Dear Captain " I will be in Cedar Key FL and I want to put my son and son in law on some trout, any ideas? "
Thanksgiving is approaching and this is a perfect time to fish for trout and redfish in the Cedar Key area.
Use the following lures and baits for fishing Cedar Key
- Topwater lures: Zarra Spook Jr in bone color or bone and silver
- A Storm Chug Bug any color with white or silver on the bottom
- Mission Fishin Jig heads with some DOA CALS in electric chicken, root beer gold and candy corn
- Berkley gulps any of them will do
- DOA SHRIMP with popping corks
- Live bait you should just have some shrimp from the local bait and tackle
Great Spots to fish in Cedar Key
Sea Horse Reef is excellent (GPS coordinates of N 29 05.275' + W 83 05.253') - Here is why: It is a shallow sand and grass area with a deep water cut through the middle of it. There are some big trout at the reef and topwater lures are a great way to catch them in shallow parts of the reef.
Use the jigs on the drop offs and deeper water. Because of the time of year there should still be many Spanish Mackerel around the reef, so be prepared. You might get cutoff. If you want to catch the mackerel, jump up your leader to about 40 lb and switch over to a #00 or #0 spoon or any shiny quick retrieve lure. Keep your drag loose for the mackerel.
If it is a normal fall and water temperatures are stable, redfish will be at most back country creeks. But an even better bet would be the Corrigan's Reef area (GPS coordinates of N 29 09.0034' + W 82 59.535') There are Oysters, shells, rocks and ridges in the entire area and they hold some nice quality redfish. Use the Gulps - Texas Rigged with no weight and also some with a weight. Work them slow!!
Take some photos of what you get in and send them to us. Be safe, have a good time and tell every fisherman up in Cedar Key about The Online Fisherman.