Damn Good Fishing Charters In Duck Key, Florida

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Everything to Know About Booking a fishing charter in Duck Key

What are the best fishing charters in Duck Key?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 90 trips in Duck Key, and the most popular trips in the area are Tavernier Backcountry Fishing guided by Ben, Full Day or Half Day Trip - 28' Proline guided by Don, and Half or Full Day Offshore - 32' Sea Vee guided by Conan.

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Other popular cities nearby for booking a charter include Banana River, Key Largo and Miami.

What types of fishing charters are common in Duck Key?

Inshore fishing is the most popular in Duck Key as well as nearshore fishing, offshore fishing, and flats fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in Duck Key are: 1. tarpon, 2. mahi mahi / dorado, 3. permit, 4. mangrove snapper, and 5. redfish.

The most common fishing techniques in Duck Key are light tackle fishing, live bait fishing, and heavy tackle fishing but bottom fishing and trolling are popular as well.

How much do Duck Key fishing charters cost?

in Duck Key prices can range anywhere from $300 to $2,695, but the average price for a half day in Duck Key is $747. The average price for a full day in Duck Key is $1,121.

When is the best time to go fishing in Duck Key?

The most popular season for fishing in Duck Key is spring, and most anglers book their trips 30 days in advance.

Where can I get a Duck Key fishing license and what are the bag limits in Duck Key?

See here for more information on fishing licenses in Duck Key, bag limits for target species, and fishing season regulations in Duck Key. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations in Duck Key.

Duck Key Fishing Overview

There are more than a few options for charter fishing in Duck Key. Located about halfway down on the Florida Keys island chain, Duck Key is in an excellent location for all types of fishing. The average temperature in winter is around 65 degrees, so the bite is on year-round. You can have your choice of battling a Tarpon in the bays, stalking Bonefish in the flats, trolling bluewater for Mahi-Mahi, or deep-dropping for Swordfish, Duck Key fishing charters have something for every group.

Duck Key Inshore Fishing

The city of Duck Key is situated on 13 islands that are separated by inlets and channels. Within and around these islands are miles of flats, smaller islands, sandbars, and canals for you to explore with our Duck Key fishing guides.

Needless to say, there are plenty of places to fish in Duck Key. This vacation destination is so attractive because of its year-long warm weather, which means something is always in season. Starting in the early spring, the "Grey Ghost", or Bonefish, make their way into the flats and bays around Duck Key and stay all summer long. Shortly after when the water warms up just a tad more, Tarpon, or "The Silver King", invade the bays and channels around the islands.

Once the Snook bite picks up just weeks after the Tarpon typically arrive, you'll have all you need for the Inshore Slam - or add a Speckled Trout for the Inshore Grand Slam. Once the Snook and Tarpon leave town, Permit and Pompano arrive, so the bite is on all year long!

Duck Key Deep Sea Fishing

In addition to being an inshore powerhouse, Duck Key's location on the Keys island chain puts it in a prime spot for some serious offshore and deep sea fishing tours. Just like the inshore fishing, something is biting in the deeper waters around the islands year-round.

For the angler who prefers reef and wreck fishing, there are plenty of artificial reefs, sunken ships, and other shallow-water structures that support a biodiverse tropical fish community. These trips are perfect for half-day family trips, as you are pretty much guaranteed to catch something. Year-round the reefs are teeming with life, from Kingfish and Spanish Mackerel to Grouper and Snapper variants.

Further offshore, the bite never stops as well. In the winter months, deep sea trips for Sailfish are productive. Come springtime, the Marlin and Swordfish begin to show up in the bluewater depths. Throughout the summer and fall, Mahi-Mahi, Wahoo, Yellowfin, and Blackfin tuna can all be caught on deep sea charters.

Other Things to do in Duck Key

While Duck Key fishing charters are a blast, the islands also offer plenty of entertainment on land. After a day on the pristine white sand beaches, check out the Dolphin Research Center or The Turtle Hospital for up-close encounters with amazing sea creatures. There are numerous nature preserves to be explored by foot or kayak for the lovers of the outdoors. For the adult and foodie crowd, Duck Key has plenty of island classic bars and restaurants to check out. Check out our trips for info on v fishing charter prices and more!