Learnament: Spanish/King Mackerel + Cobia at CK

The below is preliminary and may change!

Details: Captain Dale Reed will lead this event. Any club member can come to the Learnament with anybody on board.  We will go out of Cedar Key and meet in front of the outside, downtown boat ramp.

You must register for this event. If you have your own boat, please register here. If you are a new member (2016 or 2017) and need a boat to ride on, please email Dale Reed and he will try to assign you to a boat, if space is available.

We will be going out about 10 to 15 miles and will travel about 20 to 25 mph going and coming to the fishing areas.  We will run out the main shipping channel — one group will head to seahorse reef, and another to the kingfish hole.  We will do a lot of trolling.  Light trolling outfits with 20 lb test line will be fine for spanish — heavier for kings (and 40-50lb spinning outfits for Cobia)  Anglers will need light wire leaders and can use smaller spoons such as Drone, Clark, or even redfish gold spoons.  White and Yellow feathers (jig heads with white or yellow “feathers”) also work very well.  We will start off trolling different lures until we see what they like.  Trolling speeds will be about 3 to 5 mph and “working” the lures with big sweeps of the rods helps. Don’t set your drag too tight: you should be able to pull line out without too much effort.  The fish will be found over fairly large areas so we don’t need to bunch up.  We will lead everyone to productive areas that we have fished in the past.  (These won’t be hard to find—there will be boats there!)  If the water visibility is good you can explore a bit on your own; look for mixed sandy and grassy bottom, especially if you see schools of bait on the surface.

Anglers are encouraged to take numbers. You will then be able to return on your own whenever you wish, and fish Cedar Key again another day.  If you get a mackerel, take a number and work that area some more.  Be careful trolling if there are lots of boats—many of them will be trolling so don’t get too close behind them.  You may see some boats anchored or drifting and casting for mackerels and cobia.  You can certainly try this also if you like.  Some will even put some chum out, hoping to keep the fish nearby/ attract Cobia.

Captains should be on VHS channel 68 (we will also answer to GOFC).

A number of fish will also hit mack lures: bluefish, ladyfish, blue runners, lizardfish and so on.  We can identify these for you if you like.

Date(s) - 04/22/2017
7:30 am - 3:30 pm

Cedar Key