Fishing Tips To Catch Sheepshead

January 13, 2014

Fishing Tips To Catch Sheepshead

Captain Nate - Fishing TipsFor the month of January, there’s no hotter bite for me in the intracoastal of the Gulf of Mexico than sheepshead.  Here are a few fishing tips to

catch sheepshead.

I target them around residential docks.  I rig with 20# flourocarbon and a #2 owner mutu lt circle hook with a BB size or #7 pinch weight right at the hook.  Live shrimp is the ticket.  If the shrimp are under 2″ I’ll use em whole.  If they are bigger I will cut em in half or thirds.  On a 4 hour charter, we usually wouldn’t have a hard time getting a 4 man limit.  However, I usually only put 2 fish per person in the cooler.  Most fish are a few pounds and we get em to 4+ pounds a few times a week.FIshing Tips to Catch Sheepshead

I concentrate my fishing on deeper residential docks with good water movement.  I don’t care if it’s coming or going.  I have my clients pitch baits at the pilings and let

the bait sink straight down or we’ll pitch baits under the docks. If you are not within a few feet of the structure, you aren’t in the right place. I tell em to feel for the slightest bumps. When you feel a bump, SLOWLY try to pull the bait away from the bumping.  If you feel weight, give the rod a slight flick. If it’s what I describe as a “machine gun pecking” just reel the bait back and recast it. More often than not the rapid pecking is pinfish.

Good luck out there! And Happy FISHing!

Captain Nate

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