Sheepshead Fishing Tips (Best Lures, Rigs, & Mistakes To Avoid)
It’s sheepshead time!
Now that the water is getting colder, sheepshead are starting to take center stage.
These are one of our inshore waters’ most delicious species and (if you target them the right way) they can be pretty easy to catch.
However, these aren’t one of those species that you’ll accidentally stumble across.
You’ve got to know what you’re doing and in this video, we’ll show you everything you need to know.
Here’s a sneak peek of what we covered:
- What the best baits to use for sheepshead are (and which popular one we recommend to avoid)
- What the best lures to use for them are
- The best tides and spots to make catching them much easier
- How to increase your hookup ratio with these notorious bait stealers
- And much more
Sheepshead Fishing Tips [VIDEO]
Sheepshead Fishing Tips [PODCAST]
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Here’s a timestamped table of contents from my conversation with Tony and Luke about how to catch sheepshead:
2:10 – How to find your own honey holes
3:01 – What NOT to do with your soft plastic lures when storing them
5:30 – When the best time of year to catch sheepshead is
6:45 – Using crab lures to catch sheepshead
8:40 – Why sheepshead are one of the easiest species to catch from shore
9:35 – Best tide to catch sheepshead
12:12 – The best types of spots to catch sheepshead
18:39 – Best crab lures to catch sheepshead on
21:09 – Best baits and rigs for putting kids on sheepshead
23:36 – Using fiddler crabs and sand fleas for sheepshead in the winter
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- LIVE SHRIMP VS. FROZEN SHRIMP VS. FIDDLER CRAB (BAIT DURABILITY TEST)
26:50 – Using barnacles as bait and chumming up sheepshead with them
28:48 – How to position your boat or kayak to catch sheepies
31:27 – How to set the hook (sheepshead are notorious bait stealers)
33:40 – Tony’s favorite sheepshead rig for using fiddler crabs or sand fleas
35:00 – Whether or not you should keep the claw on the fiddler crab
35:56 – Best crab lure colors for sheepshead
38:19 – How to cook sheepshead
39:45 – How to fillet sheepshead (including Luke’s sheepshead “amateur sketch”)
I hope these tips help you catch tons of sheepshead this winter!
Remember: look for them around hard structure (like bridges, docks, and rocks) and use shrimp, sand fleas, fiddler crabs, or crab lures.
Have any questions about catching sheepshead?
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