Cedar Key Inshore Fishing Report
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!!!
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.
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