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Fishing charters in Duck Key, FL

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Duck Key fishing charters have easy access to backwater and deep sea fishing grounds.

Local fishing charters can help you reel in Mahi Mahi, Mangrove Snapper, Tarpon, Barracuda, and many more.

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Inshore fishing charters in Duck Key

Duck Key is popular with anglers, who come to explore the calm inshore waters. From grassy shallows to numerous bays, there’s something for anglers of all tastes and budgets.

Mangrove Snapper, Tarpon, Mutton Snapper, Yellowtail Snapper, and Mangrove Snapper can be your next catch.

Inshore fishing trips are good for families with kids, couples, and small groups of friends.

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Inshore fishing trip prices

On average, the price for a 4-hour inshore fishing trip is $436 for 2 people. An extra angler fee is $50. Fishing charters can accommodate 2-6 anglers depending on the size of the craft.

$200 is the lowest price for a 2-hour inshore fishing trip in Duck Key found on our platform.

There are about 41 fishing guides in Duck Key and nearby cities. You will have plenty of choices to find your next fishing outing.

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Best time for inshore fishing

May, March and October are the best months for inshore fishing near Duck Key.

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Offshore fishing charters in Duck Key

Are you looking for an offshore adventure? Duck Key offshore fishing charters have quick access to the open water. They can put you in the best fishing spots

These waters will yield anything from Mahi Mahi and Barracuda to Sailfish and King Mackerel.

Offshore fishing trips are good for experienced anglers, groups for friends, and those who want to reel in a bigger catch. Be ready to travel into the federal waters miles off the coast.

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Offshore fishing trip prices

On average, the price for a 4-hour offshore fishing trip is $682 for 2 people. An extra angler fee is $50. Fishing charters can accommodate up to 6 persons depending on the capacity of the boat.

The most affordable 4-hour offshore fishing trip in Duck Key costs $350 for 2 anglers.

There are about 29 fishing guides in Duck Key and nearby cities. So you'll have plenty of options to find your next fishing break.

Keep in mind that it takes time to get to the best offshore fishing spots. It’s better to take a 6-hour offshore fishing trip if you want more fishing action.

The average tips are 15-20% of the total fishing charter price.

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Best time for offshore fishing

The best time to go offshore fishing in Duck Key are considered to be May, March and October.

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Family-friendly fishing charters in Duck Key

Duck Key family-friendly fishing charters offer unique fishing options for novice anglers of all ages. It’s the best way to introduce your children to sport fishing and show various saltwater fish species.

Usually, family-friendly fishing trips take place in calm waters like creeks and small bays. Inshore waters offer consistent year-round fishing through seasonal changes.

Family-friendly fishing trip prices

A family-friendly 4-hour fishing trip could be a perfect choice for a group with kids. The kids will learn more about fish species and won’t get bored.

On average, the price for a 4-hour family-friendly fishing trip is $436 for 2 guests. An extra guest fee is $50. Captains can accommodate 4-6 persons depending on the capacity of the vessel.

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Shark fishing charters in Duck Key

One of the world’s most famous game fish, sharks, are plentiful in the waters near Duck Key. Duck Key shark fishing charters are committed to providing you with an exciting fishing experience.

Local shark fishing charters target a variety of sharks including species like Blacktip Shark, Bull Shark, Nurse Shark, Bonnethead Shark, and many more.

Note: you can keep certain Florida shark species, but most sharks are off-limits for harvesting. These sharks have to be released. Fishing charter Captains will help you with shark identification.

Sharks inhabit offshore and inshore waters, from mangrove swamps to reef dropoffs. Juveniles are typically found in shallow water, while adults are located at greater depths.

Live bait is preferred for shark fishing. Ladyfish, Bonita, Mullet, and Blue Runner are the go-to bait for shark fishing. Usually, fishing charters prepare it in advance.

Shark fishing trip prices

On average, the price for a 4-hour shark fishing trip is $522 for 2 guests. Add $50 for each additional guest. Fishing charters can accommodate 4-6 anglers depending on the size of the vessel.

There are about 13 fishing guides in Duck Key and nearby cities. You will have plenty of choices to find your next fishing outing.

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Best time for shark fishing in Duck Key

You can target sharks all year round. March through October are the best months for shark fishing in Duck Key.

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Tarpon fishing charters in Duck Key

Tarpon is a game fish that attracts anglers from all over the world. Local fishing guides can help you to target Tarpon. They will show you various fishing methods and productive spots.

Tarpon prefer to reside in shallows, bays, flats, and rivers. Pinfish, mullet, and crabs are the go-to bait for Tarpon fishing.

Note: Tarpon are a protected catch-and-release-only species. Also, you can’t lift a 40+ inch Tarpon out of the water. So be careful with your trophy, take a few photos, and let it go.

Tarpon fishing rates

On average, the base price for a 6-hour Tarpon fishing charter is $580 for 2 anglers. An extra person fee is $50.

15 fishing companies can help you with Tarpon fishing in Duck Key and nearby cities.

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Best time for Tarpon fishing in Duck Key

Tarpon fishing season in Duck Key is late spring through summer. October, September, and June are the ideal months.

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FAQ

What is included in the price?

Most trips are all-inclusive. Captains provide everything you need for a fishing trip: tackle, rods, reels, bait, and a cooler with ice. Usually, Captains clean anything that you catch.

Captains provide a saltwater fishing license. This license covers all the people on the vessel.

An offshore fishing charter has to have a federal permit to fish in the federal waters.

What to bring on a fishing charter trip?

Depending on the weather, Captains recommend bringing sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, long sleeve shirt, hat, windbreaker, waterproof jacket, waterproof pans, appropriate non-skid footwear, gloves, your medicines, bug bite cream, sanitizer, drinks, and snacks.

Bring your freshwater license if you are planning to fish in the freshwater.

Some Captains don’t recommend bringing spray sunscreen, liquor, weapons, fireworks, and inappropriate footwear.

How to book a fishing charter trip?

You can book a trip with a 10-20% deposit.

The remaining balance has to be paid directly to the Captain on the day of your trip or upon arrival.

The deposit could be refunded if you cancel the trip before the cancellation deadline. On average, a free cancellation deadline is 2-14 days before the trip date. Keep in mind that some of the bookings could be non-refundable.

What are the closest boat ramps and marinas to Duck Key?

Popular public boat ramps and marinas near Duck Key are:

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