Cedar Key’s January Inshore Fishing Report
The colder weather can sometimes be good & bad. The Redfish seem be more in the back marsh areas now, but then if we get some warmer days they pop back to their regular spots, around the islands, oyster bars and grassy sand bars too. This time of year shrimp or mudminnows seem to work best. Just use a 1/4 oz jig head and fish the bottom.
The Speckled Trout are biting nice in the 3-5′ grass flats south of snake, sea horse and north & dead mans key’s. You can also have good luck near the islands and oyster bars too. The darker bottom can sometimes warm up the water around it and attract bait fish and then the trout follow. Use a popping cork and jig head and live shrimp or your favorite plastic baits. We also try the same rig as for Redfish and slow jig it back to the boat.
The Sheepshead are starting to bite good around the docks, pilings and inshore rock piles, we use a knocker rig w/ a 3/0 hook and live shrimp or fiddler crabs.
We notice the guy’s fishing from the pier like to use chum and sand mixture, send it down and then follow with their line, when you can get them worked up, its easier to catch those bait stealers.
The weather is nice so come on down and try your luck, they sure are tasty too.
Cedar Key’s January Offshore Fishing Report
Well, the Gag season is over but Red’s just opened up. We haven’t been out deep enough to try yet but I bet they are in 50-75 feet. They generally aren’t picky so if you fish on hard live bottom areas you should get a few. The Sea Bass and Grunts are plentiful as always.
The Sheepshead should be at the offshore structures and rock piles and start biting any day now. Usually February & March are great months for them.
The Amberjacks’s are plentiful but you have to release them unharmed as well as the Gags too.
Late winter and early spring are always a good time to look for new spots too. Usually the water is very clear and you can spot good bottom areas and mark and test them out too so come on down and enjoy the new year fishing.
Time to fill your coolers and enjoy the day on the water. As always we’ll keep you posted! 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.