How To Catch Sheepshead In Residential Canals (Using Artificial Lures)


If you want a quick and easy way to catch sheepshead, then you’re going to love this.

The weather was rough as a cold front was rolling in, but Luke and I committed to doing a podcast this day, so we had to change up our plans.

We hit the canals right near Luke’s house and pitched crab lures to sheepies.

We didn’t have to crank up the big motor at all, we started fishing as soon as we got in the boat, and we didn’t have to spend time going to get live bait.

And the best news?

We came home with some delicious dinner!

Join us in this live fishing trip as we cruise around canals fishing docks.

This is one of the best ways to catch sheepies!

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Catching Sheepshead On Crab Lures [VIDEO]

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See below to see a list of the gear we were using.

Catching Sheepshead On Crab Lures [PODCAST]

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Here’s the gear we were using:



Line: Daiwa J-Braid

Leader: 20 lb Ande Mono


And here’s a timestamped table of contents from our trip testing out these crab lures for sheepshead:

0:01 – Luke starting it off with a nice sheepshead!

0:35 – Which sheepshead lures we’re using on this trip

2:55 – The weird thing about using crab lures for sheepshead

4:17 – The pros and cons of the Cranka Crab

7:04 – How to sight cast sheepshead on the pilings

9:40 – The close quarters sheepie I landed (and why they’re less skittish under docks than on the flats)

10:48 – Why this type of fishing is so good for when the weather is bad

13:27 – How to increase your hookup ratio when using these lures

15:36 – Dock fishing etiquette

17:41 – How to choose the best docks for catching sheepshead

21:58 – Fishing seawalls for sheepshead

23:38 – Luke’s second keeper sheepshead

29:35 – What not to do when dock fishing for sheepshead


sheepshead on crust crab

What a fun trip!

On a tough day with bad weather, it’s great to have the opportunity to stay in the canals and catch some dinner.

You don’t need a fancy boat, any extra equipment (besides the crab lures), and you don’t need to spend a lot of money on gas.

You can get the crab lures we were using from our shop here:

Have any questions about catching sheepshead on lures?

Let me know down in the comments!

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John Martin
6 months ago

Johnnie here from Englewood most winters , Covid 19 stopped us Canucks from coming this winter. Just waiting to go fishing for for Crappie and Walleye. My Cottage in on an island. Sure miss u guys . Stay safe Luke and Joe

7 months ago

Nice video as usual. Quick question; If you don’t have a trolling motor can you use your regular engine to keep moving or will the noise spook the fish? Thanks and tight lines!

Jeffrey Eyre
7 months ago

You should not talk over the other guy as he’s speaking. Rude and annoying. I was listening to him and I will listen to you. Take your turn!!! It will make a more enjoyable video. Let Cody talk. HE sounds like the expert where you are.

John Volpicella
7 months ago

have enjoyed many of your live fishing videos, great stuff. And fine camera work by Cody. You guys always ask him for different shots, and he does it. I believe it is time for one of you to grab the camera, turn it around, and let Cody have his moment in the sun! Lets see the man Cody. LOL

Jeff Carrillo
7 months ago

So which of the crabs do you think is most productive?

Anthony Bishop
7 months ago

Are the Bull Bay rods med hvy?

Lindsay G Welch
7 months ago

How do you tie the crab

Tyson Dominy
7 months ago

It was good, but I had a tough time hearing Luke.

Jerry Dexter
7 months ago

As Always great video!

7 months ago
Reply to  Jerry Dexter

Thanks Jerry!

Adam Bailey
7 months ago

Thanks for the info guys. If you don’t use one already, a polarizing filter may really help us see your videos better.

7 months ago
Reply to  Adam Bailey

Thanks Adam!


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