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Old 02-26-2013, 06:27 PM   #11
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Good question, Sheepshead teeth are extremely hard and one fish can ruin a hook fast. They either bend them with their teeth, or they get bent trying to take them out. I've used a few different hooks over the years and I've found four that I like and use during the sheepshead run.

They are Gamakatsu hooks
1. # 18415 --- 5/0 Live Bait Hook
2. #13010 --- 1 O'Shaughnessy
2. #13011 --- 1/0 O'Shaughnessy
4. #265411 --- 1/0 Inline Octopus Circle SE

The first three hooks are regular J hooks, if I do use a circle hook it's the #4 hook listed -the 1/0 Inline Octopus Circle SE

For Leader I usually use 30 lb Fluorocarbon Berkley Vanish or Stren,, If the bite is tough then I'll step it down to 20 lb leader.

Main line is 30 lb Braid Spiderwire Stealth, Egg weights vary depending upon what the current is doing, I try and stay with a 2oz weight, but will step it up to 3 oz if needed.

This is my typical Sheepshead rig, it's pretty simple.
7ft medium heavy rod, 4000 Penn Battle 30 lb Braid main line, 2oz egg weight, 30 - 40 lb swivel, 30 lb leader 18" and one of the hooks listed above.

Forgot to mention this is for Pensacola Pass Sheepshead fishing. the above set ups listed by the other guys are very good for bridge fishing, lighter the better.
Hope this helps,
Good luck this season.
John
Gotta give credit where it is due, very educational post Capt.! Thanks for your input.
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