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Old 02-08-2015, 02:17 AM   #1
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I haven't been fishing in a while and took a much needed day off of work friday dedicated to catching some sheepheads. I have lived in florida for 11 years now and have tried fishing for them only a few times with hardly any success. I was dead set on catching me some. I launched at the avalon toll bridge launch around 9:30am I waited for it to warm up a bit. Beautiful calm day little chilly water was slightly moving I couldn't have asked for better conditions. I peddled out about almost 2 miles and started scrapping a few pilons with a kids shovel I bought from lowes for 5 bucks. The shovel worked great , small, light weight , fit perfect in the yak and inexpensive. I had picked up a couple of dozen live shrimp on my way out and apparently thats what they were wanting after I chummed up the water a bit. I had lots of big runs 1 bent circle hook and landed 2 in the 16 inch range. I have never tried sheephead before so I kept one to bring home and filet. I know a lot of folks catch them with ease but they have always eluded me the bait stealing rascals. I was thrilled to land the 2 I did catch. I fished until around 2pm and headed in. All in all awesome day to be on the water.
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Nice ! You would have much better luck using J-hooks instead of circle hooks for sheepshead. Circle hooks certainly have their place and I prefer them when fishing for most species of fish. But with sheepshead I most definitely prefer a J - hook.
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Just goes to show us." It is never to late" Nice catch and I think you will enjoy the taste of them. You will only get better catching them when you change to J hooks.
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I have to disagree with grouperking. When the sheeps are biting very lightly, I prefer a #4 mutu light circle to a j hook. When they are hitting more solidly I like a #2 gorilla light j hook. The advantage of the circle is that you can lift slowly if you think you have a bite. If there is pressure, keep reeling. If using a j hook you have to set the hook and end up losing a lot of fiddlers that fall of the hook with a hard hooks set. Disadvantage is that they will bend a hook sometimes. But I have caught sheep to 6 lbs and black drum to 30 lbs on that hook. When they are hitting hard like they sometimes do, a j hook is the way to go. The gorilla light is very sturdy and will not bend.
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Anytime I can use a J hook I will. There is nothing more fun than setting the ole hook. All this offshore circle hook crap has almost ruined my touch. Sheephead on a J takes me back to the time of real fishing. My2
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Nice catch. Catching two makes for a nice dinner (or two dinners).
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I agree with you 2RCs. The J-hooks are more fun when they are working - I love setting the hook on a solid fish.
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I have to disagree with grouperking. When the sheeps are biting very lightly, I prefer a #4 mutu light circle to a j hook. When they are hitting more solidly I like a #2 gorilla light j hook. The advantage of the circle is that you can lift it slowly if you think you have a bite. If there is pressure, keep reeling. If using a j hook you have to set the hook and end up losing a lot of fiddlers that fall of the hook with a hard hooks set. Disadvantage is that they will bend a hook sometimes. But I have caught sheep to 6 lbs and black drum to 30 lbs on that hook. When they are hitting hard like they sometimes do, a j hook is the way to go. The gorilla light is very sturdy and will not bend.
We will just have to agree to disagree. Lol If all I had was circle hooks to go sheepshead fishing with, I would probably just stay home or go fish for something else. But thats just me, if circle hooks work good on the sheepshead for someone by all means stick with it.
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I'm good with agreeing to disagree Grouperking. If everybody fished the same way there would be alot of fishing tackle designers out of business.
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