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Woke up Sunday morning to the sun shining after a rain shower in Destin. I figured it would be cold and windy, but to my suprise I looked at the trees in my back yard....no wind. Inext thought, its probably freezing......then I saw a guy working outside in his yard with shorts and a short sleeve shirt.My next move was genious. While lookingout the window I casuallysaid to my wife, "looks like a nice day to be fishing" She responded by saying "if you want to then lets...." I was already out the door getting the boat ready by the time she finished her sentence.

Its been a long time since I have targeted sheephead, but seemed like a good idea from the reports I have read and heard. Got 3 dozen shrimp,put the boat in and headed to the Destin bridge. The day could not have been much more beautiful.The sun was out and it was slick calm. Tide was moving, but not strong, just enough without making things difficult. I fired up the trolling motor and we started cruising around the pilings pitching baits.

On my third cast as the bait was falling, BOOM! I immediately bowed the rod in the direction away from the piling, but my 10# equipment was no match. The drag screemed all the way to the piling. As I began to curse,my wifejust laughed at me.

I got rigged up again and 4 casts later I was on. It gave a noble effort, but I tightened the drag and ripped it away from the piling. I let the boat drift out away from the bridge and got the fish to the boat. Nice sheephead with 2 other hooks broke off in his mouth. There is a nice pride feeling about catching a fish that schooled others. I did some dental work and said good bye.

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notice the multiple hooks in his mouth

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A few minutes later I was broke off again, then I hear my wife say " um....I think i'm getting a bite", I told her to gently lift the rod tip to see if there is any pressure. There was. REEL! I seriously thought she was hung on the bottom. The drag barely stopped the whole time she fought the fish. It was a mad house, I was trying to help her direct the fish and put the trolling motor on top speed out away from the bridge. The fish finally followed us out andabout 5 minutes laterwe netted her first sheephead, it was a good one! I haven't weighed enough of them to know, but I thought it was about 5 lbs. or maybe a little more. I was proud of her.

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She immediately started talking trash about her fish being bigger, but I answered back with another fish.

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Still not as big as her fish, I'll never hear the end of that:)

A small rain shower came through but we tucked up under the bridge. About 15 minutes later the wind started blowing about 25kts out of the North and it got cold. We held strong for about 10 more minutes, and I called it a successful day. We saw a couple of guys down the way with warm jackets on, so we pulled over and gave them the rest of our shrimp and headed to the movies.
 

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Good report. We stopped by the Destin bridge today around 1:00 with and incoming tide and caught two sheepies that were both 5lbs each. I think they are one of the smartest fish in the sea and are tough to catch. Couldn't stay long but we did manage to break off a couple more. Water was crystal clear.:clap:clap
 

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""<< While lookingout the window I casuallysaid to my wife, "looks like a nice day to be fishing" She responded by saying "if you want to then lets...." I was already out the door getting the boat ready by the time she finished her sentence.">>



good one!!!! :clap



thank you for the report ....and happy new year.!!!
 
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