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Old 12-03-2010, 11:20 AM   #11
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Thanks a lot guys!! I appreciate the tips.

I dont know why using hermit crabs for bait would be illegal... they're not endangered or anything. That would be like making it illegal to catch bull minnows haha.
Hermit crab are also great redfish bait, have used them in the bay, and around navy point. Rigged the same way for sheepshead. One summer a few years ago, I tallied 55 reds in the month of August using nothing but hermit crabs. Fished them around rocks, and oyster beds, and also docks on slack line, on incoming, or outgoing tides, became a line watcher. I've since moved away from the area, but am looking forward to moving back one day. Jigheads i used were stingray grub heads (redhead was best). Try bouncing crab off bottom too, and hang on!!
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Old 12-03-2010, 03:47 PM   #12
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Never woulda thunk it. Good tips!
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Old 12-03-2010, 03:52 PM   #13
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Ive seen people fishing with heavy cane poles around bridge pilings and hoisting them out like tuna. bessie that ran jims fish camp taught me this. use flyrods small hooks light line with short leaders, quill corks. I used bream busters with ultalight spinning reels 6 lb line short 12lb leader small sheephead hook. when this didnt work i fished on bottom with small slider rig same without cork. Her son fished commercial around old trestle with flyrod. these came from escambia river, x,sAttachment 14073

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Old 12-03-2010, 08:08 PM   #14
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I've always used fiddler crabs. Don't know if you can get them around here. Scraping the barnacles is also a great idea as mentioned above
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Old 12-04-2010, 12:06 AM   #15
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Only difficulty i've had with hermits occurred while fishing the rocks at ft. pickens, and kept having bait stolen by sheephead, i couldn't feel the bite because i was using a jig. So I put a crab on a short shank hook, and fished without any weight, just the weight of the hermit crap, and started catching sheephead, by watching the line. A small, to medium crab was the ticket, don't use those big ugly hermit crabs in the big shells, they look like something from aliens. The only danger fishing with hermit crabs is cracking the shell, and missing.
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Old 12-19-2010, 10:58 PM   #16
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Sheepshead will munch and crunch their food with a mouthful of strong incisor teeth, working into the current, up and down the pilings as they feed. Since these fish are fond of crustaceans, the preferred bait is the common mole crab, or "sand flea," found along the ocean beach. Sometimes the hunt for sand fleas can be as challenging as trying to catch a sheepshead, but they can be captured. Go to the beach about an hour before low tide and look for the fleas as they scurry back into the ocean as each wave recedes, trying to bury into the sand.
Fleas may be dug by hand, or caught with a commercially made scoop. Sand fleas will stay alive for several hours or as long as a few days in a container of damp sand in a cooler or refrigerator. Donít leave them in a bucket of water; they will die in short order.
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Old 12-20-2010, 11:19 AM   #17
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Just read an article in Florida Sportsman by a guy who would cut his used jerkbaits into thumbnail sized chunks, attach them to jigheads and bounce them along the bottom around schools of pompano. It apparently imitates a sandflea pretty well. He was also using those DOA clip weights on a either worm or straight-shank style hook getting the same effect. I haven't tried it yet but it might be worth a shot if you're having a hard time finding any sandfleas. Granted it was for pompano but it might work well around sheepshead too.
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Old 12-20-2010, 01:26 PM   #18
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I do good with the sheepies fishing from the bridges and piers by using small owner light wire live bait type hooks, about 20" of 20lb fluro leader and a 1/4oz or two split shots. For bait I prefer live shrimp. As long as the wind isnt howling the light weight will be fine. Factor in the wind and current and use a little "Kentucky Windage" when you throw your bait so it will drift into the fish. If the fish are there, I can consistently put a few in the cooler with this method. For what its worth, Ive never had too much luck with fiddlers. The reason why I use as light of weight as possible with the shrimp is so that the pin fish wont get to them.
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Old 12-21-2010, 11:38 AM   #19
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Here's an odd method but it works. Sheephead love eating barnacles etc and here's a way to keep it on the hook. Cut a small patch of nylon stocking, put shelled barnacles muscles etc inside patch, tie into a small pouch and put it on the hook. As everyone says, the smaller the hook the better.
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Old 12-29-2010, 09:12 PM   #20
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Sometimes the sheepshead is so fast in taking live bait that it is difficult to hook. One exciting way to catch this bait thief is to heavily chum an area with shrimp or bits of shellfish. After the sheepshead have begun to feed, cast with a small ľ ounce jig. On light tackle this is a thrilling and sporting fish to catch. Use a medium /medium heavy class rod (12 to 20 pound) with a baitcast or spinning reel with 12 to 20 pound mono line. Around reefs and wrecks, use an 4 foot long heavier leader, with a single hook or a 2-hook bottom rig, using hook sizes from #6 to 2/0.
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