The RIGHT WAY To Rig Live Shrimp To Catch Sheepshead
How should you be rigging your live shrimp to catch sheepshead?
What common mistakes to people make when rigging live shrimp?
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How To Rig Live Shrimp For Sheepshead
The assembly of this rig is simple and you need only a few pieces of gear.
You need a small 1/16 oz. bullet weight and a 1/0 octopus inline hook.
How To Hook The Shrimp
For this rig, you are inserting the hook through the head of the shrimp.
First, carefully tear off the tail of the shrimp because it adds scent to attract the sheepshead to the bait.
Then, take your octopus inline hook and hook it just underneath the front horn of the shrimp on its head.
There is a clear spot just underneath the top horns on the shrimp where you want to put the hook.
Be careful not to be too far back in the darker area of the head because that will kill the shrimp.
Where To Place Your Shrimp
The main key to fishing for sheepshead with live shrimp is keeping that shrimp as close as possible to the structure itself.
Ideally, you want your bait right where pilings bend and the current is sweeping around them.
When fishing with live bait, you want your bait to drift with the current into the structure.
If you can’t set yourself up in that perfect scenario, then it is best to get up as close as possible to the structure you are fishing.
Maintain the tension on your line and wait to feel that bite from a sheepshead.
If you are using a circle hook, you DO NOT want to set the hook aggressively.
Instead, you need to just reel up and fast to let the hook set itself in corner of the fish’s mouth.
How To Rig Live Shrimp For Sheepshead [VIDEO]
This is a fantastic time of year to target some pilings and underwater structures for sheepshead that may be holding close.
Live shrimp or artificial shrimp and crustacean lures are an excellent way to hook up with sheepshead hugging structure.
Be sure to get up and close to the pilings where the sheepshead will likely be hanging around!
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P.S. – Want to catch big, good-eating, and feisty sheepshead with live bait or artificial lures, near pilings and underwater structure? Check out our Sheepshead Mini-Course.
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