How To Catch Sheepshead Without Live Bait (LIVE Video)


What do you do when conditions are crummy for fishing?

Do you try to stick to the plan and tough it out?

Or stay at home and clean the boat?

Luke and I were recently faced with this problem and had a big decision to make.

The tides were bad, weather was bleh, strike score was low, and to make matters worse, we needed to create a podcast episode.

We had to go fishing and instead of trying to stick to our original plan, we made a new one: let’s go fishing for sheepshead in the canals.

And to give ourselves an extra challenge, we weren’t going to get live shrimp or fiddler crabs, but instead were only going to use fake crabs.

Up until recently, we never thought you could catch sheepshead on artificial lures but we’ve been testing these lures out and wow…

Want to see how we did?

Check out the podcast below.

I definitely recommend watching the video (spoiler alert: there’s some pretty awesome fish-catching footage), but you can also listen to the podcast by clicking the play button below the video, or on iTunes, Stitcher, or Spotify.

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sheepsheaad on artificial lures

What an awesome day!

I would have never thought you can catch sheepshead on artificial lures but here we are…

And not only are we catching sheepshead, but we’re catching really nice sheepshead!

The two lures we were using were the Savage Gear TPE Crab and the Chasebaits Crusty Crab, and if you’re an Insider you can click here and get 20% off of these lures.

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Have any questions about catching sheepshead in canals or on artificial lures?

Let me know in the comments below!

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David Hagler
10 months ago

So fun to watch these videos after being a member for a couple of years. Know you guys are super busy now. Just think, 12k members back then vs. where you are now. Congrats.

James Parks
2 years ago

Enjoyed the live “real time” fishing podcast thing. Would definitely like to see more of it.

Ben Nauman
2 years ago

Bought a cranka crab recently due the floating claws and hard body. It looks really awesome and saw some great reviews.
I think Luke said he’s used or owns a Cranka crab in the video but only fishes with savage gear and chasebaits.
Guess what- no luck w the Cranka Crab. Couldve been bad time/area, but maybe not. Didnt have live bait those days to compare. Anyone use Cranka Crab and if so, how does it compare to the others?
It sure does look more realistic to me, I even through pro-cure on it but its hard so I’m not sure how well it stuck.

Luke Simonds
2 years ago
Reply to  Ben Nauman

I do have a cranka crab but still haven’t used it. The fact that it costs so much makes me less excited about throwing it into the zones where I catch most of my sheepshead due to the fact that they hold on hard structure and the cranka crab has two sets of treble hooks.

As for the two crabs shown in this video (Crusty Crab from Chasebaits and the TPE crab from Savage Gear, then are both excellent at catching sheepshead and cost a fraction of Cranka).

Raymond De Rosa
2 years ago

Can you show how you bled out the sheephead, by cutting the gills?

Luke Simonds
2 years ago

Here’s a video showing an easy way to bleed fish:

Note: The iki-jimi method is the best way to do it, but it’s more difficult.

Glenn Williams
2 years ago

Great video, I have had success with small treble hooks and shrimp, have you ever tried small squid strlps?

Jack Crooks
2 years ago

Never in a million years would I think to use artificial lures for Sheepies!
I’ll definitely give it a shot.
Normally, I’ll scrape barnacles and feed them over a #2 hook. Never been disappointed. Scraping, however, can be a painful endeavor while on a kayak if you catch your knuckles!

John Cox
3 years ago

This was a great video. I ordered both types of artificial crab baits and am really looking forward to using them. I took note of how you repeatedly mentioned to drop the lure straight down, very close to the post. Made me wonder; I bet one of those collapsible cane poles would be fun. Or I have a 3-piece, 15′ surf rod . . . ? I live on a canal that opens up at the top of Old Tampa Bay, just east of Rocky Creek – lots of docks between me and the bay!

3 years ago

I have caught sheepshead in Marco Island on gulp!

Steve Dixon
3 years ago

What leader size to you recommend?

Victor Gatell Jr
3 years ago

How would you suggest fishing those lures from a dock as opposed as from a boat.


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