Cedar Key Florida Inshore Fishing Report
The water temperature is hot and so is the redfish bite. The bait of choice is fresh cut mullet, but shrimp, pinfish and gulps work too. The incoming tide seems best around the islands and oyster bars. The trout are biting good too, but the bite seems best in 5-7′ water. They are also out on the edge of seahorse reef. There have been some cobia and mackerel caught and the tarpon have been plentiful as well and they seem to love mullet. The sharks also have been abundant and some big hammerheads, tigers and bulls, using bigger cut baits.
Cedar Key Florida Offshore Fishing Report
The snapper are still thick at 55-75 feet, we use chum bags and weight them down 30ft and its not long till they swamp the boat, sardines or threadfins seem best. I seem to catch bigger ones free-lining out the back of the boat also. The red grouper are making a good come back, still small but they are biting good. The gags are being a little finicky but it’s hot and we are catching shorts and a few keepers, I look for the bite to pick up better this fall. There are plenty of nice sea bass and grunts too and every trip has produced good catches and has been a lot of fun. So come on down and enjoy a day out on the water.
Cedar Key Inshore Fishing Report
The speckled trout in Cedar Key are biting great on the flats and bar areas and the bite seems better on the incoming tide and in the afternoon.
We should almost be out of cold fronts and that means the redfish will be coming out of the creeks. Live Shrimp, mud minnows and your favorite gulps will work just fine, for now we’re still doing better with jig-heads on the bottom fishing kind of slow. But by mid-march the popping corks will be better. And if we start talking about sheepshead, we have the pictures to prove they’re biting good on rock piles and docks.
Cedar Key Offshore Fishing Report
For the best bet, it’s sheepshead fishing on the offshore reefs and rock piles, we use knocker rig and either live or frozen shrimp. The sea bass and grunts are plentiful in 30 to 60 ft and they bite on anything, but we find cut bait gets the bigger ones. The amberjacks are out on the offshore wrecks and high structure, and they love live pinfish but some jigs will work too. The red snapper are thick but must be released unharmed, as well as the gag’s. The red grouper are still hard to find but we’ve been catching some small ones so hopefully they moving back. Oh, we also been catching a couple of Spanish mackerel while sheepshead fishing, that’s a good sign for early migration.