Cedar Key adorns the southern coastline of Florida’s “Big Bend” region on the Gulf of Mexico. The city is a collection of small islands with a vast network of inshore and offshore fishing spots to explore on your next angling getaway. This secluded coastal fishing town provides a tranquil atmosphere with easy access to great fishing and outstanding fishing guides. Below we’ll dive into all the opportunities Cedar Key has in store for you.
Cedar Key offers amazing light tackle and sight-fishing opportunities for tarpon, redfish, snook, speckled sea trout, tripletail, black drum and other inshore species. Seagrass beds, sandy gulfside flats, crystal clear waters, and an abundance of bait make the inshore fishing in Cedar Key productive year-round. Veteran guides know these waters like the back of their hands and can help ensure your trip is a success. Check out Florida Outdoor Experience and some of our other local guides for an unforgettable, world-class sight-fishing experience.
Cedar Key has vast natural beauty to explore on land. Since 1929, the Cedar Key National Wildlife Refuge has been a federally protected breeding ground for shorebird colonies, and is one of the best birdwatching locations in the country. Explore the refuge’s many nature trails before grabbing a delicious seafood meal. Clamming is the region's largest maritime industry, and Cedar Key has some of the best clams in the country — along with excellent seafood restaurants like Tony’s Seafood Restaurant. Cedar Key’s annual selection of festivals also makes for great on-shore entertainment. Try the Stargazing Party in February, the “Old Florida Celebration of the Arts” in April, the October Seafood Festival, and the November Pirate Festival.
Another great way to explore Cedar Key is by kayak. The inlets, backwaters, and productive fisheries make for a beautiful day out on the water. Additionally, Cedar Key has renowned kayak fishing — check out this article exploring the perks of kayak fishing in South Florida.
First, choose the dates for your fishing trip and plan ahead. Get the most you can out of the time available by booking one of AnyCreek’s trusted guides. They’ll have everything you need and more to make the most of your time and trip. They’ll take care of gear and fishing licenses so you can focus on packing. Consider suitable clothes for the weather, sunscreen, rain gear, polarized glasses, and a hat.
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