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 It's mid February 2018 and warm and clear with light winds. Thats been the daily weather situation down here in Cedar Key, Florida for just about a month now. The water temperature was down to a chilly 55 degrees and chased all the bait fish away. That leaves no fish to catch. It happens every year and we usually have to wait until the water warms up a bit around the end of March. Not so this year. The water temp is up real good. Thursday Feb. 16th the water was a warm 68 degees F. Warm enough to bring the speckled trout back to feed on the 'flats' near Cedar Key, Fl. The flats are large areas of 3ft. to 4ft. of grass and sandy bottom. Excellent habitat for small fish to grow up in and predator fish to feed on. It seems like and early spring season with air and water so warm, but I'm still a little cautious. I can remember April 8 2007, it was 34 degees F. We could still get a cold front or two and cool off the coastal waters around here and chase those big plump trout out of here. But for now I'm going fishing and catchin' trout in the clear water with a warm breeze across the deck of my 24ft. pontoon boat. Swivel fishing seats fore and aft and plenty comfortable. A new Yamaha 4 stroke and all the fishing gear you'll need. Call me at 352-221-5463 and we'll pick a great day and go out angle some. I'll fillet 'em all back at the dock and you can eat fresh fish you caught that evening. thanks, Capt. Dan


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 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