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Bringing your own boat?

Dock with us! Duck Key Vacation Rentals offer deep water boat dockage with direct access to the Atlantic Ocean. Choose a unit with a boat slip, or tie up at Hawks Cay's full-service marina. Read more…

Want to catch the big ones on your own?

Hawks Cay marina offers a fleet of Grady White boat rentals, as well as all the bait, tackle, charts and licenses you'll need! Read more

Florida Keys Fishing

Duck Key Fishing Charters

There's good reason why the Florida Keys are commonly referred to as "the fishing capital of the world." Few, if any, destinations offer anglers the opportunity to catch such a tremendous variety of fish, all within a short boat ride from shore.  Fly cast to bonefish and permit on Duck Key's shallow water flats. Venture offshore for an exciting day chasing sailfish, dolphin (mahi mahi), and tuna. Anchor on the reef and catch tasty snapper and grouper. Or fish the Duck Key bridges for the granddaddy of them all, the Florida Keys tarpon.

Give us a call to book your Duck Key fishing adventure!


No matter if you're an old salt or have never cast a line into the ocean before, Duck Key has a collection of Florida Keys charter boats sure to make your fishing trip an unforgettable experience. Choose from a variety of trip styles (below), and lengths: half day (4 hours) or full day (8 hours).

Duck Key Offshore Fishing Offshore Fishing Duck Key offshore fishing charters take you out to the deep blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean where you'll pursue trophy game fish such as swordfish, marlin, sailfish, dolphin (mahi mahi), tuna, wahoo, and more. Read more…

Duck Key Reef Fishing Reef Fishing Located just a few miles from Duck Key, the Florida Keys coral reef is home to snapper, grouper, mackerel, sailfish, cobia, jacks, and sharks—just to name a few species. You never know what you might catch on your Duck Key reef fishing charter!  Read more…

Duck Key Tarpon Trips Tarpon Trips Duck Key is within casting distance of three of the Florida Keys best tarpon bridges. There's nothing quite like hooking a hundred-pound tarpon and watching him soar through the air as the Florida Keys sun sets in the background. (Seasonal) Read more…

Duck Key Flats Fishing Flats Fishing Presidents, athletes, celebrities, and professional anglers alike have all journeyed to the islands in search of the elusive "gray ghost," the Florida Keys bonefish. Stalk the flats with your guide and site cast to bonefish, as well as permit, tarpon, redfish, barracudas, and sharks. Read more…

Duck Key Backcountry  Fishing Backcountry Fishing Duck Key is just a short boat ride from the fishy waters of Everglades National Park, commonly referred to as the "backcountry." Fun for all skill levels, backcountry fishing offers a chance to catch tarpon, snook, redfish, speckled trout, sharks, jacks, and more.  Read more…



What's best time of year to fish?

There is no bad time of year to fish in the Florida Keys. Most fish can be caught year-round, while certain species are best targeted during the different fishing seasons.  Learn more...

Can I fish from shore at Duck Key?

One of the best things about fishing in the Florida Keys is that you don't always need a boat to catch big fish. Duck Key Vacation Rentals are just seconds from several bridges with designated areas set up for fishing. You can also fish in the harbor behind Harbor Village units.

Do I need a fishing license?

You do not need a fishing license if fishing with a Duck Key charter boat. You will need to purchase a fishing license if fishing on your own boat (or rental), or fishing from a bridge or on land. Licenses can be purchased at Hawks Cay Marina.

How many people can fish on a charter boat?

Large charter boats can fish up to six people. Smaller boats, like center consoles and bay boats, generally can take two to four people. Flats skiffs usually allow up to two anglers.