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  • Sharks have returned to Cedar Key

    The water temperatures have slipped into the low seventies this past week and with the warmer temps more species have returned. Spanish mackerel catches are more common each week, and several species of sharks have returned to our local waters. I would like to report one particular blacktip shark who is not observing the fifteen inch minimum on spotted seatrout as it ate two short trout within a few feet of my vessel last Thursday. Good luck digesting the leadhead jigs that were included in those meals.

  • Captain's Log for the week of 2-25-16

    What a beautiful time of the year! It is so exciting to see the farmers getting watermelon fields ready to plant, the red maple are showing off their spring colors by adding a striking crimson to the area forests, and the redbuds are blooming everywhere.

  • Captain's Log for the week of 2-18-16

    Good news this week for grouper fishermen. The FWC has announced that gag grouper season will start June 1 this year. Previously gag season started on July 1.

    Part of the thinking on this change was the amount of discard gag grouper caught by fishermen targeting red grouper during the closed gag season. Additionally, the minimum size limit for both gag and black grouper will be increased to a 24 inch minimum. The new size limit for the Gulf will now be the same as on the Atlantic side of the state.

  • Lukens Tract poses dilemma

    Four years ago when the Suwannee River Water Management District was buying the Lukens Tract to prevent it from being developed and to preserve the area’s pristine waters for aquaculture, it cut out 20 acres that had once been home to a dump.

    It’s understandable that the water district did not want to buy into a problem.

    But the water district finds itself snagged in another problem.

  • Good weather and good fishing make good times

    Hey everyone hope you all are enjoying this awesome weather. It's full on fall and it is feeling good.

    The fish are changing along with the weather as well. It's looking really nice for this weekend's Festival. It's some of the nicest weather of the year and can be some of the best fishing as well.

      We have some of the nicest folks from around the world visiting our lil town this week.

  • Pirate 'n' fish galore

    Hello to all the Cedar Key followers and the visiting invasive Pirates.

    I hope everyone enjoys this li'l shot of cool air and lack of rain. It should be the nicest week of the fall to this point. And I imagine that most, as myself, welcome it.

  • Elite Redfish season comes to an end

    Happy pre-Labor Day Weekend.

    I'm hoping this weather holds for everyone's outdoor plans. I have taken this weekend off for the first time in 14 years. I will be spending the time on the rivers and springs but will kick the work week off on Monday.

    The Elite Redfish Challenge held its season ending events this past weekend. The final results in the Team of the Year was Team Eupro Jeremey Heimes and Travis Hancock with a 1.2l pound lead on Team B and S Trailers Danny Allen and Dwyane Harrington.

  • Don't forget to stay hydrated on the water

    Hello fellow island and fishing folks. Today we are gonna talk about some serious situation that can and may happen while fishing in the summer in Cedar key or any other body of water.

    As I started my trip at daylight last Saturday it was super hot as I started gathering bait I started to sweat immediately. There was no wind at all and which caused my skin to leak ALOT!

  • Nice weekend weather

    Well Cedar Key folks and visitors ended up with quite a nice weekend of weather. The beach and park was busy and water was very busy Saturday lots of folks came in to visit for the day and enjoy mother nature as she was taking it easy on us for a change. We had a great bite most of the time due to a great incoming tide. Water temperatures stayed around 83 most of the days and that has helped tremendously.

  • Capt'n Danny survives rainy season

    Hi. Hi. Hello everybody!

    Hope you are finding ways to cope with the rain; it's a little Mother Nature attitude it seems. Our water tables should be in good and the biggest thing it did was change our slow redfish bite into a good redfish bite.

    We went from low- to mid-90s water temps to low- to mid-80s so that was enough to spark a chew in the flats something us guys in Cedar Key needed. We were a little beside ourselves for a month or so. But we are in heaven.

    We have what Cedar Key is known for: Good times and great fishing.