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Old 08-23-2008, 10:49 AM
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Default Cedar Key & Horseshoe Beach

We have two trips planned to this area in the Fall. Accomodations are hard to find at Horseshoe Beach so I rented a condo at Cedar Key for two weeks. We will be fishing out of kayaks. One of our customers sent a detailed description of his favorite fishing spots at Cedar Key. We have never fished there. We have fished at Horseshoe Beach several times and it was super. But, when the tide dropped our guide had to get out of there or get his boat stuck. Kayaks won't have a problem at low tide there.

Has anyone fished this area? Any information or fishing stories would be appreciated. I can't wait!

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Old 08-23-2008, 04:02 PM
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Hello Byron,

I have not fished Horseshoe Beach, but I did some forestry work in 2004 just north of the beach along the old air field area. I almost passed out cruising timber there one time during August. It was 90+ degrees, high humidity and I had waist high snake chaps on. I was determined to get a certain number of plots in since I had some guys marking a pine thinning sale for me. I ended up stumbling back to my pickup after my legs cramped up real bad, and tossed my cookies behind the tailgate of my truck. I learned a lesson that day about pushing myself too hard in the hot summer sun Of Florida. The mosquitoes there nearly ate me alive while I was working there, high strength Deet was like candy to them monsters. My former supervisor has fished that area quite a bit for trout and redfish. He still lives in Suwannee County and I could ask him if he would provide you some info. I also have another ole forester colleague that has fished the Cedar Key area quite a bit for redfish, etc. I could probably get their email addresses if your interested.

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Old 08-23-2008, 06:58 PM
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Hi Neal,

Any information you could get for me would be greatly appreciated. You might want to look at the history of Cedar Key. A pencil factory was located on an island 1/2 mile from Cedar Key. It operated for years until the cedar trees were all but gone. On that island a long dock still exists and workers used it to load boats full of pencils and unload trees. I guess most of the employees lived on the mainland. Kind of interesting from a forester's point of view. Thanks for helping me.

It is hard to imagine you worked in that swampy forest near Horseshoe Beach. Though it is only a few miles from Cedar Key it take two hours to drive there. Horseshoe Beach and that area is in the middle of nowhere. It is one of the last best places left in Florida.

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Old 08-23-2008, 07:35 PM
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You are right about the Horseshoe Beach area being one of the last good areas. Dixie County is the "Back of the Beyond" in Florida. I'll contact those fellas on Monday. There both great guys and avid outdoorsmen.


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Old 08-24-2008, 07:56 AM
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I had a good friend of mine in college from Dixie County...interesting character - he worked as a prison guard at a medium-security prison before going to college...man, he had some stories. We used to fish around Tallahassee a lot - he called his home county the "armpit of Florida"...I wonder how his Air Force career went....
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Old 08-25-2008, 10:00 AM
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Hey ijsouth,

Dixie County is some very remote country. The people are very tight, and you have to step lightly when you enter their territory. It is not what people tend to think of when they see Florida tourism advertisements. The coastline is beautiful along that area all the way to the Big Bend. I used to do forestry work solo just above Horseshoe Beach, and some locals would drive by occasionally and I would talk to them for a while. They would say they were out there to check there coon traps, etc. I always kept my nose out of their business , and they were always decent to me.

At one time there supposely was a lot of drug running in that area. Small planes would drop packages in the water just off the coast and people in small boats would go out and pick them up. Very remote country. I'll have to get back someday to look at some of the areas where I prepared pine thinning sales, but never saw the results.


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Old 08-25-2008, 02:12 PM
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In a lot of ways, that whole stretch of coast, from just east of Appalachicola eastwards through Dixie County, is the "real" Florida...it's quiet and not developed, and I'm not surprised that there has been a lot of drug running, etc around there...a lot of places to hide, a lot like the vast marshes we have in Southeast Louisiana...a maze of channels, etc.
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After being called to duty in '66, I was assigned to the radar site near the air field for 7 months. Luckily, the Air Force sent me back to college, rather than have me slug snakes, which we saw aplenty.

Wife & I fished the ponds for bass, boated on the Suwanee, and camped on Horseshoe Beach. I didn't know zip about saltwater fishing then - not that I do now, but... Sure missed an opportunity.

We went back to Cross City last spring and found our old housing project still standing and looking the same as the day we left. Where the base once stood is now a penitentary. It sent a chill down my spine. It's even more eerie that I'm considering paying to go back - to fish saltwater. Strange twist of fate.
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Old 09-17-2008, 02:42 PM
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I sent you a few more fishing spots in the Cedar Key area. They were sent to your store e-mail address.
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Old 09-18-2008, 07:49 AM
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Default Cedar Key

We went to Cedar Key years ago. Small, quite, and inexpensive. Not much of a beach. The water is shallow for miles offshore. I hired a guide and we had a great time on the specks with Shrimp. Rob and I caught the heck out of the fish that day. You can rent a skiff at the marina in Cedar Key. There were some great little places to eat as well. I want to get my boat down there soon. Old FL.

Guides name..Capt. Collins
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It has been years so I am not so sure this older gentleman is still around
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