Happy Dog Fishing Charters

Light tackle fishing in the Florida Keys

477 Drost Drive Cudjoe Key, FL 33042

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Fishing charters with Happy Dog Charters in the lower keys

 Best Charter fishing Cudjoe Key near Key west and Marathon.

February March and April fishing charters at Cudjoe Key

Whether you are seasoned angler or just want to see what the excitement is all about, Captain Roy Heverly is ready to put you on the fish and show you a good time.  With over 30 years as a professional fisherman, we believe you will not find a more experienced, harder working charter fishing Captain anywhere in the Florida Keys. 

We can customize your trip for your group. Captain Roy will give suggestions and options for you to choose from. Local weather patterns will usually determine  what may be the best option for any given day. . Some popular fishing charters options are:

  • Sight casting Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon, and more.
  • Live bait chumming  Blackfin Tuna and kings into a feeding frenzy with live pilchards  
  • Chumming Yellowtail  Snapper
  •  Tarpon fishing with live bait, crabs and artificial lures
  • Pitching live shrimp or pilchards around the shorelines, islands, and in the creeks for a shot at catching redfish, snook or even little tarpon
  • Kite fishing for Sail fish and large Kingfish
  • Wreck and reef fishing Amberjack, Cobia Grouper and more
  • Snorkeling the local reefs


Florida Keys Fishing Charter Rates

*We specialize in light tackle fishing

Based on 4 passengers, $100 per extra passenger 

Maximum 6 passengers

1/2 day (4 hours)  $600.

3/4 day ( 6 hours) $800

full day (8 hours)  $1000.


Tips are not required but if you feel the Captain did a great job tipping is always appreciated.

Book a fishing charter

Call or Email Lisa today to reserve your fishing charter Lisaandroy09@gmail.com


Fishing charters out of Cudjoe Key

Fishing charters Departing from 

Cudjoe Gardens Marina  

477 Drost Drive

Cudjoe Key, Fl. 33042

just twenty minutes from Key West and thirty miles from Marathon Key.

What We Provide:

  • All Fishing Gear & Tackle
  • Bait 
  • Cooler with Ice
  • Fishing Licenses and Permits

What You Need to Bring:

  • Drinks and snacks
  • Polarized Sunglasses are a must
  • Hat and lightweight clothing
  • Sunscreen (non aerosol)

Cudjoe Key Fishing Charters

Best charter fishing  boat in the Florida Keys from Key west to Marathon



February March and April fishing charters at Cudjoe Key

 


 

Florida Keys best Tarpon fishing charter boat. Tarpon fishing charters N of Key West S of Marathon

Tarpon Fishing

April is one of the best months to catch Tarpon in the Florida Keys. The migratory pattern of tarpon brings hundreds of thousands of them every spring into the clear, shallow water of the Florida Keys

The Florida Keys  remain a prime location for the adrenaline-pumping sport. The spaciousness of the area and numerous fishing spots mean you don’t get overly crowded or cut off by other tarpon fishing charters  The Keys are uniquely located in the middle of the annual tarpon fishing migration, so you can catch tarpon almost year-round. As a bonus, it’s not unusual while Tarpon fishing Florida Keys flats and bridges to catch tarpon weighing in over 100 pounds!

Blackfin Tuna

One of our favorite species to target is Blackfin tuna. They are powerful, strong-swimming & hard-fighting fish that are a blast to hook up. They feed in schools near the surface and voraciously hit almost any bait, which makes for an action-filled day of fishing. Smaller than its yellow fin and bluefin cousins,  and one of the most powerful fish you can catch in the Florida Keys.

It’s not unheard of to catch a 30 pounder , though single-digit weights are more typical. What they lack in size, they sure make up for in strength and numbers. Interestingly enough, the Keys hold the world record for the species, with a 45 lb 8 oz Blackfin caught in 1996 in Key West.

Sailfish

,Winter in the Florida Keys means time for sailfish fishing.  The peak of the Sailfish season is generally in March and April although Sailfish are caught here year round.  Honored as the official saltwater fish of the state of Florida, these fast-moving, beautiful, and challenging fish are quite the catch. They have the distinction of being the fastest fish in the ocean, topping out at speeds up to 75 miles per hour. Expect to use live baits beneath kites and also use live chum to create a feeding frenzy for sight-casting.

Whatever your skill level catching your first sailfish is something you never forget. Their aerial acrobatics, ‘tail-walking’, stamina, speed and unmatched beauty make sailfish fishing a one-of-a-kind experience. 

Reef fishing

 Reef fishing is guaranteed action  with a wide variety of species and is  Just a short run from the dock . This makes for a great choice for families with kids as well as for novice anglers .The North American Coral Reef Tract runs northward along the entire length of the Florida Keys and beyond. This is the only living coral reef in North America. You’ll be fishing in waters running from roughly 5 to 60 feet deep, depending on the area and the bite. Often, larger mutton snapper and grouper will come in to the patch reefs to feed on bait schools, while resident yellowtail snapper are very dependable . In any case, you can count on tasty fish for dinner

Reef fishing

Inshore/ Flats fishing

 Some of the best Permit fishing in the world  clear shallow flats  where you'll target Permit, Bonefish, Tarpon, Sharks and Barracuda