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Into the Blue

captain: Brandon Simmons
size: 26'
max_people: 4
category: Backcountry/Flats
Specialties:
Mahi Mahi Snook Swordfish Tarpon Cobia Big Game Blackfin Grouper

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