You may not catch a grouper or a king mackerel from the pier, but its location on the south end of town and its proximity to some deeper water makes it productive–and fun–for the boat-less angler. It’s free, has bathrooms and is close to town and parking. You’ll likely catch inshore species like ladyfish (shown), black drum, red drum (redfish), whiting and in winter months, some nice sheepshead. A few items to be sure to take along are a stout rod and reel (Just in case a whopper comes by and eats your bait!), a supply of sinkers, some hooks and some bait. I recommend live or frozen shrimp, which are available at Doug and Wendy Rains’ tackle and bait shop just north of the Jiffy Store on your way into Cedar Key.