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Cedar Key, Florida Fishing Reports

Late February Cedar Key Fishing Report

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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”
This Cedar Key fishing report is from Cedar Key Fishing Guide Hookedup Charters
& 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”
This Cedar Key fishing report is from Cedar Key Fishing Guide Hookedup Charters
& Cedar Key Marina II Cedar Key’s Full Service Marina
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A Late January’s Catch In Cedar Key, Florida Caught with Hookedup Charters

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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

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”
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& Cedar Key Marina II Cedar Key’s Full Service Marina
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Ceder Key Cobia Caught with Hookedup Charters
Ceder Key Gag Grouper Caught with Hookedup Charters
Ceder Key Gag 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
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A Fishing Party Out of Cedar Key and Their Catch of Grouper

 

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