Its refreshing to see the actual video of a fishing trip, uncut version. In our experience, some of the best hooks to use are the Mustad 2/0 and 3/0 Octopus hooks. In December of 2014, these two brothers shocked their clients, friends, and family by quitting their 6-figure jobs to start their dream focused on helping saltwater anglers: 2. Allow the current or gently jig your jig or hook in front of them and watch for the bite. Sheepshead fish are quite common, and range quite dramatically in size. I am kind of fond of anything Uglystik and Diawa, Comments must be approved before appearing. It's necessary to have saltwater rod and reel because they hold up better in saltwater, but the most critical aspect is the sheepshead rod. Yes… they haven’t seemed to work as well as the ones that look more life-like for the sheepshead. The legal size and bag limit for convict fish varies according to states. I definitely recommend watching the video (spoiler alert: there’s some pretty awesome fish-catching footage), but you can also listen to the podcast by clicking the play button below the video, or on iTunes, Stitcher, or Spotify. In 2015, bag and size limits for the recreational fishery were implemented. They tend to stick close to structures, so you are unlikely to catch one in open water, and when casting your line, you should aim to stay near to the structure. Thanks for making time to leave the nice comment William! Luke was professional and I enjoy listening to him. We are in the business opening up a whole new concept of fishing This concept is simple, highly effective and inexpensive The only limitation is the angler's IMAGINATION! Have any questions about catching sheepshead in canals or on artificial lures? Sheepshead Fishing Techniques. Find other excellent sheepshead fish information and sheepshead recipes here on hfdepot.com. Barnacles on the other hand do not have size limits or specified bag limits, which means that you can harvest up to 100 pounds per person per day with a recreational saltwater fishing license and you can use them to chum sheepshead. However, you can catch them year-round, and they make excellent winter fishing. Another good bait to use is fiddler crab or sand fleas if you can come by some. Cast your bait a little up from where you think they are feeding. Thanks for making time to leave the nice comment Michael! Florida has changed their sheepshead rules and regulations in 2018 to better protect sheepshead. When sheepshead fishing, they can be found in both inshore and offshore. DUDE!!! This is what gives the fish its nickname of the convict fish. Sheepshead fish are a popular fish for a whole variety of reasons, but at the least, they are a tasty treat when caught. Keep up the good work fellas your gonna make a fisherman out of me yet. It came with my boat… I believe it was from a small fabrication shop down in Ft. Meyers. As for what is the best weight to use with your hook or jig determines the location you are fishing and the depth as well. The hooks need to be sharp enough to penetrate the sheepshead bony mouth. My rig of choice is a dropper … Thanks for the information. Please get some inflatables. Check local laws regarding the public right of way and don’t let the fake signs deter you from enjoying some good fishing. They have also been known to hang underneath schools of spadefish as well. We use fake crabs here in Charleston, usually part of dual rig one fake crab and one bare hook with a fiddler crab (either frozen in the winter or live in the warmer weather) the live bait does a little better than the fake crabs but both produce well fishing out of Hobie pro angler kayaks. Often the preferred jig weight is 3/8oz to 1/2oz. Or I have a 3-piece, 15′ surf rod . Bait-stealer . That day, I was using this 7’3″ Cajun rod: https://www.saltstrong.com/articles/cajun-inshore-fishing-spinning-rod-review/, And Joe was using this 7’6″ TFO: https://www.saltstrong.com/articles/temple-fork-outfitter-spinning-rod-review/, Enjoy your live videos! i’ve seen guys scraping barnacles off piers to bait them and lucky guys with patience to go find fiddlers. Set up shop up-current from the … One of the most natural fish to spot in the ocean is the sheepshead. This is one of the reasons when I clean fish for food; I always check the contents of their stomachs to see what they are feeding on in the wild. Thanks for making time to leave the nice comment Vincent! Thanks for making time to leave the helpful comment Jerry! In fact, they will usually pick the bait up off the bottom, although now and then they will whack a jig like some of their more popular gamefish cousins. Funny sheepshead fishing photo with gold grill. Sheepy!!! Sheepshead are real bait thief pros! They don’t typically take the bait and run like many other fish do, but rather they suck the bait in and crush it, and it … Check out our rod guide and reel guide for picking out your next sheepshead fishing set up. This leader line will withstand the elements of fishing in and around structures. Barnacles can be harvested, scraped, year-round. They tend to be a pretty bony fish, but anglers can get two nice fillets off of the larger ones. The sheepshead is a confounding species to the new angler. Getting these to stay on the hook might be more difficult, but will be worth the effort. The two lures we were using were the Savage Gear TPE Crab and the Chasebaits Crusty Crab, and if you’re an Insider you can click here and get 20% off of these lures. A brackish to saltwater species, they are called sheepshead because they have a month full of choppers that more closely resemble those possessed by the mammal than those of a fish. Going live is awesome! i’ve caught them off of little docks, marinas, long piers, even off pylons/trestles in biloxi bay and ponchartrain all year long. Learning A LOT. While they present some difficulties concerning being hard to feel and hook, they require minimal equipment, so they’re perfect for a part-time enthusiast or beginner, as well as offering a challenge even for the more seasoned fishermen. Everything you need to start catching fish more consistently (regardless if you fish out of a boat, kayak, or land). Live crabs always seem to be on their diet, but frequently you can catch them on frozen crabs as well. Can you watch videos on http://www.youtube.com? The perfect pound test for sheepshead fishing is 10lb to 20lb test. Thanks for making time to leave the nice comment Thomas! It’s unfortunate that some people think they have the right to enclose public property from the public. Keep up the great work. The most effective technique when fishing for sheepshead is to gently lower a fiddler crab just upcurrent (if there is a current) of where sheepshead are feeding. per day is allowed. The overall size of the mouth for this species of fish is rather small. How would you suggest fishing those lures from a dock as opposed as from a boat. Pa-POW!!! Thanks for making time to leave the nice comment! I’m moving to Cape Coral, FL in May. The only type of line that you will find on my rods is Vicious fishing line. Rod & Reel: A bait caster reel thrives when fishing for sheepshead. Catch sand fleas using this tool. Have too heavy pound test can yield fewer bites due to not being able to feel the bites. Chumming for Sheepshead Great video. My rig of choice … Awesome video. Create memories that matter through fishing, Email: fish@saltstrong.comToll-free: (855)888-6494130 W. Central Ave, Winter Haven, FL 33880. Keep doing the live videos, it shows that you guys are real. Oysters have a season, so if harvesting oysters as sheepshead bait, do be aware that there are rules governing their use. i’ve caught them without leaders on speckled trout rigs, even caught some on hermit crabs. Other Small Crabs. At over 10 pounds, they are becoming rare, although the world record for sheepshead is 21 pounds and 4 ounces. Small sheepshead fish while sheepshead fishing. Not sure where to go living in Central Florida. Do you try to stick to the plan and tough it out? The fiddler crab should be hooked from the bottom near its back legs with the hook protruding from the top. Using hooks that are too large can be too big actually to fit in their mouths. These seem to work the best. What knot did you use to tie this lure on? This rig is basically a Carolina rig used for medium depth of water from 15-30 feet. Yea guys I was pissed about 2 weeks ago I found a canal on Google maps in millcove one of my favorite spots and because of you guys I found out it’s a great winter time spot as well but the reason for my I shouldn’t say anger but great disappointment was because when I approached the canal come to find out it was posted with no trespassing signs on both sides by the entrance what a let down and it looked great on the map to also sadly the only one located in this area to fish but anyway speaking of chasebaits I do have 2 of each of there crabs the smash crab witch is the bigger ones and the crusty crab fiddler crab sized I also have 2 of the savage gear in the small sized like Luke started using but I haven’t used them yet but this weekend I will since I saw your video and Tony did one a couple weeks back as well the warehouse for fl chasebaits used to be located here in Jacksonville fl but last summer they moved to ft pierce area and there shipping was awesome only about 2 days but since you guys are now going to be offering discounts on them I’ll start buying them from you instead I just hope you will be carrying the flick prawn shrimp you guys gotta try it an amazing lure cast it in any sag and I’ll guarantee you will get it back it also has a rattle very realistic in sound and looks as well I use the shrimp procure on it very deadly but I will warn you if applying scent only put it on the tail just a dab I have found that if you add it to the body or the legs area the procure has a tendency to soften the plastic and will corrode it the bait will begin to get very soft and gooey what I do is just a little on the tail then after I’m done fishing with the lure for the day I’ll wipe it off with a rag it won’t hurt the lure if your using it the water tends to keep the bait from breaking down only after it’s been out of the water for a day or so will you notice it and of coarse this new plastic cannot be mixed with other plastic baits as well only store chasebaits with other chasebaits lures I don’t know if the plastic that zman uses would react with the chasebaits or not so I have a small tackle box to store all these baits desperate the chasebaits by themselves and the zman by themselves as well and as far as the podcast I prefer the videos instead I find it more informing watching a video versus just talking about it on a podcast but that’s just me anyways great job guys thanks for all you do and I imagine your fishing report for this weekend will be similar to all the others in the weather is about the same can’t wait till spring my topwater are calling me???? 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