Hunter SportFishing Key West in Key West, Florida

Guided by Hunter Ledbetter

Deep Sea Inshore Nearshore

About Your Guide

Certified Damn Good Guide
21 Years of Experience
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Captain Hunter is a US Coast Guard-credentialed captain with over 15 years of fishing and diving experience in the Florida Keys. He is retired from the military and makes his home in Key West. In addition to fishing, he is a PADI-certified scuba instructor! As a child, Hunter grew up fishing and it has been a lifelong passion. Whatever kind of trip you're looking for, Hunter can accommodate you whether it's offshore fishing, inshore fishing, or even just spending a day enjoying the sun on one of the many sandbars! He has everything on board you need for a perfect day of angling in Key West!

Hunter SportFishing Key West Trips

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Join Captain Hunter on a charter fishing trip in Key West, Florida and experience the thrill of reeling in a variety of fish species in the crystal clear waters of the Keys! You'll be fishing aboard his 30' Seahunter center console, which is an ultra-reliable fishing vessel equipped with the latest gear and technology. As you head out to sea, Captain Hunter will provide expert guidance and instruction, sharing his knowledge of the local fish populations and the best techniques for catching them. You'll have the opportunity to try your hand at a variety of fishing styles, including trolling, jigging, and live bait fishing, and you'll have the chance to target a range of popular species, including Snook, Gag Grouper, Yellowtail Snapper, and more! As you spend the day out on the water, you'll also be able to take in the stunning natural beauty of the Keys, with its crystal clear waters and picturesque islands. And when you're not fishing, you can relax and enjoy the fresh sea air, soaking up the sunshine and the laid-back atmosphere of Key West. This is one of America's most popular fishing destinations, and for good reason! Get out there and bag some trophy catches with Captain Hunter! One additional treat is the "hook and cook", where you can take your catch to one of Key West's excellent local restaurants, where they will prepare a delicious meal for you. Flip through the pictures to see a beautiful tuna sashimi dish prepared after a recent charter! Read More

Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Key West

Key West Family Fun Fishing

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30 ft 1 - 6 People From $125 / person
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If you're looking for world-class sportfishing in one of America's most beautiful locations, then this trip just might be your ticket. This trip will allow you to chase a variety of prized sportfish species including lightning-fast fish such as Mahi Mahi, King Mackerel, Blackfin Tuna, Wahoo, Sailfish and others. These aggressive pelagic predators are a blast to hook and fight, from the torpedo-like Wahoo down to the nimble Mahi Mahi. You'll be in experienced and professional hands aboard Captain Hunter's 30' Seahunter Floridian. This boat is a perfect balance of speed, performance, and comfort that's ideal for offshore fishing. With twin 300HP Yamaha engines, you won't have to cruise for long before you reach the prime fishing grounds and start haulin' 'em in. On the way, watch the trolling lines for sudden bites! Your captain will be prepared with everything you need for a blue-ribbon day, including top-of-the line rods, reels, bait, tackle, and most importantly, his years of experience hunting champion pelagic predators. To make the most of your experience on the water, make sure to bring polarized sunglasses, proper clothing, hat, and sunscreen. Get ready to have a blast! Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Key West

Full Day Offshore - 30' Seahunter

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30 ft 1 - 6 People From $200 / person
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Head out for a full day fishing adventure with Captain Hunter to run far offshore and get after Swordfish—one of the hardest-fighting fish in the Gulf! On this trip, you'll be heading 40+ miles offshore, trolling for lightning-fast gamefish such as King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Wahoo, and Blackfin Tuna. Once you reach the best fishing grounds, you'll drop your lines much deeper to attract Swordfish, which migrate at great depths, hunting for squid, baitfish, ballyhoo, and more. These fish are hungry, and when they hit your line, you'll feel it! Bring your A-game on this trip, because the Swords will really test your strength, skill, and stamina. You'll be getting some serious fishing done aboard Hunter's 30' Seahunter center console. She's powered by twin Yamaha 300-HP engines, so you'll cruise offshore with some serious speed. This well-equipped vessel comes with all the necessities, including GPS, Fishfinder, a Live Bait Well, and an Ice Box to store your catches. This boat also has a comfortable cabin area so that you can relax in the shade in between hook-ups. Captain Hunter will provide top-of-the-line rods, reels, tackle, and fishing licenses. All you need to bring is sunglasses, sunscreen, a lunch, and any snacks or drinks you'd like to enjoy while onboard. Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Key West

Swordfishing The Wall Off Key West

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30 ft 1 - 6 People From $267 / person
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Almost 70 miles (113 km) west of Key West lies remote Dry Tortugas National Park. Accessible only by boat or seaplane, the park is known the world over as the home of magnificent Fort Jefferson, picturesque blue waters, superlative coral reefs and marine life, and a vast assortment of bird life! This area is also know for its incredible fishing grounds, which are home to tons of reef fish as well as nearshore species such as Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Kingfish, and more! On this epic Dry Tortugas trip, you'll be in experienced and professional hands aboard Captain Hunter's 30' Seahunter Floridian. This boat is a perfect balance of speed, performance, and comfort that's ideal for offshore fishing. With twin 300HP Yamaha engines, you won't have to cruise for long before you reach the prime fishing grounds and start haulin' 'em in. On the way, watch the trolling lines for sudden bites! Your captain will be prepared with everything you need for a blue-ribbon day, including top-of-the line rods, reels, bait, tackle, and most importantly, his years of experience hunting champion pelagic predators. To make the most of your experience on the water, make sure to bring polarized sunglasses, proper clothing, hat, and sunscreen. Get ready to have a blast! Read More

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Key West

Dry Tortugas Expedition

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30 ft 1 - 6 People From $367 / person
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If you're looking for world-class sportfishing in one of America's most beautiful locations, then this trip just might be your ticket. This trip will allow you to chase a variety of prized nearshore species including topwater predators like Kingfish alongside reef fish such as Gag Grouper and Mangrove Snapper. You'll be in experienced and professional hands aboard Captain Hunter's 30' Seahunter Floridian. This boat is a perfect balance of speed, performance, and comfort that's ideal for offshore fishing. With twin 300HP Yamaha engines, you won't have to cruise for long before you reach the prime fishing grounds and start haulin' 'em in. On the way, watch the trolling lines for sudden bites! Your captain will be prepared with everything you need for a blue-ribbon day, including top-of-the line rods, reels, bait, tackle, and most importantly, his years of experience hunting champion pelagic predators. To make the most of your experience on the water, make sure to bring polarized sunglasses, proper clothing, hat, and sunscreen. Get ready to have a blast! Read More

Nearshore Fishing Charter in Key West

Key West Fishing Excursion

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30 ft 1 - 6 People From $125 / person
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This trip is only offered during lobster season, August 6 - March 31. If you're looking to mix it up out in Key West, this trip has your name on it! On this Lobstering trip—perfect for families—you'll use nets and "tickle sticks" to bag Spiny Lobsters, which are a blast to catch and even better to eat. Catching Lobsters takes a little practice, but once you've done it once, you'll never forget it. Captain Hunter can give you all the expert tips, but it's a simple task: use your tickle stick to coax the Lobsters into your net without letting them swim away, because if they decide to take off, they're surprisingly speedy. Once they're netted, you can swim back to the surface and throw that bug on ice! Captain Hunter provides the nets and sticks, but you'll need to bring along your own snorkel, scuba mask, fins, and gloves if you choose to wear them. These pieces of equipment are essential, so come prepared! For everything else, the captain has it covered. Just remember sunscreen (no spray please) and a pair of sunglasses to cut the glare. The Lobsters are out there—get out there and get after it! Read More

Inshore Fishing Charter in Key West

Key West Lobstering - 30’ Seahunter

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30 ft 1 - 6 People From $125 / person
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Join us on an exhilarating fishing adventure like no other as we tackle the invasive lionfish problem head-on in the stunning Florida Keys! Our Lionfish Hunting Trips offer a unique opportunity to not only protect our native fish populations but also indulge in a delicious seafood feast. Lionfish, a destructive invasive species, threaten the delicate balance of our local waters. With no natural predators, it's up to us to step in and take action. Our experienced team is equipped with all the necessary gear and expertise to safely hunt these voracious predators. Choose between tank diving or free diving as we embark on a mission to control the Lionfish population. If you've never hunted them before, fear not! We provide comprehensive instruction and guidance for beginners, ensuring you have a thrilling and successful experience. As we dive into the depths of the ocean, you'll witness firsthand the stunning marine environment while contributing to its preservation. The hunt is not only a crucial conservation effort but also an opportunity to savor the exquisite taste of these delectable fish. Lionfish are known for their tender, white flesh, making them a culinary delight. Our Lionfish Hunting Trips are perfect for adventurous souls, conservation enthusiasts, and seafood lovers alike. Join us and be a part of the solution while enjoying the rewards of a successful hunt. Book your spot on our exciting Lionfish Hunting Trip today and be prepared for an unforgettable experience. Help protect our native fish populations and create lasting memories as we tackle the Lionfish invasion together. Read More

Nearshore Fishing Charter in Key West

Lionfish Spearfishing Fury

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30 ft 1 - 4 People From $213 / person

Recent Reviews of Hunter SportFishing Key West

Stan

Verified Review Fishing

Great Experience. Worked hard to find fish and make an enjoyable experience for everyone. Successful day fishing! Particularly was good with the children and getting them educated on safety. Highly recommended by us. He’s also a great person to be around and cracks some good jokes.

Kailey

Verified Review Fishing

Captain Hunter truly made our fishing trip unforgettable! His expertise and passion for fishing were evident throughout the day. He knew all the best spots, provided top-notch equipment, and his guidance ensured we had a successful and thrilling experience. Highly recommend Captain Hunter for an amazing fishing adventure!

Andrew

Verified Review Fishing

Excellent trip. Captain hunter was great. Did several types of fishing, caught a couple keepers and were constantly bending rods. Captain experiences was great with helping us get our trip booked on short notice.

Allen

Verified Review Fishing

The guide was really good at getting us on the fish and multiple species and big fish! However he was kinda aggressive and yelled at us and made us clean up his boat every 5 minutes. 2 out of the 3 of us were new and never fished however he was kinda aggressive in teaching fishing techniques. He kinda made it feel like he caught the fish and then we just realed them in. But this guide does know his stuff and will get you on fish. On top of that not his fault at all!! But my trip was booked for the mangroves and captain experiences changed it to kinda deep ocean fishing.

Joe

Verified Review Fishing

Highly recommended Capt. Hunter took my family on a great adventure. He made sure that we caught a ton of fish and taught my son Hank loads about fishing for the next time. Great fun for the family.

Jonathan

Verified Review Fishing

Hunter was great with the kids. He definitely got us on the fish. The kids were so busy reeling in fish that I couldn’t! They had a great time.! Thanks!!

Nancy

Verified Review Fishing

Wow Captain Hunter and Brooke! Rocked us to Lobster 🦞 Heaven ! Knowledgeable, Eco friendly. !! Great fast boat! This is it if you want an experience fishing lobster snorkeling!! We will be back !! Thank you 😊

Species

Blackfin Tuna, Gag Grouper, Kingfish, Lionfish, Lobster, Mahi Mahi, Mangrove Snapper, Mutton Snapper, Redfish, Sailfish, Snook, Swordfish, Wahoo, Yellowtail Snapper

Techniques

Artificial Lure Fishing, Bottom Fishing, Drift Fishing, Heavy Tackle Fishing, Jigging, Light Tackle Fishing, Spearfishing, Trolling

Types of Fishing

Deep Sea, Inshore, Nearshore

Start Location

Stock Island Yacht Club & Marina, Peninsular Avenue, Key West, FL, USA | Bodies of water fished: Florida Keys, Big Pine Key, Cudjoe Key, Summerland Key, Key West, Yellowstone River, Dry Tortugas, Atlantic Ocean

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