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.
So come on down, enjoy the fun and stop by the marina for your Cedar Key fishing supplies and daily current fishing details!
Till next time “Safe boating n tight lines”
Captain John Blouse“Hooked up Charters & Cedar Key Marina II”