Book your next trip with Hunter SportFishing and find out what fishing in Stock Island is all about.

Species like Mahi Mahi, Cero Mackerel, Cobia, Black Grouper, Gag Grouper, Scamp Grouper, Snowy Grouper, African Pompano Jack, Mutton Snapper, Yellowtail Snapper, Blackfin Tuna, and more could be biting if you cast your line at the right time of year. During the trip, you might be spinning, popping, trolling, drifting, jigging, bottom fishing, or maybe something more specialized in this area. Capt. Hunter can also have you kite fishing. For the more adventurous among you, there’s spearfishing.

If you’re traveling with the family, you will be glad to know that kids are welcome aboard! If you don’t have a child-sized life vest of your own, be sure to ask if there’s one on board. Also, remember to bring snacks so that nobody gets cranky on an empty belly!

Your boat for the day is a 28’ SeaHunter center console with space for 6 passengers. It comes with outriggers, downriggers, and everything else you need for a productive day on the water.
Rods, reels, and tackle are covered by the charter, as well as lures. Live bait is on offer, but it’s good to ask about this so you know if you’ll be catching it yourself.

There’s no need to buy a fishing license, just show up ready for a good time! Have in mind that some fish may have harvest limits or closed seasons. Simply ask and your captain can tell you more. It’s always wise to bring sunblock (non-spray), and sunglasses. Drinks are included, free of charge. Alcohol is allowed in moderation, but you should avoid hard liquor as well as glass bottles.

Now’s the time to experience fishing in Stock Island for yourself, with Hunter SportFishing!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Reef/Wrecks/Back Country
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $750
    Only have a little time to fish? This trip is great for families with younger children or folks who just want a lot of rod bending action and some nice fish for a hook-n-cook in any of our outstanding restaurants in Key West. The action is typically some delicious and hard fighting Yellowtail, Lane, Mangrove, Mutton, or Vermillion snapper. We get nice Yellow Jacks and Groupers in season too. We don't have to run far for these trips so you get lots of fishing action on these four hour trips.
    Targeted fish
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Snapper (Mutton)
    Mutton Snapper
    Snapper (Yellowtail)
    Yellowtail Snapper
    Tuna (Blackfin)
    Blackfin Tuna
    Cero Mackerel
    Cero Mackerel
    Snapper (Vermilion)
    Vermilion Snapper
    Snapper (Lane)
    Lane Snapper
  • Private trip
    4-6 Hour Trip – Lobster Diving
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Aug 6 - Mar 31
    US $850
    Catch your own lobster during lobster season in Key West. You can free dive or tank dive (scuba certification card required) for them with all the gear provided.
    Targeted fish
    Lobster
    Lobster
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $1,000
    This trip will you you some time to make some longer runs to other fishing spots a little bit further from Key West. You can fish the ridge past the Marquesas Islands where big coral heads and numerous wrecks attract fish. This trip gives you time to head offshore for Mahi or Tuna trolling action with deep dropping stops for big Tilefish or a Snowy Grouper. Trolling for Wahoo and King Mackerel open up also.
    Targeted fish
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Wahoo
    Wahoo
    Grouper (Black)
    Black Grouper
    Grouper (Gag)
    Gag Grouper
    Jack (African Pompano)
    African Pompano Jack
    Tuna (Blackfin)
    Blackfin Tuna
    Tilefish
    Tilefish
    Grouper (Scamp)
    Scamp Grouper
    Grouper (Snowy)
    Snowy Grouper
  • Private trip
    LionFish Spearing
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $1,000
    You've probably heard about the Lionfish problem we have down in Florida, its real and we hunt them relentlessly. The good thing is they're easy to spear even if you don't have any spearing experience and they're delicious!! We can do Scuba or Freediving trips for these fish.
    Targeted fish
    Lionfish
    Lionfish
  • Private trip
    Full Day Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $1,200
    This trip gives you a full day (8 hours) to make longer runs. Off shore we do trolling and what we call 'run-n-gun' where I'm in the stand through running the boat and we're looking for the birds, any floating debris or weedlines that will hold fish. While we make these longer runs we can also hit deep drop spots which can an array of great fish!
    Targeted fish
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Wahoo
    Wahoo
    Grouper (Black)
    Black Grouper
    Grouper (Gag)
    Gag Grouper
    Jack (African Pompano)
    African Pompano Jack
    Tripletail
    Tripletail
    Tuna (Blackfin)
    Blackfin Tuna
    Grouper (Scamp)
    Scamp Grouper
    Grouper (Snowy)
    Snowy Grouper
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FAQs about Hunter SportFishing

Hunter SportFishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $750 per group - Half Day Reef/Wrecks/Back Country (4 hours)
  • US $850 per group - 4-6 Hour Trip – Lobster Diving (6 hours)
  • US $1,000 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • US $1,000 per group - LionFish Spearing (6 hours)
  • US $1,200 per group - Full Day Offshore (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Hunter SportFishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Outriggers
  • Spearfishing Equipment
  • Ice Box
  • Radar

Trips booked with Hunter SportFishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks
  • Fishing License

Hunter SportFishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Hunter SportFishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing
  • Kite Fishing
  • Spearfishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Hunter SportFishing include:
  • Cero Mackerel
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Black)
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Grouper (Scamp)
  • Grouper (Snowy)
  • Jack (African Pompano)
  • Snapper (Mutton)
  • Snapper (Yellowtail)
  • Tuna (Blackfin)

Meet the Captain

Hunter Ledbetter
Stock Island, Florida, United States
ID & license verified
3 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since May 2023
I have been fishing and diving in the Florida Key since the 1990s. After I retired from the military, I made the decision to move down to Key West and start a charter fishing business. I’ve been running charters on my offshore boat.

About this listing

Targeted species

Cero Mackerel Cero Mackerel
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Black) Black Grouper

Boat specs

SeaHunter (Center console) originally built in 2020. Powered by 2 300HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
28 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Kite Fishing
Spearfishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Outriggers

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Fishing License

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 7 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Stock Island to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Pay online in full

Pay online in full through FishingBooker and save on credit card fees at the dock.

No additional fees.
Book with 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash
Visa
Mastercard
PayPal
Bank Transfer

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Customer reviews

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Elizabeth J.
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Great captain

VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip on April 1, 2024
Hunter is great. Super fun and friendly. We learned a lot from Hunter! He worked very hard to catch some fish and keeps up...
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Michael K.
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Great trip!

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on December 29, 2023
We had a great time! Capt. Hunter was awesome. We got to fish some wrecks and the reefs and reeled in some nice fish. Thanks...
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Bo J.
Naples, Florida
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Open water trip

VERIFIED   Full Day Offshore on July 30, 2023
Awesome run and gun for Mahi and deep water drop
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