Where To Catch BIG Sheepshead In Early Summer


It is that time of the year to head out and catch BIG sheepshead in early summer!!

Temperatures are climbing, the crabs are out, and baitfish is everywhere – summer is coming!

I met up with local YouTuber Erin Weaver (finsandfossils) in search of some bites next to nearby docks.

Take a look at the full trip below!!

Catch BIG Sheepshead In Early Summer [VIDEO]

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Setup Used:

Once we got close to the docks, we started out using mud crabs on a 1/2-ounce jighead.

It didn’t take long at all to get a bite!!

But that didn’t last long…

Erin caught a few small fish after the first one I caught and then the tides changed so we moved to a different set of docks.

We got plenty of bites once we moved.

A giant sheepshead was screaming drag off my spool and I thought I had it wrapped around the dock pilings.

But, I was able to pull it out and stick with it.

Major Takeaway

The major takeaway from this trip was to target shaded areas.

Every fish I caught on this trip was below a shaded dock.

Water temperatures are rising and the fish are slowing down just a bit.

I did not get any attention from any fish in the sunny areas.

Try to target docks with deepwater and shade so the fish can find stable conditions to feed.

Tackle & Gear

I tend to use 30lb braid for sheepshead fishing because of how close I fish to the docks and pilings.

Break-offs will happen when fishing this close to structure so it is a good idea to bump up your line.

I also use a Medium or Medium-Heavy rod paired with a 2500-sized reel to make sure you have enough power to get the fish out of structure.

Finding the feeding fish is ultimately the ticket to your success.

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anthony masiello
3 months ago

Love how hard they fight! And taste!

James Lee
3 months ago

Can you tell us a little more about what tides you like and what depth docks you’re looking to fish and do you have better luck on the pilings closest to the shoreline or outer pilings? I live on a shallow inlet (Hog Inlet, SC) with lots of riprap walls and docks but few are more than 2-3ft deep at low tide and 5-8ft. at high tide. Never see anyone sheephead fishing here, wonder if they are there?


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