All too often anglers spend lots of time circling the islands near Cedar Key, failing to realize that on higher tides that there’s enough water inside the islands to float small boats and paddlecraft. Two examples are Atsena Otie Key and Snake Key, located due south of the boat basin at the end of SR24. I don’t recommend you run at high speed, and do advise that you keep a sharp lookout for “sneaky” oyster bars once you approach and enter either of these islands. I think you’ll be surprised to find lots of baitfish, as well as hungry seatrout and redfish along the mangrove shorelines and bar edges. High water is key to succeeding in these backwaters, and it’s important that you plan your exit with enough time to beat the low tide.