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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Joe Geis
4 months ago

Good info Tony. Thanks

2 years ago

Awesome video! How do you catch the fiddle crabs?

Thank you

2 years ago


Nick Nemeth
2 years 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.

2 years 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…

Gene Kolen
2 years ago

Really smart fishing. Your a real pro.

Mel Crissey
2 years 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?

Lee Myers
2 years 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?

Anthony C Leardi Jr
2 years ago

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

Luke Simonds
2 years ago

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

Mark Pusz
2 years ago

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

Last edited 2 years ago by Mark Pusz


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