Cedar Key Fishing, From Finicky To Good

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The trout have been a little finicky, but are biting in 6 to 10 feet of water over grass flats and out by the reef and fishing on the bottom, slow jigging with shrimp or gulp baits. The redfish are biting good around the islands and oyster bars, the bite seems best on incoming tide and live baits or mullet also seem to be the best. We also have had a lot of triple tail being caught around markers, buoys and floating debris, using shrimp free lined to them. The sharks are plentiful and a lot of fun too.

Cedar Key Marina Storage Customer Sara With A Nice Speckled Trout
Cedar Key Marina Storage Customer Sara With A Nice Speckled Trout

Cedar Key Offshore Fishing Report
Well, snapper season is over, but they’re still here, just release them unharmed, they’re plentiful in 50 to 80 feet of water on good hard and live bottom areas and they love cut threadfins and sardines. The gags are playing hard to get, but they are in 25 to 80 feet of water, using cut baits and live bait. Some divers have been getting nice hogfish and gags when they won’t bite. The red grouper are also playing hard to get but we are catching some in 50 to 70 feet on live bottom areas. There are still some kings and Cobia around but they’re not so plentiful. We also are still getting some nice sized sea bass in 60 feet of water using sardines.
So come on down and enjoy the fun.

Will With a Nice Red Grouper On a Very Hot Day
Will With a Nice Red Grouper On a Very Hot Day

Till next time “Safe boating n tight lines”
Captain John Blouse“Hooked up Charters & Cedar Key Marina II”

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Everything’s Still Hanging Out & Biting In Cedar Key

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The Speckled Trout are still biting good but have moved to 5 to 8 ft. of water and the Redfish are biting good around the sand bars and islands. Both are hitting on live shrimp, mud minnows and finger mullet.

The Spanish Mackerel seem to be on the grass flats and on the southeast side of seahorse reef in 8 to 10 ft. of water. Use a chum bag and shrimp or cut bait to bring them in.

The sharks are hungry too and the cobia are still here, but there aren’t as there was last month.

M. Hazan with 39 inch Cedar Key Snook
M. Hazan with 39 inch Cedar Key Snook
Capt. Kyle with 2 nice Redfish, caught fishing with friends

Cedar Key Offshore Fishing Report
The Red Grouper are starting to show up in 50 to 60 ft as well as gags and red snapper. They are all hitting on frozen baits, squid and live pinfish.

The King Fish are here too, look for bait pods in 35 to 45 ft. of water, areas south west and west of cedar key have been good.

I look for the cobia to start showing up offshore as well, as they don’t seem to be plentiful in close lately. So keep your pitch rods ready.

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6′ 5″ K. Jones with a nice King Fish
D. Parker with a nice 48lbs Cobia
D. Parker with a nice 48lbs Cobia

 

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
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THEY’RE BA-CK! Kingfish & Cobia, Cedar Key May Fishing Report

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The speckled trout are still biting great on the grass flats in three to four and a half feet of water using popping corks and jig heads with shrimp, gulps, or your favorite soft baits.

The Spanish mackerel are biting good too using the same methods as the trout or with 1/8 oz jig free lining and it helps if you put out a chum bag too.

The redfish are doing well on incoming tides up around the islands, oyster bars and cuts between the bars, using jig heads with shrimp, mud minnows, finger mullet or cut whole mullet.

The cobia showed up pretty good this last weekend around inshore rock piles, channel markers and close reef structures. We had best luck with live pins, but gulp eels on a buck-tail jig and tube lures work well too, they love to chase something moving away from them. We fish two on the bottom and keep pitching a lure and keep a live pin ready to pitch when we spot one, it’s a blast when they crush your bait.

Little Miss. Bell out fishing her dad with this nice redfish
Little Miss. Bell out fishing her dad with this nice redfish
Ms. Loss on the flats with a nice speckled trout
Ms. Loss on the flats with a nice speckled trout
Mr. Emmons with a nice red on a windy day
Mr. Emmons with a nice red on a windy day
Zimmerman crew limiting out on Spanish Mackerel
Zimmerman crew limiting out on Spanish Mackerel

Cedar Key Offshore Fishing Report

The red grouper is still elusive but we expect them to return soon. The gags and snapper have been plentiful but must be released unharmed.

The grunts and sea bass are biting great using squid and sardines.

The kings showed up this week, some people like to slow troll plugs or live bait, we just set out a free line with a frozen threadfin or live bait, while bottom fishing so we do waste time and the kings are generally around good hard bottom & live bottom areas.

The cobia are around as well, so keep a pitch rod ready for when a cobia shows up.

Mr. Gallo and crew with a 40 lb Cobia
Mr. Gallo and crew with a 40 lb Cobia
Nunez crew with a whopper Kingfish
Nunez crew with a whopper Kingfish
Mr. Art with nice 36 lb Cobia
Mr. Art with a very nice 36 lb Cobia

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
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Cedar Key April Fishing Report

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The speckled trout are biting and are on fire on the grass flats using live shrimp or soft baits on jig heads and a popping cork. The best bite seems to be in 4 to 5 ft of water.

The redfish are biting good around the islands and oyster bars, the best bite seems just before and after high tide using live shrimp and mud minnows on a jig head working it on the bottom. If you are getting hung up a lot, change to a cork and a leader just long enough to keep your bait just off the bottom.

We also have Spanish mackerel showing up and one report of a cobia caught.

The speckled trout and the redfish are biting good, the Spanish mackerel and cobia are showing up and the sheepshead are still here

Limiting out on trout in cedar key
Limiting out on trout in Cedar Key

Cedar Key Offshore Fishing Report
The sheepshead are still biting good on the offshore culverts and wrecks, using a knocker rig and shrimp. The Spanish mackerel are showing up also and the sea bass and grunts are biting good on squid and cut sardines.

The gag grouper are biting good but must be released unharmed. We have been struggling to catch red grouper, I have heard there are more grouper in 100 ft. of water. I look for them move in shortly, we have been noticing lots of bait pods on 50 to 60 ft. of water which also means the kings should be getting here soon also.

So get your rigs ready, come on down, the fish are biting and keep trying for kings and cobia while you’re bottom fishing, it won’t be long.

Cedar Key Sheepshead Slayers
Cedar Key Sheepshead Slayers

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

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Also:

A heads up from Captain John & Cedar Key Marina II. A burnt up water pump can ruin your day on the water. Remember to change them out once a year or every 100 hours which ever comes first. And if the motor has been sitting all winter its a good idea to change it out.

And Cedar Key Marina wants to remind you that the FWC is rewarding $100 to people who catch a tagged Spotted Seatrout in Cedar Key