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Fishing charters in Cedar Key, FL

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Whether you are looking for a family getaway or an offshore fishing adventure, Cedar Key fishing charters will put you in the best spots.

There are a plenty of options for your next fishing trip near Cedar Key. Local waters a playground for Redfish, Southern Flounder, Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, and many more.

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Inshore fishing charters in Cedar Key

Inshore fishing is one of Cedar Key's key attractions. Bays, inlets, and shallow flats provide excellent fishing opportunities for a relaxing outing.

Depending on the season, you can catch Redfish, Southern Flounder, Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, and many more.

Inshore fishing trips are good for families with kids, couples, and small groups of friends.

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Inshore fishing trip prices

On average, the base price for a private 4-hour inshore fishing charter is $436 for 2 anglers. An extra angler fee is $50. Fishing charters can accommodate 4-6 anglers depending on the size of the vessel.

$200 is the lowest price for a 2-hour inshore fishing trip in Cedar Key.

There are about 41 fishing guides in Cedar Key and nearby cities. So you'll have plenty of options to find your next fishing break.

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Best time for inshore fishing

August, May and September are the best months for inshore fishing near Cedar Key.

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Offshore fishing charters in Cedar Key

Cedar Key is a great starting point for offshore trips. There are a number of fishing opportunities at its doorstep, making it a true fishing paradise.

There are a lot of options for your next fishing trip near Cedar Key. These waters a home to Cobia, King Mackerel, Red Snapper, Gag Grouper, and many more.

Offshore fishing trips are good for experienced anglers, groups for friends, and those who want to reel in a bigger catch. Be ready to travel into the federal waters miles off the coast.

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Offshore fishing trip prices

$682 is the average base price for a private 4-hour offshore fishing charter and 2 anglers. An extra person fee is $50. Fishing charters can accommodate 2-6 anglers depending on the size of the craft.

$350 is the lowest price for a 4-hour offshore fishing trip in Cedar Key.

You can find more than 29 fishing companies in Cedar Key and nearby cities. So you'll have a lot of options to book your next fishing trip.

Tip: It’s better to take a 6-hour or 8-hour offshore fishing trip for the best fishing experience. Offshore fishing spots are away from the coast, so you will need some time to get there.

Standard tips are 15-20% of the price you paid for your charter if the crew did a good job.

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Best time for offshore fishing

The best time to go offshore fishing in Cedar Key are considered to be August, May and September.

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Family-friendly fishing charters in Cedar Key

Cedar Key family-friendly fishing charters provide trips for anglers of all ages. Local Captains know a lot about the species of fish you will be targeting. They can answer your questions about fishing and show you various fishing techniques.

You can fish in the inland waters during the fishing trip. Inland waters provide consistent fishing even on windy days.

Family-friendly fishing trip prices

If you are planning a vacation to Cedar Key, take a quick 4-hour inshore fishing charter. Your kids will learn something new and won’t get tired.

On average, the base price for a private 4-hour family-friendly fishing charter is $436 for 2 anglers. Add $50 for each additional person. Fishing charters can accommodate 2-6 anglers depending on the size of the craft.

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Shark fishing charters in Cedar Key

A wide variety of sharks are found in the waters near Cedar Key, making it a perfect destination for shark fishing. Cedar Key shark fishing charters are experienced in targeting various species of sharks.

Cedar Key is home to many different shark species: Blacktip Shark, Bull Shark, Bonnethead Shark, and many more.

Note: some shark species are considered prohibited in Florida and cannot be kept as a trophy. These sharks have to be released. Fishing charter Captains will help you with shark identification.

Sharks inhabit inshore and deep water near reef dropoffs. Pups and juveniles occur in shallow waters, while larger sharks can be found in offshore waters.

Sharks will eat almost any live bait. Mullet, Little Tunny, Blue Runner, and Ladyfish would be the perfect bait for shark fishing. Fishing charters prepare the bait depending on what shark species you want to catch.

Shark fishing trip prices

$522 is the average base price for a private 4-hour shark fishing charter and 2 anglers. An extra person fee is $50. Captains can take 4-6 anglers depending on the length of the boat.

There are more than 13 fishing companies in Cedar Key and nearby cities. So you'll have a variety of options for your next fishing adventure.

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Best time for shark fishing in Cedar Key

Sharks are active all year round. The best months for targeting sharks in Cedar Key are from March through October.

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Tarpon fishing charters in Cedar Key

Cedar Key is one of the best Tarpon fishing destinations. Cedar Key Tarpon fishing charters can help you to catch your next trophy fish. They will show you how to use the proper fishing method in the right spot and at the right time.

Tarpon can be found in inshore waters, sallows, and bays. You can catch it on live bait with crabs, pinfish, or mullet.

Note: You won’t be able to land your catch because Tarpon is a catch-and-release-only fishery. If you catch a Tarpon over 40 inches, avoid removing it from the water. So be delicate with your catch, take a memorable photo, and let it go.

Tarpon fishing rates

On average, the price for a 6-hour Tarpon fishing trip is $580 for 2 guests. Add $50 for each additional person.

15 fishing guides can arrange Tarpon fishing near Cedar Key.

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Best time for Tarpon fishing in Cedar Key

Late spring and summer are the best seasons to catch Tarpon in Cedar Key. The best months to catch Tarpon are August, July, and June.

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FAQ

What is included in the price?

Most trips are all-inclusive. Captains provide everything you need for a fishing trip: tackle, rods, reels, bait, and a cooler with ice. Usually, Captains clean the catch for free.

A Saltwater fishing license is included in the price. This license covers all the anglers on the vessel.

An offshore fishing charter has to have a federal permit to fish in the federal waters.

What to bring on a fishing charter trip?

Depending on the weather, Captains recommend bringing sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, long sleeve shirt, hat, windbreaker, waterproof jacket, waterproof pans, appropriate non-skid footwear, gloves, your medicines, bug bite cream, sanitizer, drinks, and snacks.

Bring your freshwater license if you are planning to fish in the freshwater.

Some Captains don’t recommend bringing spray sunscreen, liquor, weapons, fireworks, and inappropriate footwear.

How to book a fishing charter trip?

You can reserve a trip with a 10-30% deposit.

The remaining balance has to be paid directly to the Captain on the day of your trip or upon arrival.

The deposit could be refunded if you cancel the trip before the cancellation deadline. It's usually within 2-14 days of your trip date. Keep in mind that some of the bookings could be non-refundable.

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