Top 3 Spots To Catch More Sheepshead This Winter
Want to catch more sheepshead this winter?
Then you’ve got to fish for them in the right spot!
In this video, you’ll learn the top three spots to catch sheepshead and how to fish them.
You’ll also learn what to avoid in these spots, as well as how to rig shrimp, crabs, and sand fleas when fishing these areas.
Let’s dive in!
Best Spots To Catch Sheepshead [VIDEO]
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The top three spots to catch sheepshead (not in any specific order) are:
Here’s a little more about these types of spots:
Whether you’re fishing a jetty jutting out into the water or a rocky shoreline, sheepshead love gathering around rocks.
It can be difficult to figure out where the sheepshead are if you’re fishing a long line of rocks, so are two tips:
- Fish the deepest edge of the rock line and slowly move toward the shallows. This can help you dial in what depth the fish are holding.
- Fish the areas where the rocks are lower than the others and water can get through. This can knock around crabs or other crustaceans and serve up an easy meal for the sheepshead.
The next area I like to look for sheepshead is under docks.
I like to look for older docks that have more growth on them and likely more crustaceans on and around them.
Concrete docks are also great because there’s usually more growth on them than on wooden docks.
Also, I love commercial docks because there are usually lots of pilings under them.
And finally, a warning: if you see docks that have crossbeams — be careful.
Crossbeams above the water usually mean there are crossbeams under the surface, which can make it tough for you to land a fish near them.
(Check out this article to see how to catch sheepshead with artificial lures under docks.)
Most of the things that are true about docks are also true about bridges.
But bridges can be super long, so it can be tough to figure out where the fish are.
Here’s how I go about finding them:
- Change depths. I like to start in the deeper water and move shallow, trying to dial in what depth the fish are feeding at.
- Look for areas on the pylons where barnacles have been scraped off. This can be a sign sheepshead have been caught here before.
And when you’re fishing bridges in heavy current, be sure to drop your bait behind the pylons.
This is where the sheepshead are taking cover out of the current waiting to ambush an unsuspecting shrimp or crab floating by.
Best Rigs For Sheepshead
Here are three of my favorite ways to rig shrimp and crabs for sheepshead:
These will all get your bait down to the bottom where the sheepshead are feeding.
Just be ready to set the hook when you feel the thump because these fish are notorious for stealing bait!
If you want to catch more sheepshead this winter, here are the three best spots:
They all provide shelter and food, which are the two main things sheepshead are looking for.
Have any questions about catching sheepshead?
Or any other spots you like to target them?
Let me know down in the comments.
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Great video, Austin!
Thank you Dave!! I appreciate it man!!
With the recent strong winds (late March) I have had trouble finding sheepshead in the spots I was successful in the last couple of months – mainly under docks and bridges. I fish Lemon Bay a lot and the water is usually very cloudy and with the wind there is a ton of brown slime in the water.
I keep hearing that March/April is is the best time for sheepshead but it seems like they are getting harder to find. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Thanks for the comment Joseph!! Sheepshead will get a little harder to catch this time of year because they are working there way offshore for the summer!! Come fall time they will be heading back inshore!! You can catch them all year long, but fall and winter will always be the best times!!
Thanks, Austin! Very helpful.
I understand that fiddler crabs are among the best baits for Sheepshead fishing. Where do you buy or harvest these baits? I live on the Intracoastal Waterway half way between Daytona Beach and St. Augustine. Also, do any of the artificial fiddler crabs work well and are any of them heavily scented? If scented, does this really improve your chances?
Thanks for the comment, Dennis!! I normally buy all my Fiddler crabs (or Sand Fleas when Fiddlers are gone) from local bait shops here in Jacksonville like B&M and Arlington bait and tackle, mainly because they are closest to my home or common boat launches that I use. I don’t have much experience with artificial crabs, but I do know that they work for Sheepshead and I believe that Gulp makes a crab that is scented but not too sure how that once specifically works for Sheepshead. Ill link some videos below to help you out on this.
What is the best way to clean Sheepshead
Thanks for the comment Lance!! Here is a link to the Sheepshead mini course where Tony shows how to clean a Sheepshead!!
Thank you. Lots of good tips. Love SS!!
Thanks so much Vincent!! I really appreciate that!!
what bait do you use,
Thanks for the comment Mark!!
My most common baits for Sheepshead will usually be Fidler Crabs, Sand Fleas, Live Shrimp!!
Thanks for the post! Very informative. Can’t wait to try it.
Thanks you J.T.!! I hope you do great!!
One other place for sheepshead are oyster beds
Thanks for the comment Juan!! Absolutely! Oysters are a great place to find Sheepshead!!
Where can you get bottom sweeper jigs?
Thanks for the comment Joe!! Currently you can get bottom sweeper jigs from there website. bottomsweeperjigs.com