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Cedar Key Inshore & Offshore Fishing Reports

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Cedar Key Inshore Fishing Report

The redfish have been on fire, reports are coming in that you can see them swimming in packs. Fish for them using the same techniques as usual, jig heads tipped with shrimp or mullet or a popping cork with 30# leader and using live shrimp, finger mullet or mud minnows.
They are plentiful around any of the islands and oyster bars. The speckled trout, black drum and mackerel are doing well too. We have also had some tarpon caught and I have seen 2 over 5 feet jump while fishing.

Cedar Key Off Offshore Fishing Report

The red tide issue is about gone, the water clarity is good and lots of bait pods are around. We are catching good sized gags n red grouper in 40 to 50 ft. Using live pins and frozen mullet, thread fins, sardines, northern mackerel and menhaden.
There is still a lot of floating grass, so trolling 30+ plugs can be a problem. We caught a 30lb cobia on Friday, so I look for the kings and cobia to be making another run Thursday so be prepared and always throw a free line out while your bottom fishing, please remember to keep your drag set loose.

 

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
Ceder Key Cobia Caught with Hookedup Charters
Ceder Key Cobia Caught with Hookedup Charters
Ceder Key Gag Grouper Caught with Hookedup Charters
Ceder Key Gag Grouper Caught with Hookedup Charters
Ceder Key Red Grouper Caught with Hookedup Charters
Ceder Key Red Grouper Caught with Hookedup Charters

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Cedar Key Inshore & Offshore Fishing Reports

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Cedar Key Inshore Fishing Report

There are reports of good numbers and good sizes of redfish have being caught. Mostly on the in coming tide around the cuts and passes and up close to the islands using live shrimp and finger mullet.

The trout are still here but can be a little finicky when the water is above 82 degrees and it’s now 85. Be patient and drift different areas, fishing in 6 to 12 ft of water using 1/4 or 3/8 oz jig heads with shrimp, finger mullet or gulp’s. Also try live pin fish on a popping cork with a 5ft leader.

The mackerel are still here and a lot are being caught out off of sea horse reef, trout are there also and blue fish.

Cobia are still out there and if their around you they are hitting anything you put in front of them.

Cedar Key Offshore Fishing Report

The reports of the red tide in the last few weeks have changed in whats happening. Although we don’t have it here, the groupers are biting better in 38 to 48 ft of water.

The Gag Grouper are here but you have to be patient, when they turn on, catch em as fast as you can,because they seem to turn back off quickly. We have been catching some quality size red grouper, some mangroves and have caught some hog fish on shrimp too. The groupers are biting best on mullet, menhaden and live pins, also sardines and thread fins work too.

The Amber Jacks should be thick till they close season again and we look for the kings to move back in in the next month so.

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
A Fishing Party Out of Cedar Key and Their Catch of Grouper
A Fishing Party Out of Cedar Key and Their Catch of Grouper

 

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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