Sunday, July 10, 2011

BIG sheepshead and spadefish.

I found out that a job got cancelled so it gave me a whole day to fish! I launched from under the CBBT at about 8:30AM and had 2 citation sheepshead (24.5" and 25" Both released) by 11-12 o'clock. I circled around the 1st island looking for black drum but didn't have any takers. I took some frozen sea clams and tried for spadefish around the pilings close to the island and ended up with some nice spades ranging from 11"-16.5"  Total for the day was 2 sheepshead, 6 spadefish, 4-5 croaker, an oyster toad, and a few bluefish. I was lucky enough to have Kayak Kevin call and warn me about an hour before a big front pushed through. Just as I got to the truck the storm hit and it was bad! I heard reports of 60mph winds! Sometimes it doesn't pay to fish that extra hour.














10 comments:

  1. Woo! That's a big 'ol sheepshead. Congrats!

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  2. Big old is right! Did you know that when they are that size they can be as old as 25-30 years?

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  3. Good sized Sheepshead. I was chatting to a friend from Tampa yesterday, hoping to get over there for Christmas. He reckons that they're a target species for that time of year. They look like they'd be a lot of fun on light gear !

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  4. They are some of the hardest fighting fish I have caught. Unreal how hard they pull. Light tackle Might be tough to get em in cause they shoot straight for structure. I was using a shimano trevala (offshore jigging rod)and my release reel with 15+ pounds of drag 50lb powerpro and 60# mono leader. My buddy had one bend his hook wide open...yeah they are tough.

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  5. Can you give a rundown on how you fish for sheeps? I have heard its basically a carolina rig and you work the entire length of the piling?
    thanks,
    Alex.

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  6. All of my fish have come off the bottom (though I've heard that they can be anywhere on the pilings)using fiddler crabs. I just use a simple bottom rig with a dropper loop about 12-15" up from the weight. I'm thinking about posting a video on how the set up the whole rig from start to finish. I'll put it on a tab labeled "rigs" on my home page.

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  7. Thanks for the advice. I'm still trying to get out there sometime this summer when the wind lays down enough for a 16ft skiff.

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