Tour Cedar Key’s Lighthouse, February 20, 2016

It’s Open House time! February 20th from 9am-3pm the Cedar Keys Lighthouse will be open to the public. Seahorse Key Marine Lab will be doing marine ecology interpretations. You can come in your own boat or for a fee, take one of the tour boats from the Cedar Key Marina.

Can You Catch Fish In Natural North Florida? You Betcha!

Our spring fed rivers, coastal creeks and rivers, as well as the inshore and offshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico provide some of the best fishing in the world.  Here are a few photos to prove our point.  Explore our many coastal communities–Yankeetown, Cedar Key, Suwannee, Horseshoe Beach, Steinhatchee, Keaton Beach, St. Marks and …

Start Searching For Cedar KeySheepshead, Winter 2015/16

While opportunities abound for anglers to target many species in our Natural North Florida area in January, it’s the thought of big sheepshead that really gets local folks excited. Cold winter weather sparks the natural spawning cycle of sheepshead and the big females, some as large as ten pounds, school over and near artificial and …

“Seenie Otey” Is Just A Short Paddle From Cedar Key

On the charts and maps of Cedar Key and Dixie County, Florida it’s named “Atsena Otie Key”.  But to locals, it’s simply “Seenie Otey”.  In any case, this island is just a short paddle from the beach and harbor at the south end of the town of Cedar Key.  There, you can launch your own …

The Best Fishing at Suwannee—and Maybe At Cedar Key—Suwannee Sound

October’s cooling waters seem to have a positive effect on the fishing in Suwannee Sound, the stretch of rugged coastline between the mouth of the Suwannee River and Cedar Key. Keeper seatrout have moved off the deep flats. While not yet holed up in the rivers and creeks, they’re moving closer to shore, especially around …

Kayak to Atsena Otie Key—An Easy and Informative Trip at Florida’s Cedar Keys

The locals call it “Seenie Otie” but it’s official name is Atsena Otie Key,  It lies just about a quarter mile south of the boat basin at Cedar Key.  And it offers some interesting sights to see if you paddle across the sound. Cedar Key was once a railroad terminus and western shipping point for …

Hungry For Spanish Mackerel? Fish Cedar Key’s Seahorse Reef and “The Hook”

There’s no doubt in my mind that the small islands that we now generally refer to as “Cedar Key” was once the upper end of a ridge of land that stretched well southwest into the Gulf of Mexico. But eons of time and moving water have worn down that peninsula, and it’s now mostly submerged, …

Slow Down (Paddle!) Levy County’s Backwaters at Shell Mound

Whenever anyone asks me to recommend some Gulf fishing waters that are protected from early winter winds, the Shell Mound backwaters north of Cedar Key always seem to top my list. Located about 10 miles north of the town of Cedar Key and halfway to the town of Suwannee, Shell Mound offers visitors not only …

Natural North Florida’s Three “F’s” (Fall Flats Fishing)

The term, ‘flats’, means lots of things to lots of different anglers. Bonefishers love to sight fish over stretches of shin-deep, pure white sand or marl. Tarpon enthusiasts often find their prey on ‘flats’ that are six to eight feet deep, and everyone knows that redfish prefer shallows where the rough, rocky bottom holds crustaceans …

Florida’s 2015 Recreational Scallop Season to Close 9/24, But Don’t Despair!

In early June, the “buzz” along Florida’s Nature Coast is all about recreational scalloping.  The season usually opens the last Saturday in June, and folks at our Big Bend ports gear up for a busy season.  This year’s season was no exception, and limits of bay scallops just kept coming in, almost to the end …