Ended up with 7 nice snapper and 7 nice grouper. we had better luck with menhaden and sardines, than live bait. On the way in we stopped in 70 ft and the red grouper were on fire, we only stayed for 30 minuntes, had to get back in, all were happy and had plenty of fish.
On an half day trip we fished from the edge of Sea Horse reef to out as far as 50 ft in depth. Out past marker 1 on the southeast side of sea horse, in 12-15 ft dept, the mackerel are as thick as thieves.
We just used a chum block, also had 1 or 2 lines on a Cajun Thunder cork, 100# leader, #5 circle hook and 1 or 2 lines using 1/4 oz sinker and the same leader & hook, and we had all the fun you can stand, we caught about 125 lbs of Mack’s, some lady fish, lost a king but had loads of fun.
On our next half day trip trip we headed out for some snapper and grouper, seas were about 4-5ft, so we stopped at 50 ft, we manged to keep 5 Gags and 3 Red Grouper, Sea Bass and the famous Cedar Key Snapper(grunt). The bait was, live pins, cut mackerel, sardines and all of them worked well.
On another half day?trip , tried for some inshore Grouper in 26 ft water, no one home, just a few shorts, but plenty of Cedar Key Snapper and Sea Bass, well till next time.
Good luck and tight lines
This Cedar Key Fishing Report Is From Cedar Key Fishing Guide Captain John of Hookedup Charters