3 Ways To Catch More Sheepshead From A Kayak


What are some ways to catch sheepshead from a kayak?

Do you need to look for different conditions or features in a sheepshead fishing spot?

I’ll answer these questions and more in the video below!!

Catch Sheepshead From A Kayak [VIDEO]

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1) Positioning

You want to be close enough to cast near structure to catch these fish but also give yourself enough space to pull away from structure when you hook into a fish.

I recommend fishing the backside of bridge pilings or structure with the current coming toward you.

This helps prevent you from slamming into the pilings and helps prevent your bait from getting snagged.

Most of the time, sheepshead will try and dive right back down to the piling they were sitting next to the second they feel hooked.

Furthermore, it can benefit you to have the drive already in reverse before approaching a piling to make sure you can move the fish away from there as soon as possible.

You’ll land more fish and save money on gear this way.

2) Don’t Spend Too Much Time Fishing The Same Piling

For the most part, when it comes to catching sheepshead, I usually feel a strike right away or within a few seconds after dropping my bait down.

You want to find the fish and you’ll be able to tell within a few minutes if there are fish present or not.

I definitely get more strikes within a few seconds than if I were to bait and wait.

Moving from piling to piling saves you time and increases your chances of catching more fish.

3) Rigging

I prefer to use Jawbreaker Jigheads to rig up crabs for sheepshead fishing.

To rig these crabs, I cut off one of their claws and slide the hook point through and out the socket that remains.

A common mistake I see anglers make is trying to force the hook through the tough exterior shell of the crab and they end up ruining that piece of bait.

Gently slide the hook point through the leg socket and up and out through the backside of the crab.


Targeting sheepshead is an excellent way to shake things up and try something different.

You’re almost guaranteed to find a few sheepshead hanging around pilings or docks!!

Do you have any other questions on how to catch more sheepshead?

Let me know if you do anything different when targeting sheepshead around dock and bridge pilings!

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Spencer Manning
1 year ago

Good video, how about when and where to target sheepheads. Like seasonal movements, what types of docks or pillars will hold fish, and the different states (NC, VA).

Captain Redeye
1 year ago

Great to see you Evan! Welcome! I have been watching your youtube vids for a while now and learned alot! Now I only need to go to SaltStrong, awesome!

Greg Sutfin
1 year ago

Good stuff! Look forward to more!

David Hettenhouser
1 year ago

Good report Evan , thanks for the great tips .

Antonio aka Tony Toscano
1 year ago

Great video short and sweet right to the point.Keep it coming,coach.

Sam Keck
1 year ago

Where can I get the jawbreaker jughead’s

Richard Thomas
1 year ago

Great tips man!!

Matt Lanier
1 year ago

Solid info brotha!

Rodney Hinson
1 year ago

Nice report – thank you. It looks like part of your video is in Oak Island? Do you fish Oak Island/Southport much? A buddy and I fish there several times per year.

Last edited 1 year ago by Rodney Hinson
Michael Williams
1 year ago

Glad to see a local N.C. boy on saltstrong

1 year ago



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