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Old 08-02-2014, 08:39 PM   #1
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Default Are the sheepshead biting around the destin area?

Thinking about going out tomorrow but I want to know if they are biting before I go out. Anybody havin any luck lately?
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Spent a couple hours under and around midbay bridge dropping live shrimp. Didn't see any sheepshead, but I was at about 10-15' depth most of that time. Mangrove/gray snapper are starting to get big enough to keep though.
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Spent a couple hours under and around midbay bridge dropping live shrimp. Didn't see any sheepshead, but I was at about 10-15' depth most of that time. Mangrove/gray snapper are starting to get big enough to keep though.

How do u catch the mangroves? I've wanting to figure out how to catch them. What were you using for bait and what rig and hook size? How did u present the bait?
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Regarding the mangrove/grey snapper: They aren't real thick in the areas I fish yet, but it's gonna keep getting better up til around November. They tend to school around structure like sheepshead would, but the inshore ones are mostly under a foot long, and live in the same place as larger pinfish which is a real hassle.

I use live shrimp on tiny wire circle hooks on 10lb mono. Could go lighter on the line but there's always a decent chance a bull red or monster sheep will take the shrimp so I don't go under 10lb test. Depending on the current I free line or put a split shot a couple inches up from the hook. I try to keep the shrimp within a couple feet of bridge pilings all the way to the bottom. If nothing hits it after being on bottom for 10-15 seconds, I slow retrieve it up and repeat. This is what I found from trial and error, I dunno if there's a specific grey snapper rig.

This is my brief experience from kayak fishing midbay and rocky bayou bridges last fall. If memory serves, I didn't start landing them predictably until September.
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Regarding the mangrove/grey snapper: They aren't real thick in the areas I fish yet, but it's gonna keep getting better up til around November. They tend to school around structure like sheepshead would, but the inshore ones are mostly under a foot long, and live in the same place as larger pinfish which is a real hassle.



I use live shrimp on tiny wire circle hooks on 10lb mono. Could go lighter on the line but there's always a decent chance a bull red or monster sheep will take the shrimp so I don't go under 10lb test. Depending on the current I free line or put a split shot a couple inches up from the hook. I try to keep the shrimp within a couple feet of bridge pilings all the way to the bottom. If nothing hits it after being on bottom for 10-15 seconds, I slow retrieve it up and repeat. This is what I found from trial and error, I dunno if there's a specific grey snapper rig.



This is my brief experience from kayak fishing midbay and rocky bayou bridges last fall. If memory serves, I didn't start landing them predictably until September.

Alright. Thanks for the info man!!!
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I fished around the P'cola pass and pilings up and down the ICW today for flounder and did not see a sheepshead.
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