Cedar Key Florida Inshore Fishing Report
The Cedar Key redfish are on fire and they seem to like this fairly hot weather. Using gulps, shrimp and cut mullet seems to be on their diet. Fish the oyster bars, cuts and up close to the islands. The incoming tide seems best and moving water is important, plus you got-ta have enough water to get up close to them.
The trout are a little scare-ish right now, but being in 5 to 8 feet of water on the grass flats and out off the edge of sea horse reef seems to be working. People are getting results using popper corks and just a jig head, slow jigging off the bottom, they’re also using gulps and shrimp.
A few mackerel have been caught and some triple tail. The tarpon have been jumping all over the place and people are having fun catching and releasing them. The sharks are plentiful and super fun to catch, we have seen a lot of 5 ft plus being caught as well.
Cedar Key Florida Offshore Fishing Report
Well, the snapper have been awesome this year, the season closes September 4th, but they will be fun to catch and release. Please use circle hooks and release them unharmed, they are a wonderful resource for us.
The gag grouper have been tough to catch and harvest over 24”, but we are catching plenty under sized in 25 ft to 60 ft. The red grouper are really plentiful but with the same issue, just not big enough. I look for this fall and next season to be a banner year, they are healthy and rebounding from the bad red tide a couple years ago.
The kings should be coming thru late September and October. The grunts and sea bass are biting very well and are great table fare. We are still catching a couple of cobia, but I’m not sure if they’re coming back thru or they’re residents.
If you want a tug of war, the Goliath groupers are fun to play with, but you better have some stout tackle.
Cedar Key Inshore Fishing Report
The Cedar Key speckled trout are on fire on the grass flats in 3.5 to 5 feet of water. We’re using popping corks and a 1/4oz jig head with live shrimp or gulp baits. Keep it just off the bottom, we usually drift some till we start catching pretty steady, then go back and anchor.
The redfish can get challenging in winter, they like to move back to the warmer creeks in the Marsh area but you can still get them in the afternoon on your favorite bar areas. The Sheepshead are biting now around the pilings and inshore Rock piles, using shrimp or fiddler crabs, use a jig heads heavy enough to get to the bottom and be ready, they are tricky. We look for the bigger breeders to be biting on offshore rock piles late in January thru March.
Cedar Key Offshore Fishing Report
Well, the gag grouper season is shut down now and the red grouper season is open but they have been hard to find. Amberjack season is open now and they’re plentiful around wrecks and offshore structure. The red snapper are very plentiful and you must release them unharmed, but they’re still fun to catch. The sea bass are biting great and the bigger ones seem to be in 45 to 55 feet of water but there are plenty in 25 to 30 feet as well. And of course the grunts are always hungry and good to eat. It’s worth checking your favorite sheepshead spots, they should be biting very soon and they’re great to eat. We make some chum out of canned clams and mackerel, rice, sand, menhaden oil and salt water, stir up and spoon over board. It can turn them on for you.