Cedar Key Inshore Fishing Report
With the weather going cold and hot, cold and hot, the trout have been biting off and on. The Best Bite seems to be in 3 to 4ft on the flats, south of snake key, front side of Deadman’s Key and North Key. As usual, using popping corks, 3ft leader and a jig head tipped with shrimp or your favorite soft baits. They have also been biting good around the back marsh area bars and creeks if you can get in and out with these real low tides. The Redfish are back there too, better on an incoming tide and after 12 pm. The water seems warmer then, people are using mud minnows or live shrimp and fishing on the bottom with a knocker rig or just a jig head.
A couple of people caught some nice Spanish mackerel out on the grass flats on the warmer days, that’s good to see.
Inshore forecast: We look for March to warm up and for the Spanish to turn on, the Reds to came back out of the marsh areas and feed on warm afternoons and the trout bite to turn on big time. So get ready, the biggens are about to get hungry and April will be even better.
Cedar Key Offshore Fishing Report
Nearshore (6-10 miles out) the Sheepshead are biting good on the rock piles, culverts and structures using knocker rigs with shrimp or fiddler crabs. The Spanish should be showing any day now. Out about 16-30 miles, the Sea Bass and grunts are hungry, hitting on squid and cut bait, the gags are biting good (gotta release them) on threadfin’s, Northern Mackerel and live baits, they are hungry, we just cant harvest them till June. The red grouper are biting good but still small, but we haven’t checked any deeper than 60’ though. Around some of the wrecks, you can try for some mangrove snapper, the divers seem to have better luck but they are there.
Offshore forecast: As the water temp warms up, we see the Spanish coming in 1st, then the kings. Then in mid/late April the Cobia should be here, close in 1st, then see more offshore. So get your your tackle ready.
Till next time “Safe boating n tight lines”
Trust God n Be Blessed
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, The Big Bends Full Service Marina.