The wind finally stop blowing and we headed out of Cedar Key at about 7:30 am with the water temperature at the dock at 68 degrees, when we crossed the reef it was 70 degrees and out at 45 feet it was 67 degrees.
The gags were biting but then all of a sudden the bite shut down. We didn?t have live bait and I’m positive that would have made a big difference.
We lost a couple nice ones with a free line behind the boat. With a threadfin on a kingfish rig we got hit two times and got 1- 20 plus pounder in the boat.
After that we moved inward since it was a 1/2 day trip, we then stopped in 35 ft to see what was happening, and the grouper were biting, we got one keeper grouper, grunts and sea bass.
We also lost another king there but for a couple hours fishing and traveling it wasn?t bad and in another week the water will be perfect for grouper fishing at 30-45 ft.
Although live bait in shallow water is always the good bet.
Good luck and tight lines
This Cedar Key Fishing Report Is From Cedar Key Fishing Guide Captain John of Hookedup Charters