THEY’RE BA-CK! Kingfish & Cobia, Cedar Key May Fishing Report

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The speckled trout are still biting great on the grass flats in three to four and a half feet of water using popping corks and jig heads with shrimp, gulps, or your favorite soft baits.

The Spanish mackerel are biting good too using the same methods as the trout or with 1/8 oz jig free lining and it helps if you put out a chum bag too.

The redfish are doing well on incoming tides up around the islands, oyster bars and cuts between the bars, using jig heads with shrimp, mud minnows, finger mullet or cut whole mullet.

The cobia showed up pretty good this last weekend around inshore rock piles, channel markers and close reef structures. We had best luck with live pins, but gulp eels on a buck-tail jig and tube lures work well too, they love to chase something moving away from them. We fish two on the bottom and keep pitching a lure and keep a live pin ready to pitch when we spot one, it’s a blast when they crush your bait.

Little Miss. Bell out fishing her dad with this nice redfish
Little Miss. Bell out fishing her dad with this nice redfish
Ms. Loss on the flats with a nice speckled trout
Ms. Loss on the flats with a nice speckled trout
Mr. Emmons with a nice red on a windy day
Mr. Emmons with a nice red on a windy day
Zimmerman crew limiting out on Spanish Mackerel
Zimmerman crew limiting out on Spanish Mackerel

Cedar Key Offshore Fishing Report

The red grouper is still elusive but we expect them to return soon. The gags and snapper have been plentiful but must be released unharmed.

The grunts and sea bass are biting great using squid and sardines.

The kings showed up this week, some people like to slow troll plugs or live bait, we just set out a free line with a frozen threadfin or live bait, while bottom fishing so we do waste time and the kings are generally around good hard bottom & live bottom areas.

The cobia are around as well, so keep a pitch rod ready for when a cobia shows up.

Mr. Gallo and crew with a 40 lb Cobia
Mr. Gallo and crew with a 40 lb Cobia
Nunez crew with a whopper Kingfish
Nunez crew with a whopper Kingfish
Mr. Art with nice 36 lb Cobia
Mr. Art with a very nice 36 lb Cobia

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
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Cedar Key April Fishing Report

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The speckled trout are biting and are on fire on the grass flats using live shrimp or soft baits on jig heads and a popping cork. The best bite seems to be in 4 to 5 ft of water.

The redfish are biting good around the islands and oyster bars, the best bite seems just before and after high tide using live shrimp and mud minnows on a jig head working it on the bottom. If you are getting hung up a lot, change to a cork and a leader just long enough to keep your bait just off the bottom.

We also have Spanish mackerel showing up and one report of a cobia caught.

The speckled trout and the redfish are biting good, the Spanish mackerel and cobia are showing up and the sheepshead are still here

Limiting out on trout in cedar key
Limiting out on trout in Cedar Key

Cedar Key Offshore Fishing Report
The sheepshead are still biting good on the offshore culverts and wrecks, using a knocker rig and shrimp. The Spanish mackerel are showing up also and the sea bass and grunts are biting good on squid and cut sardines.

The gag grouper are biting good but must be released unharmed. We have been struggling to catch red grouper, I have heard there are more grouper in 100 ft. of water. I look for them move in shortly, we have been noticing lots of bait pods on 50 to 60 ft. of water which also means the kings should be getting here soon also.

So get your rigs ready, come on down, the fish are biting and keep trying for kings and cobia while you’re bottom fishing, it won’t be long.

Cedar Key Sheepshead Slayers
Cedar Key Sheepshead Slayers

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

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Also:

A heads up from Captain John & Cedar Key Marina II. A burnt up water pump can ruin your day on the water. Remember to change them out once a year or every 100 hours which ever comes first. And if the motor has been sitting all winter its a good idea to change it out.

And Cedar Key Marina wants to remind you that the FWC is rewarding $100 to people who catch a tagged Spotted Seatrout in Cedar Key

Cedar Key’s End Of January Fishing Report

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The sheepshead are biting good around the piers & docks, using shrimp or fiddler crabs. Most people are using a knocker rig with a 1/0 or 2/0 hook. The speckled trout are biting good too, but better in the afternoon in 4 to 6 ft of water on the grass flats and near the oyster bars. The redfish are more in the back marsh area’s but on the warmer afternoons they make their way out to the shallow oyster bars and up close to the islands. Both the trout and redfish are hitting best on live shrimp & mud minnows or frozen finger mullet and fishing slow with jigheads working them back to you.

Cedar Key Offshore Fishing Report
The sheesphead are starting to bite on the offshore Rock piles & reefs using shrimp and knocker rigs. The sea bass and grunts are hitting great in 20 to 50 ft, using sardines & squid.
The Amber Jacks are on the wrecks using live bait or butterfly jigs. The gag grouper are hitting but you cannot harvest them & please release unharmed. The red grouper are a little harder to find but are in 45 to 60 ft on live bottom areas using live bait or frozen threadfins, sardines and northern mackerel. This cold weather wont last, so come on down and wet a line.

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

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The speckled trout are biting great on the grass flats and seem to be doing best in 4 to 5ft of water using popping corks with a leader about 3.5 ft long and a 1/8 or 1/4oz jighead. Tip them with either live or frozen shrimp, mud minnows or frozen finger mullet, also 5″ gulps and your favorite soft baits work just fine too. Most people are catching their limit and the sizes are good too.
The redfish are biting good too up close to the oyster bars and islands using same baits, but we are having better luck using just the jighead without the popping cork.
The sheephead are bitting to around the docks and rock piles using shrimp or their favorite, fiddler crabs.
This unusually warm winter has got the fish biting like crazy, so come on down!!!

Captain Chelsi's cooler. Nice job for only an hour trip
Captain Chelsi’s cooler. Nice job for only an hour trip
Frank Merillat with a very nice 3 lbs Cedar Key Trout
Frank Merillat with a very nice 3 lbs Cedar Key Trout

Cedar Key Offshore Fishing Report

Now that red grouper, amberjack and gray trigger fish are open we’re looking at catching red grouper in 45 to 60 ft of water and the amberjacks around the wrecks in 60 ft.
The sea bass and grunts will be biting good as well. We are using frozen threadfin’s, sardines and northern mackerel for the grouper, triggers, sea bass and grunts.
The amberjacks love live pinfish or pigfish but they also like diamond and butterfly jigs too.
There still may be some king fish around do to the still warm water so be prepared for those too. I generally just throw a free line out the back with a frozen threadfin while bottom fishing, when you hear the drag screaming pick it up and hold on, WooHoo.

Freeman family and friends with their end of season grouper catch
Freeman family and friends with their end of season grouper catch

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Come on down and enjoy the great weather and great fishing.

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
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