In 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.
The speckled trout, redfish & black drum, are on fire. They are hitting on live shrimp, gulps, live pin fish and frozen finger mullet. The Spanish Mackerel are here as well and if you like shark fishing, they are here also, one guy caught one over 200lb!
Cedar Key Offshore Fishing Report
The bait pods are in and the king fish are hot. The red grouper are in 40 to 55 ft of water, we had 20 keepers yesterday and about 30 shorts, plus we caught some of the biggest gags I have seen in a long time and we released them unharmed. If you look for more live bottom areas you will catch less gags but they are still fun to catch. I hope to see the Cobia show up in the Cedar Key area in a week or two.
Cedar key Inshore Fishing Report
All of Cedar Key’s grass flats and areas close to the islands are producing nice size trout and redfish. Most anglers are using popping corks and 1/8 oz jig heads, tipped with shrimp, mud minnows or finger mullet. The Spanish mackerel are also in the flats area’s but in water 6ft and deeper, due to the sharp teeth on these fish be sure to use steel leader or you’ll lose them.
Also, near shore in the king fish hole area on the west side of the reef in 20 to 25 ft of water the bait pods are showing up, as well as the kingfish with several kingfish being caught.
Cedar key Offshore Report
We are catching big gag grouper everywhere and of course we must release them. The red grouper are plentiful in 48 to 75 ft of water on hard bottom and live bottom area’s. They are biting good on cut mullet, northern mackerel, thread fin herring and sardines. The Amberjacks are plentiful on the wrecks west of Cedar Key. We are also catching kingfish free lining a thread fin herring while bottom fishing and we’re looking for Cobia to show up with in the next couple of weeks.
Cedar Key Inshore Fishing Report
The Spanish Mackerel are running thick on the flats, them and the speckled or spotted trout are best south east of Snake Key. The red fish are back on the shoals and near all of our islands. We are using Cajun Thunder corks with 40 lb leaders and 1/4 oz jig heads and live shrimp and finger mullet. The red fish really love live mud minnows too. The Sheepshead are still around the docks and the bigger ones are out in 18 to 30 ft on the artificial reefs, we are using trout rods with 40 lb braided line, 1-1.5 oz knocker rig, with live and frozen shrimp. I also like using chum, I make mine with rice, sand, minced clams, clam juice and menhaden oil mixed with salt water, just scoop it over every time they stop biting.
Cedar Key Offshore Fishing Report
The amber jack’s, aka “reef donkey’s”, are thick as thieves out on the wrecks in 58 to 75 ft of water. The “ENDANGERED” gag grouper are every where,from 30 to 75 ft. The red grouper are biting good from 52 to 75 ft, we’re using, Northern Mackerel, thread fins, menhaden, mullet and live pin fish as well. The amber jack’s prefer live pin fish but will bite butterfly jigs too.
I look for the King Fish to show up soon, we haven’t seen a lot of bait pods yet, but we can’t be but a couple of weeks away.