Cedar Key Fishing Report

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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”
This Cedar Key fishing report is from Cedar Key Fishing Guide Hookedup Charters
& 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

Cedar Key Inshore & Offshore Fishing Reports

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Cedar Key Inshore Fishing Report

The redfish have been on fire, reports are coming in that you can see them swimming in packs. Fish for them using the same techniques as usual, jig heads tipped with shrimp or mullet or a popping cork with 30# leader and using live shrimp, finger mullet or mud minnows.
They are plentiful around any of the islands and oyster bars. The speckled trout, black drum and mackerel are doing well too. We have also had some tarpon caught and I have seen 2 over 5 feet jump while fishing.

Cedar Key Off Offshore Fishing Report

The red tide issue is about gone, the water clarity is good and lots of bait pods are around. We are catching good sized gags n red grouper in 40 to 50 ft. Using live pins and frozen mullet, thread fins, sardines, northern mackerel and menhaden.
There is still a lot of floating grass, so trolling 30+ plugs can be a problem. We caught a 30lb cobia on Friday, so I look for the kings and cobia to be making another run Thursday so be prepared and always throw a free line out while your bottom fishing, please remember to keep your drag set loose.

 

Till next time, tight lines & safe boating
Captain John Blouse
“Hooked up Charters & Cedar Key Marina II”
This Cedar Key fishing report is from Cedar Key Fishing Guide Hookedup Charters
& Cedar Key Marina II Cedar Key’s Full Service Marina
Ceder Key Cobia Caught with Hookedup Charters
Ceder Key Cobia Caught with Hookedup Charters
Ceder Key Gag Grouper Caught with Hookedup Charters
Ceder Key Gag Grouper Caught with Hookedup Charters
Ceder Key Red Grouper Caught with Hookedup Charters
Ceder Key Red Grouper Caught with Hookedup Charters

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Cedar Key Inshore & Offshore Fishing Reports

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Cedar Key Inshore Fishing Report

There are reports of good numbers and good sizes of redfish have being caught. Mostly on the in coming tide around the cuts and passes and up close to the islands using live shrimp and finger mullet.

The trout are still here but can be a little finicky when the water is above 82 degrees and it’s now 85. Be patient and drift different areas, fishing in 6 to 12 ft of water using 1/4 or 3/8 oz jig heads with shrimp, finger mullet or gulp’s. Also try live pin fish on a popping cork with a 5ft leader.

The mackerel are still here and a lot are being caught out off of sea horse reef, trout are there also and blue fish.

Cobia are still out there and if their around you they are hitting anything you put in front of them.

Cedar Key Offshore Fishing Report

The reports of the red tide in the last few weeks have changed in whats happening. Although we don’t have it here, the groupers are biting better in 38 to 48 ft of water.

The Gag Grouper are here but you have to be patient, when they turn on, catch em as fast as you can,because they seem to turn back off quickly. We have been catching some quality size red grouper, some mangroves and have caught some hog fish on shrimp too. The groupers are biting best on mullet, menhaden and live pins, also sardines and thread fins work too.

The Amber Jacks should be thick till they close season again and we look for the kings to move back in in the next month so.

Till next time, tight lines & safe boating
Captain John Blouse
“Hooked up Charters & Cedar Key Marina II”
This Cedar Key fishing report is from Cedar Key Fishing Guide Hookedup Charters
& Cedar Key Marina II Cedar Key’s Full Service Marina
Cedar Key Grouper
Cedar Key Grouper
A Fishing Party Out of Cedar Key and Their Catch of Grouper
A Fishing Party Out of Cedar Key and Their Catch of Grouper

 

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Cedar Key Offshore “Memorial weekend” Fishing Report

cedar key fishing guideIn 55 to 65 ft of water southwest of Cedar Key, Florida the red grouper are on fire and there are plenty of bait pods around as well. They’re hitting on mostly frozen mullet, northern mackerel and thread-fin herring. We also use live pinfish.

There are also big gag grouper seemly everywhere, but any caught were released unharmed of coarse.

We have been catching about 75 to 100 fish per charter, the fishing is awesome and we’re getting our limit or close to it with some good quality size fish.

We had some half days this weekend too and did real well with sea bass and two keeper red grouper and 1 king fish close in in 32 ft of water.

Till next time, tight lines & safe boating
Captain John blouse
“Hooked up Charters & Cedar Key Marina II”
This Cedar Key fishing report is from Cedar Key Fishing Guide Hookedup Charters
& Cedar Key Marina II Cedar Key’s Full Service Marina
Cedar Key Grouper
Cedar Key Grouper