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Old 07-31-2014, 10:54 AM   #1
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Are fiddler crabs any good for bait? I know they're ideal for sheephead when spawning but what about trout, reds, black drum, and others? Will sheephead go for fiddlers all year?

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I'm told the reds love them.
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Fiddlers are good for redfish, black drum, sheepshead, and pompano. Occasionally you may catch a flounder or a trout but this is rare. Fiddler crabs work year round for me.
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Fiddlers are good for redfish, black drum, sheepshead, and pompano. Occasionally you may catch a flounder or a trout but this is rare. Fiddler crabs work year round for me.

This... Never heard of a trout or flounder hitting them, but I don't see why they wouldn't... Any drum will eat them... triple tail probably would as well seeing how they feed on crustaceans
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Thanks. Do you free line them or Carolina rig or...? Just depends on where you are fishing?
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This... Never heard of a trout or flounder hitting them, but I don't see why they wouldn't... Any drum will eat them... triple tail probably would as well seeing how they feed on crustaceans
Over the years I've caught 1 flounder and 3 speckled trout on fiddler crabs while I was sheepshead fishing. Fiddlers would not be my bait of choice for either of these two species but it does occasionally happen. I have also caught gray snapper on them while fishing for sheepshead..
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Thanks. Do you free line them or Carolina rig or...? Just depends on where you are fishing?
I have never free lined them . Most of the time I use a carolina rig, sometimes I cork fish, and sometimes I use a dropper loop.
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Weight vs freeline all depends on conditions: depth, current, and where the fish are hanging. If there's not much current and the sheepshead are up in the water column then sometimes you have to freeline in order to get a bite, same can go for using shrimp and sand flees. Freelining does make it even more challenging to know when you have a bite though so if there's any current you may not be able to get away with this.

I'd recommend having everything from 1/16oz split shots up to 1oz egg sinkers available.

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I've only used droppers, carolina rigs, and slip cork rigs with fiddlers... the slip cork rig is very effective IMO... almost like a freeline but you have a little more control on how deep and what direction your bait goes... I usually only put a single split shot unless the current is bad
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Thanks for the advice! I keep reading about slip cork rigs... I guess it's time I watched a YouTube video or two and figured out what the heck they are and how to fish them.
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