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     Hey folks, it's been cold and windy here in Cedar Key, Florida for a few days now. It's January 16th, 2021 and we are catching speckled trout around these keys and grassy flats. It takes a little patience and technique to pull trout out off the flats in the colder times of the year. The water temperature was 50 degrees F last trip out. Thats real cold. The fish aren't as active. They move a little slower. Not as fast to bite. I'm not tossing out shrimp on a float and letting that hang down in the water to the tops of the grasses,as I do in the warmer seasons, I tie a soft plastic bait on a 1.5 foot fluorocarbon leader and drag or bounce it across the bottom thru the grass real slow. When the water temps are below 60 degrees that method of trout fishing is great. If you haven't tried that yet, give it a try. I've used the 'Gulp' 3in. Sugar and spice glow shrimp ( the glow is from little specks embedded in the lure that give off a brightness down in the dark green water to attract the attention of some of those big plump trout hunting around down there). I'm allready looking forward to spring fishing when the air and water temperature warms up and the Cedar Key area explodes with fish over the flats and at the opening of creeks and around all the oyster bars. If you can pick one of those warm witnter days with bright sunshine and light wind, lets go fishin'. I'm ready with my 24ft. comfortable, accommodating pontoon vessel with all the right gear you'll need. If it's too cold right now, Spring is real close and you can call me at 352-221-5463 and we'll find a good day to float out and around the keys here in Cedar Key,Florida and catch redfish, speckled trout, mangrove snapper(you know, those little tasty ones), and all the species that come here in the Springtime of the year. I'll be ready everyday,thanks Capt. Dan

   Lisa from Pennsylvania



 Mitch Wilburn from Knoxville, Tenn. with a 24in. redfish 

 Below is Kate from Alaska with a 26.5in. trout.


  A 4 hour fishing trip for 1 to 5 folks is $350. 5 people is the maximum. I'll provide all the fishing gear you'll need and  fishing license too,then fillet your catch back at the dock . Call me at 352-221-5463 and schedule a trip. Capt. Dan

 Below is our pontoon boat with lots of room and a smooth and quiet Yamaha 4 stroke.


Above, 6 year old Will Wertenberger stands next to his 22.5in. seatrout as father Nevin holds it for photo.


Above, Fionnuala San Juan makes the Irish proud with her big trout

Come fish with me aboard a spacious 24ft pontoon in the unspoiled fishing grounds of Cedar Key Florida.


everybody catches fish

  Below is your captain holding up a 26.5in redfish.


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Stay in luxury overlooking Cedar Key backwaters at 'Old Fennimore Inn'


 A Red too big. We had to release Don Hyland's redfish after this pic. It was 1 in. over the legal limit of 27in.


 Above, Doug Cole of Chiefland, Fl. holds up a 38in. bullred he caught on warm day. A quick picture and measurement and I slipped him back into his world to breed some more. 


Bob Seguin hoists this 40 lb Drum for picture in one of my favorite inshore spots.

Authentic old Florida lodging at Cedar Key Bed and Breakfast