Cedar Key’s End Of January Fishing Report

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The sheepshead are biting good around the piers & docks, using shrimp or fiddler crabs. Most people are using a knocker rig with a 1/0 or 2/0 hook. The speckled trout are biting good too, but better in the afternoon in 4 to 6 ft of water on the grass flats and near the oyster bars. The redfish are more in the back marsh area’s but on the warmer afternoons they make their way out to the shallow oyster bars and up close to the islands. Both the trout and redfish are hitting best on live shrimp & mud minnows or frozen finger mullet and fishing slow with jigheads working them back to you.

Cedar Key Offshore Fishing Report
The sheesphead are starting to bite on the offshore Rock piles & reefs using shrimp and knocker rigs. The sea bass and grunts are hitting great in 20 to 50 ft, using sardines & squid.
The Amber Jacks are on the wrecks using live bait or butterfly jigs. The gag grouper are hitting but you cannot harvest them & please release unharmed. The red grouper are a little harder to find but are in 45 to 60 ft on live bottom areas using live bait or frozen threadfins, sardines and northern mackerel. This cold weather wont last, so come on down and wet a line.

Till next time “Safe boating n tight lines”
Captain John Blouse
“Hooked up Charters & Cedar Key Marina II”
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Cedar Key’s End Of December Fishing Report

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The speckled trout are biting great on the grass flats and seem to be doing best in 4 to 5ft of water using popping corks with a leader about 3.5 ft long and a 1/8 or 1/4oz jighead. Tip them with either live or frozen shrimp, mud minnows or frozen finger mullet, also 5″ gulps and your favorite soft baits work just fine too. Most people are catching their limit and the sizes are good too.
The redfish are biting good too up close to the oyster bars and islands using same baits, but we are having better luck using just the jighead without the popping cork.
The sheephead are bitting to around the docks and rock piles using shrimp or their favorite, fiddler crabs.
This unusually warm winter has got the fish biting like crazy, so come on down!!!

Captain Chelsi's cooler. Nice job for only an hour trip

Captain Chelsi’s cooler. Nice job for only an hour trip

Frank Merillat with a very nice 3 lbs Cedar Key Trout

Frank Merillat with a very nice 3 lbs Cedar Key Trout

Cedar Key Offshore Fishing Report

Now that red grouper, amberjack and gray trigger fish are open we’re looking at catching red grouper in 45 to 60 ft of water and the amberjacks around the wrecks in 60 ft.
The sea bass and grunts will be biting good as well. We are using frozen threadfin’s, sardines and northern mackerel for the grouper, triggers, sea bass and grunts.
The amberjacks love live pinfish or pigfish but they also like diamond and butterfly jigs too.
There still may be some king fish around do to the still warm water so be prepared for those too. I generally just throw a free line out the back with a frozen threadfin while bottom fishing, when you hear the drag screaming pick it up and hold on, WooHoo.

Freeman family and friends with their end of season grouper catch

Freeman family and friends with their end of season grouper catch

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Till next time “Safe boating n tight lines”
Captain John Blouse
“Hooked up Charters & Cedar Key Marina II”
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& Cedar Key Marina II Cedar Key’s Full Service Marina
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Cedar Key’s End Of November Fishing Report

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The trout are biting and are on fire using live shrimp-gulps-finger mullet and live mudminnows on a popping cork with a leaded just long enough to keep it off the bottom and a 1/4 oz jig head.

Cast it out away from boat and pop it, then let it set for a minute, and wham o, fish is on. The grass flat areas at 3 to 5 feet are doing well and the redfish are doing great also. But fish more to the islands and oyster bars, using same baits or fresh cut mullet, they cant resist it.

The sheephead are starting to bite around the piers and rock piles, using fiddler crabs and shrimp, chumming helps too.

November 2015 Winner Of Cedar Marina's Biggest Fish Category

November 2015 Winner Of Cedar Marina’s Biggest Fish Category

Cedar Key Offshore Fishing Report

The gag grouper are biting and are also on fire in 25 to 40 feet of water, using threadfins, live pins and cut mullet or any of your favorite frozen baits, they are hungry. Remember the season for them to keep ends Dec. 3rd. So all grouper except scamp. Are closed after the 3rd of Dec. but they’re still fun to catch and release though.

There were two cobia caught last week and still a couple Kingfish around. The sea bass and grunts are biting good using squid or sardines, using lighter tackle is quite fun.

Mr. Henry Rabell Nice Grouper

Mr. Henry Rabell Nice Grouper


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Till next time “Safe boating n tight lines”
Captain John Blouse
“Hooked up Charters & Cedar Key Marina II”
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& Cedar Key Marina II Cedar Key’s Full Service Marina
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Cedar Key’s End Of September Fishing Report

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The redfish are still biting great around the bars and close to all of the islands using jig heads or popping corks with live shrimp or mud minnows and frozen finger or cut whole mullet.

The Speckled trout are starting to bite again and we look for it to get better as the water temperature. goes down as well.

The Spanish mackerel are in too around the deeper grass flats and out on sea horse reef. Be sure to use at least 20 lb wire or 60 lb mono leaders or those toothy critters will bite through your line. We have been using shrimp or cut finger mullet and setting out a chum bag and wait for them to come to us.

There are still plenty of sharks to play with and they are ranging from 2 ft to 5 ft in length, just set out a chum bag and rig your line with at least 80 lb wire and a 7 to 10/0 hook with most any kind of frozen bait you prefer, I like cut whole mullet, menhaden or threadfin herring.

A Huge Cedar Key Redfish

A Huge Cedar Key Redfish

Jad Mansour & Robin Hallbrook with some nice Redfish

Jad Mansour & Robin Hallbrook with some nice Redfish

Cedar Key Offshore Fishing Report

The grouper bite is still slow but some days they are doing well. The gag grouper are in 25 ft to 60 ft and the red grouper seem to be in 45 ft to 60 ft. They seem to be hitting best on threadfin herring, sardines and cut mullet or live pinfish. I look for the bite to really pick up here soon, as the water temp went to 78 deg last week.

The Spanish are around in 10 to 30 ft and I haven’t caught a King yet this September but they should be here. We still have been catching mahi mahi in 50 to 60 ft, so keep some small tackle ready with 3 to 5/0 hooks and NO WEIGHT, when you see em, start chunking cut bait and cast away and have fun.

Nice Gag Grouper Caught Off Cedar Key, Florida

Nice Gag Grouper Caught Off Cedar Key, Florida

Till next time “Safe boating n tight lines”
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