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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Cedar Key’s End Of November Fishing Report

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The trout are biting and are on fire using live shrimp-gulps-finger mullet and live mudminnows on a popping cork with a leaded just long enough to keep it off the bottom and a 1/4 oz jig head.

Cast it out away from boat and pop it, then let it set for a minute, and wham o, fish is on. The grass flat areas at 3 to 5 feet are doing well and the redfish are doing great also. But fish more to the islands and oyster bars, using same baits or fresh cut mullet, they cant resist it.

The sheephead are starting to bite around the piers and rock piles, using fiddler crabs and shrimp, chumming helps too.

November 2015 Winner Of Cedar Marina's Biggest Fish Category
November 2015 Winner Of Cedar Marina’s Biggest Fish Category

Cedar Key Offshore Fishing Report

The gag grouper are biting and are also on fire in 25 to 40 feet of water, using threadfins, live pins and cut mullet or any of your favorite frozen baits, they are hungry. Remember the season for them to keep ends Dec. 3rd. So all grouper except scamp. Are closed after the 3rd of Dec. but they’re still fun to catch and release though.

There were two cobia caught last week and still a couple Kingfish around. The sea bass and grunts are biting good using squid or sardines, using lighter tackle is quite fun.

Mr. Henry Rabell Nice Grouper
Mr. Henry Rabell Nice Grouper

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Till next time “Safe boating n tight lines”
Captain John Blouse
“Hooked up Charters & Cedar Key Marina II”
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Cedar Key’s End Of September Fishing Report

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The redfish are still biting great around the bars and close to all of the islands using jig heads or popping corks with live shrimp or mud minnows and frozen finger or cut whole mullet.

The Speckled trout are starting to bite again and we look for it to get better as the water temperature. goes down as well.

The Spanish mackerel are in too around the deeper grass flats and out on sea horse reef. Be sure to use at least 20 lb wire or 60 lb mono leaders or those toothy critters will bite through your line. We have been using shrimp or cut finger mullet and setting out a chum bag and wait for them to come to us.

There are still plenty of sharks to play with and they are ranging from 2 ft to 5 ft in length, just set out a chum bag and rig your line with at least 80 lb wire and a 7 to 10/0 hook with most any kind of frozen bait you prefer, I like cut whole mullet, menhaden or threadfin herring.

A Huge Cedar Key Redfish
A Huge Cedar Key Redfish
Jad Mansour & Robin Hallbrook with some nice Redfish
Jad Mansour & Robin Hallbrook with some nice Redfish

Cedar Key Offshore Fishing Report

The grouper bite is still slow but some days they are doing well. The gag grouper are in 25 ft to 60 ft and the red grouper seem to be in 45 ft to 60 ft. They seem to be hitting best on threadfin herring, sardines and cut mullet or live pinfish. I look for the bite to really pick up here soon, as the water temp went to 78 deg last week.

The Spanish are around in 10 to 30 ft and I haven’t caught a King yet this September but they should be here. We still have been catching mahi mahi in 50 to 60 ft, so keep some small tackle ready with 3 to 5/0 hooks and NO WEIGHT, when you see em, start chunking cut bait and cast away and have fun.

Nice Gag Grouper Caught Off Cedar Key, Florida
Nice Gag Grouper Caught Off Cedar Key, Florida
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

Cedar Key’s End Of August Fishing Report

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Cedar Key Inshore Fishing Report

The redfish are bitting and are on fire. They are hitting topwater baits, live shrimp, mudminnows, cut mullet and gulp baits. Fish around the islands and bars, incoming or outgoing tides seem to be best. The trout are tough but seem to be more in deeper water since the water temp is high, be patient, they are not super active right now. The sharks are also plentiful and fun to catch.

Art Mowery With A Fine Cedar Key Redfish
Art Mowery With A Fine Cedar Key Redfish
Jad Mansours With His First Cobia
Jad Mansours With His First Cobia

Cedar Key Offshore Fishing Report

The gag grouper and red grouper seem to be biting best at 45-60 feet. They are not biting like they should but we are rebounding from are bad red tide issue from last year. A few people reported some king fish are moving in and there is a lot of huge bait pods, so we look for them and the Spanish mackerel anytime now.

McCormick Fishing Charter
McCormick Fishing Charter
So come on down and enjoy our island paradise. 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