How To Quickly Chum Up Sheepshead (Without Wasting Your Bait)


Want to catch more sheepshead in a shorter amount of time?

Then you’re going to love this video!

Chumming for sheepshead is the best way to get them into a feeding frenzy almost instantly, and I’ve done this to catch lots of sheepshead.

All you have to do is scrape off some barnacles into the water, drop your bait down, and hold on!

However, there are several things you need to know before you go scraping off barnacles from any old piling.

Check out the video below to learn how to maximize the sheepshead you catch while chumming for them, and also AVOID getting a big fat fine.

Chumming For Sheepshead [VIDEO]

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The first thing you need to do before you go scraping off barnacles to chum up sheepshead is make sure that it’s legal.

Check the laws in your area before you go.

Also, don’t scrape barnacles off of private docks and don’t scrape off oysters (they’re protected and it’s illegal).

Now, if it’s legal in your area and you want to chum up sheepshead, then you’ll need something to scrape the barnacles off with.

Here are some options:

  • Floor scraper
  • Sand flea rake (I like this because you can scrap up, collect the barnacles in the rake, and throw them where you want to drop your bait)
  • An old paddle

And here’s a little tip: since you’ll be holding these items above deep water, tie a little loop around the handle to wrap around your wrist so that if you drop it, it’s still secure to your hand.


sheepshead on fiddler crab

As you saw in the video, chumming for sheepshead by scraping off barnacles can be really effective.

Just be sure that it’s legal in your area and you’re not scraping off oysters.

Have any questions about chumming for sheepshead?

Let me know down in the comments!

And if you know someone who wants to catch more sheepshead, please TAG or SHARE this with them!

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Mario Relvini
2 months ago

That was crazy Tony. I can’t believe how long you had that drum on. Braided line is the real deal. Looked like the railway causeway. I think that would make me nervous being in between those pilings like that. Nice work!

Nick Dousson
2 months ago

Good information Tony. Quick question, in the video you said you went out and caught the fiddlers the day before. How do you go about catching those?

2 months ago
Reply to  Tony Acevedo

U da man

James Trez
2 months ago

I have always had great luck buying a bag of fresh clams breakinging them open on boat and chumming with shells dropped down same way. Catches really big sheep head! Is very hard to keep raw clam on hook but it definitely works. We weren’t aloud to scrape at all so this technique we figured out after trying all kinds of shellfish! Great video thanks!

Nick Parks
2 months ago

Helpful hint: If scraping from a kayak, wear gloves when scraping barnacles from pilings. One time I ended up with a nice scrape on my fingers from getting too close with the painters tool. Looks like the flooring tool you linked has a nice long handle to use from a boat.

2 months ago

Tony..thanks for video..question when fishing for sheepshead & using crab lure or fresh fiddlers what knot are u using ?? Loop or snug?? Why?? Thanks

Justin Kronenwetter
2 months ago

crushin it! love that fight- great video!

Luis Vivas
2 months ago

Tony- that was lots of fun to watch! Thanks

1 month ago

One of your best videos.
I have a friend that swears by “The Wrap Fishing System” for sheepshead.
Its made by a Florida guy. Google it and check it out.

Joel Pope
1 month ago

I am really surprised Salt Strong endorses this method of fishing. Given the water quality issues that affect the gamefish population I don’t understand why you recommend destroying filter feeding organisms instead of just using chum. This is a very destructive fishing method and goes against everything I would think you should stand for. I number of years ago I participated in a tournament in Pine Island Sound and the CCA had a display where they placed 2 large fish tanks with nasty green cloudy water on the dock the first day of the tournament. In one of the tanks they hung a couple of ropes that were covered with mussels, oysters and barnacles. In 3 days that tank was crystal clear while the other tank still looked like split pea soup. You guys blew it on this one!

1 month ago
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1 month ago

Tony, cool video dude and sorry you lost that black drum I would have loven to see you land him after that fight, that was crazy; as always great information and action, thank you and have a happy new year!

1 month ago

What size line and leader are you using?

Russell Lacoste
1 month ago

Tony you always have the best videos, I received a sand flea rake for Xmas, I was going to return it, now I will keep it, I have been using frozen shrimp heads for chum on sheepshead with good luck also I have switched to 70 lb braid on my sheepshead reels which has proved to work rather well around the pillars, I am cut off less. Keep up the good work. Thanks Russ @ kayak Fishing Charleston

john segelken
1 month ago

Hey Tony, you mention to check local regulations for scraping, where exactly would one look for these regs? Are they county? Town? Thanks.

John Segelken
1 month ago
Reply to  Tony Acevedo

Thanks Tony

1 month ago

Tony, were you using a plastic crab or live bait?

Mark Pusz
1 month ago

Hi Tony, do you have to scrap the barnacles every time you rebait?

Last edited 1 month ago by Mark Pusz
Anthony C Leardi Jr
1 month ago

Really silly question, I’m sorry, I’m new to Florida. How do you catch those fiddler crabs please….?

1 month ago

Here’s a video showing an easy method that’s very effective:

Lee Myers
1 month ago

Great video dude! Quick question, do you find the bottom sweeper jigs are a better option to use than the mission fishin jigs for this kind of fishing?

Mel Crissey
1 month ago

Tony, do you know if those bottom dragger jigs that you caught these fish on are commonly sold at stores such as Academy, BassPro, etc. , or are they king of specialty jigs available mostly as smaller tackle shops?

Gene Kolen
1 month ago

Really smart fishing. Your a real pro.

1 month ago

Hi Tony, what Simrad fish finder model do you use in this video? And a quick recommendation on what kind of fish finders I should get please…

Nick Nemeth
1 month ago

Awesome video Tony despite the heartbreak that we’ve all had. That’s just gonna happen sometimes in those pier and piling situations. Thanks for sharing.

19 days ago


19 days ago

Awesome video! How do you catch the fiddle crabs?

Thank you


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