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Old 01-26-2019, 03:01 PM
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So headed to Cedar Key in April with my wife and daughter. My 9yo has become a fishing nut...like dad...wants to fish all the time! Its a great thing. Talked to one captain, said grouper isn't open at that time yet. Anyone out there have any captains the could recommend? We have one day booked..but looking for a recommendation for a 2nd day. Redfish and such would be nice. Tripletail would be different for us as well.

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Old 01-26-2019, 04:36 PM
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I can suggest someone in Steinhatchee or St Marks, but not Cedar Key- at that point you should be getting trout, reds, spanish, bluefish, and cobia.
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Old 01-26-2019, 05:03 PM
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Call marina hardware in cedar key and ask the guy which one he would go with. They always have a bunch of guide business cards in there. I used to know a couple of the guides down there but not anymore.

Trout - redfish. Spanish mackerel on seahorse reef if weather decent.
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Old 01-26-2019, 05:15 PM
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I've fished Cedar Key for 30 years.

In April:
spec trout on the grass flats
redfish along oyster bars
Spanish macs on Seahorse reef (not a reef, but a big sandbar)
king mackerel over live bottom and chasing bait schools from 20 ft depths to as deep as you wan to go
cobia near channel markers and over artificial reefs

April can be windy
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Old 01-26-2019, 05:20 PM
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When in April will you be there? That is my home port and I would be happy take you and your daughter out for a day of offshore catch and release on grouper & red snapper and will guarantee all the giant Amberjack you want to catch. As stated the cobia will be in and we could pick some up on some of the offshore wrecks. You won’t need anything but a lunch and drinks. I have everything else and more. We’ll also be in a SeaCraft.
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Old 01-27-2019, 05:33 AM
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Thanks for the info!
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Old 01-27-2019, 07:01 AM
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Carl Robinson, really nice guy who owns a fish market and restaurant there as well.

Eat at his restaurant, very good.

Cedar Key Fishing Guide, Robinson Fishing Charters in Cedar Key Florida
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I recall seeing Robinsons on the way in there last year when we drove in. Will have to check that out for sure. MY 9yo daughter wants to try to down a 50 pc cedar key clam plate all alone..lol
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I was down there and did 3 inshore half days with Capt Jim Keith. Fishcedarkey.com
Had an absolule blast sight fishing for tripletail on the flats. Also, had never actually watched a speckled trout chase a Mirro Lure. Water is super clear.
Jim and his son Jimbo have it dialed in down there. Nice guys and should be good with kids. Their FB page is updated regularly.
On a side note, have the kid do some research on the clam farming there and stop by one of the clam houses.

Sight fishing the tripletail on the flats without having to worry about getting hung up in a piling or crab trap was near the top of my fishing experiences. Lost count after a while.
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Ill be fishing there Saturday. Ill give you a report. Need to fill up on Tonys clam chowder.
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Oh yea...Tonys is awesome.
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Old 01-29-2019, 05:54 AM
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Originally Posted by GMW View Post
I was down there and did 3 inshore half days with Capt Jim Keith. Fishcedarkey.com
Had an absolule blast sight fishing for tripletail on the flats. Also, had never actually watched a speckled trout chase a Mirro Lure. Water is super clear.
Sight fishing the tripletail on the flats without having to worry about getting hung up in a piling or crab trap was near the top of my fishing experiences. Lost count after a while.
What time of year was this. I'm in Steinhatchee Jan, Feb & March and plan to come back for a week in May. Have been thinking about pulling my boat to CK and fish for a day.
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Old 01-29-2019, 06:19 AM
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Captain Jimbo Keith, his dad Jim Keith, or Steven Keith will put you on some fish for sure. Tripletail will likely not be in town in April, they're usually a summer fish that likes hot water. You never know though. The trout and redfish bite ought to be really good.
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I am very good friends with the Keith's. They are some of the finest people on the planet and will put you on fish.
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Who sells live shrimp in town? And are the new oyster reefs in town holding fish? My son in law is building them over the next eight years.
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I remember walking down along the waterfront....the tackle shop there had a sign.
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On the way into CK a place called Herschels sells live shrimp. They also sell one of the best bacon/lettuce/tomato sandwiches around. If you get shrimp, it's almost a requirement to get a BLT also.
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How popular is CK in general? I started to fall in love with the town last year when I visited for the couple days....we decided to do our family vacation there this April as I had said above. Just curious
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Originally Posted by wyldbillnj View Post
How popular is CK in general? I started to fall in love with the town last year when I visited for the couple days....we decided to do our family vacation there this April as I had said above. Just curious
There is a real mix in Cedar Key. Lots of baymen.Im sure there where plenty of Trump banners in town back in 2016. It has a art twist also. And good food.Lots of mud. Its the kind of town I love to visit but wouldnt want to make it my permanent residence. Join the Eagles Club if you want to see deep within the vein.
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Originally Posted by bhc6085 View Post
What time of year was this. I'm in Steinhatchee Jan, Feb & March and plan to come back for a week in May. Have been thinking about pulling my boat to CK and fish for a day.
It was in late May/early June.
My wife saw an article in a magazine and we had and extra week of vacation so we went.
Great place to sit around and do nothing. Old hotel in town that has a bar in the back of the restaurant. Locals place with 2 guys playing guitars. One of them owned a clam house in town.
Did i mention sight fishing tripletail on the flats? Hot Damn!
Not much happening but I would go back. Flew into Orlando - cheaper - and drove. Beautiful countryside -
Jim and Jimbo Keith know what they are doing.
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