Late March Cedar Key Fishing Report

cedar key fishing guideCedar Key Inshore Fishing Report

The inshore bite is awesome rite now. The speckled trout and red fish are on fire. On all of Cedar Key’s grass flats in 3 to 5 ft of water and around the many bars we have we’re catching fish.
We’re using popping corks or 1/8 oz jig heads with live shrimp. The sheepshead are still biting on the rock piles and around the docks and the Spanish mackerel are here too. We also have been catching pompano and some sharks

Cedar Key Offshore Fishing Report

The best thing biting right now are the sea bass and pink grunts and they can be caught in 18 to 45 ft of water. The gag grouper are bitting good too but you do have release them …. unharmed please. The red grouper have been a little hard to find but they are there in 38 to 48 ft of water. All are hitting on live pins and any type of the frozen baits you care to use. The Spanish mackerel are there too and we haven’t caught one yet but we’re looking for the king fish to show up any day now.

Come on down to Cedar Key and enjoy the weather and fun fishing
Till next time, tight lines & safe boating
Captain John Blouse
“Hooked up Charters & Cedar Key Marina II”
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Mr. Davis with some nice Cedar Key Reds
Mr. Davis with some nice Cedar Key Reds
Nice Cedar Key Red
Fine Cedar Key Red
And Another Cedar Key Red Grouper caught with Hookedup Charters
And Another Cedar Key Red Grouper caught with Hookedup Charters

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Late February Cedar Key Fishing Report

cedar key fishing guideCedar Key Inshore Fishing Report

With the strong cold fronts and winds, fishing has been tough. The trout are here, just biting slow but still in the 3 to 4 ft grass flats. The reds have been mostly in the back marsh areas around bars but do come out by the islands on a high tide in the afternoons. Both are hitting on live shrimp, mud minnows, gulps and finger mullet. The trout seem to hit better using popping corks and reds on a jig head fishing on the bottom. The sheepshead are doing well by the dock pilings and the inshore rock piles using frozen shrimp and fiddler crabs with enough weight to keep them on the bottom.

 

Cedar Key Offshore Fishing Report

Same as inshore, since the weather hasn’t been favorable, we haven’t had many great days but we have had some good luck with the larger sheepshead on the offshore rock piles in 18 to 25 ft of water, using frozen shrimp. The sea bass and grunts are plentiful in 20 to 50 ft of water. The red grouper are slow to bite in shallow water and do better in 60 to 75 ft, using threadfins, sardines, cut mullet and northern mackerel. I look for the bit to get better and the fish to move in closer within the next couple of weeks. We did see some schools of baitfish with bonita busting thru them last week, that’s a good sign. So as the weather is breaking for the better, come on down and enjoy the fun.

 

Till next time, tight lines & safe boating
Captain John Blouse
“Hooked up Charters & Cedar Key Marina II”
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& Cedar Key Marina II Cedar Key’s Full Service Marina

Late January Cedar Key Fishing Report

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Cedar Key Inshore Fishing Report

In between these cold fronts north winds, the speckled trout have been biting good on the grass flats and near the bars in 2.5 to 4.5 ft of water using popping corks, with a 2ft leader, 1/4oz jig head and live shrimp, gulps and/or finger mullet. They seem to be schooling in tight pockets, so drifting is best until you find them, then anchor. The redfish are hit and miss but the have been biting around the islands and bars and down towards Waccasassa also using artificial shrimp and mullet, soft baits, gulps and live shrimp. The black drum have been around as well, more in the shallows toward back marsh areas and around airport area.

Cedar Key Offshore Fishing Report

Due to the mostly high winds and cold fronts, and red grouper just opened up January 1st. We don’t have a lot to report. The gags are biting great and are released unharmed in 35 to 45 ft. The sea bass and grunts are biting good in 30 to 50 ft. The red grouper seem to be in 45 to 60 ft on live bottom areas, hitting all types of frozen baits. The larger sheepshead should be starting to bite in the next couple of weeks, so don’t forget to bring your rigs for them as well.

Till next time, tight lines & safe boating
Captain John Blouse
“Hooked up Charters & Cedar Key Marina II”
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& Cedar Key Marina II Cedar Key’s Full Service Marina
A Late January's Catch In Cedar Key, Florida Caught with Hookedup Charters
A Late January’s Catch In Cedar Key, Florida Caught with Hookedup Charters

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Cedar Key Fishing Report

cedar key fishing guideCedar Key Inshore Fishing Report

At the downtown dock, the Sheepshead are biting good with shrimp, fiddlers crabs and oysters.
The trout are hitting good on the grass flats in 3 to 5 feet of water using popping corks with shrimp or gulp baits. The redfish are hitting better in this stretch of warmer weather on the sand bars and near the islands, on finger mullet, shrimp and filleted whole mullet. There are also plenty of whiting and sand trout as well.

Cedar Key Offshore Fishing Report

The sea bass and the grunts, aka Cedar Key Snapper, are hitting good in 18 to 30 feet of water using squid, sardines or shrimp. There are plenty of gag grouper, for catch n release at 30 to 45 feet. The good news is that on January 1st the Red Grouper open up and with a 4 fish bag limit. They will be in 45 to 65 feet on hard live bottom areas, use threadfins, sardines, northern mackerel and cut mullet. Also amber jacks and trigger fish open as well and the larger Sheepshead should be making their way out to spawn from mid January thru march.

Till next time, tight lines & safe boating
Captain John Blouse
“Hooked up Charters & Cedar Key Marina II”
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& Cedar Key Marina II Cedar Key’s Full Service Marina

We are Catching Fish Like We’d Anticipate with the Arrival of Fall

Steinhatchee Fishing GuideGreetings from Steinhatchee, I have not sent in a report in a while, apologies, sorriness is my only excuse. Our scallop season went very well, which is a miracle, considering the poor visibility we had as late as the last few weeks of June.

But then in September we had a fish kill offshore, red tide presumably. It hung around for a few weeks, haunting the coastal communities here along the Big Bend/Nature Coast part of Florida. And it’s still hanging around out in the Gulf. The latest forcast is for it to drift further away. FWC has a page that is easy to find, if you’re interested in monitoring it. We praying and hoping it  stays away, and the natural occurring algae’s impact very small.

We are catching fish! The kind of days we anticipate with the arrival of Fall. Speckled Trout are moving up on the shallow flats right on schedule. I like to fish cutbait this time of year for a couple reasons, it helps my customers catch Trout in shallow water and Reds are scattered on some of the same flats. We will routinely have days we will not fish any deeper than four foot, all day.

Of course there are other opportunities, the return of schools of Spanish Mackerel make for some very exciting nearshore fishing, and the Sand Trout are great fun for kids and new fisherman. Anyway, it’s a great time of year to fish Steinhatchee. Fish bite often, frequently, and regularly this month. Come see us!
GOD BLESS and Good Fishing

Thanks for reading
GOD Bless and Good Fishing,
Captain STEVE KROLL

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This Steinhatchee Fishing Report is from Steinhatchee Fishing Guide Captain Steve Kroll

A Day's Catch Out From Steinhatchee, Florida
A Day’s Catch In Steinhatchee, Florida
Captain Steve With A Nature Coast Spanish Mackerel
Captain Steve With A Nature Coast Spanish Mackerel