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Old 12-08-2007, 12:27 AM   #1
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Early this year a buddy of mine (Ultralite) turned me on to a fishery around the pass for sheepshead. My buddy and I had some success, and are eagerly anticipating the coming season. Here are my questions for my forum brethren...When do the sheepies start getting thick in the pass? Also, what are your favorite spots for them? We fished live shrimp with a bit of weight and had good luck. How do you all fish for them? Any sheephead info would be greatly appreciated, and a trip on my boat is not out of the question if our schedules line up.

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Old 12-08-2007, 02:03 AM   #2
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I can't totally recal the time of year, but I seem to remember it was some what cool out...anyhow, we fished the pass by drifting with an out going tide, as close to the main channel as possible with out getting in the way of traffic.

We used fiddler crabs with circle hooks, and enough weight to get it down near the bottom. We slayed 'em that day. We were catching them 2 or 3 every drift.. I was renting a pontoon boat from the navy base, so we only could go as far as a particular bouy ( don't recall the number ) so we would drift to that bouy, motor back up and do it again. I had 3 or 4 dozen fiddler crabs with me, so would be willing to bet we hooked up about 30 or more fish. Tossed them all back...lots of pictures.

I had a rookie fisherman with me ( only the second time out for her ) and my 5 year old son, they were all smiles when we headed in.

Hope my input helps, sorry can't recall the time of year, but in my pictures I am wearing a sweat shirt and my friend and son have on coats, so it must have been chilly out.
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Old 12-09-2007, 10:51 PM   #3
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Mike,we saw some nice sheepshead around the barrs bridge during the pirate tourney. May want to try some differant tactics there and get used to fishing for them. Squid strips,cut shrimp and what Billy said,crab(cut in half) If ya feel a bite then more than likely your bait is already gone. Try and set a hook while still retreiving your bait,kind of hard to explain unless your doin it. There some professional bait stealers,little bastards:banghead
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Old 12-20-2007, 06:19 PM   #4
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March! March! March! I can't wait. :hoppingmad
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Old 12-20-2007, 06:37 PM   #5
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Starts in Feb. and gains momentum in March .You can drift or anchor . I usually anchor and use live shrimp I also can't wait for the bite to start .Where to go ? Between the two jetties about 100 yards outwatch bottom machine . The green bouy also holds the sheepies pretty well.

Just a lot of fun on light tackle wish they were just easier to clean.
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Old 12-20-2007, 07:46 PM   #6
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march 26, 2006...they were already in weeks before...



caught at an unknown spot at ft pickens...lol...hands hurt for days after cleaning them but, they go great in gumbo...

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Ultra I definitely want to get in on some of that action next yr.

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Old 12-20-2007, 10:35 PM   #8
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"hands hurt for days" are they hard to clean or bony??? great :takephoto
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hard to clean...you could make boots out of them. This was last March during Spring Break...we caught our limit in 30-45 minutes fishing live shrimp off the bottom by the jetties. The water was super clear that day and I've never seen so many sheephead at one time before

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Old 12-21-2007, 07:41 AM   #10
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I usually load up the grandkids around Easter and take them out. Bridge pilings are a great place to start.
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