Cedar Key’s April Inshore Fishing Report
The Speckled Trout are biting and they’re on fire. As usual, you can use popping corks, jig heads and live shrimp or your favorite plastic baits. Look South of Snake Key, the east & west bank, the front and the back sides of North Key are great and the grass flat areas in 3 to 5 ft of water.
The Redfish are biting good too, up close to the islands and oyster bars, using a knocker rig with shrimp, cut mullet or mud minnows seems to be best, plus an in-coming or out-going tide produces the best feeding times. The Sheepshead are still around the docks and rock piles but will soon stop. The Spanish Mackerels are starting to show up, with this warmer weather, the water temp should warm up and attract the bait fish, then the Spanish & King Fish will follow, then the Cobia should show up soon too.
Cedar Key’s April Offshore Fishing Report
The Sheepshead are still biting but not as great as its been and it will stop soon. The Gag Grouper are biting good, but you must release unharmed. The Amer Jacks are biting good, but you can’t keep them until May1st. They’re still a lot of fun to catch and release. The Red Grouper are still kinda hard to find, we believe there’s better luck in 75-80′ of water.
The Spanish Mackerels are showing up, so the King Mackerels will be close behind in 30-45′ on the live bottom & rocky areas. Look for bait pods and you will generally have some luck. We look for the Cobia to show up soon too, they generally start out close to shore areas and markers, they can’t resist live pinfish but a bucktail jig and a long eel or plastic worm will entice them to bite too. The Grunts and Sea Bass are always plentiful and great table fare too.
The water is warming up and the fish are hungry and we are getting closer to any day for all of our species to be back and fish coming into season.
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.