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Cedar Key Offshore “Memorial weekend” Fishing Report

cedar key fishing guideIn 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.

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
Cedar Key Grouper

Late April Cedar Key Inshore & Offshore Fishing Reports

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Cedar Key Inshore Fishing Report

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.

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 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.

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

 

Amber Jack Caught with Hookedup Charters
Amber Jack Caught with Hookedup Charters
And Another Amber Jack
And Another Amber Jack
The Lady and the Red Grouper
The Lady and the Red Grouper
From a Day's Trip At Cedar Key Marina
From a Day’s Trip At Cedar Key Marina

Cedar Key Offshore Fishing Report

cedar key fishing guideThe Gag Grouper are biting great in 24 to 35 ft of water around live bottom and rocky areas, the kingfish hole area west of Sea Horse reef is producing good fish, some up to 30″.

The Kingfish are starting to move south but the Sea Bass and Spanish Mackerel are biting good. Red Grouper are biting too and are as close as 40 feet but they seem to like a little deeper water.

All groupers are biting good on live pins and frozen threadfin, sardines, northern mackerel and menhaden.

It’s also a good time to troll stretch 25 & 30′s around to find new spots and then anchor up and fish. Be patient, the biting will be on and off, I just move around and pick up few then move. Come on down and catch’em while there hot, Gag Grouper season closes in December 4th with December 3rd being the last day of the season.

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Till next time, tight lines & safe boating
Captain John blouse
 
This Cedar Key fishing report is from Cedar Key Fishing Guide Hookedup Charters
Nice Gag Grouper Caught With Hookedup Charters
Nice Gag Grouper Caught With Hookedup Charters

Cedar Key Florida Offshore Fishing Report

cedar key fishing guideThe Gag Grouper are biting and are on fire in 30 to 45 feet of water and Red Grouper are biting from 40 to 60 ft.

The Kingfish are biting good in 25 to 35 ft as well, we landed a 40 lb’r this weekend.

Look for live them on hard bottom area’s, you can also fish around, but not to close, to stone crab pots,  buoys, which will be in those areas. Live pinfish seem to be the bait of choice and dancer crabs, but threadfin herring and northern mackerel and cut bait is working as well.

Also, just on the edges of sea horse reef, the Spanish mackerel are biting and are on fire as well. Some like to troll spoons, and others just sit, put chum bag out and fish on the bottom with 1/2 oz sinker and wire leader and using a float with a 6 ft 100lb leaded, using shrimp, finger mullet or cut bait.

In the next few weeks, the sea bass should be biting and in larger sizes as the water temp drops.

Till next time, tight lines & safe boating
Captain John blouse
This Cedar Key  Florida fishing report is from Cedar Key Fishing Guide Hookedup Charters
Captain John With A Cedar Key Kingfish
Captain John With A Cedar Key Kingfish