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#10661182 - 03/02/15 11:07 AM What bait should I use for sheephead ?
old fisherman Offline
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Registered: 03/03/08
Posts: 69
Loc: Glen Rose
No live shrimp here at Port A.... What is another bait to catch Sheephead ??? I have a boat and usually fish jetty's and fina piers...

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#10661434 - 03/02/15 12:33 PM Re: What bait should I use for sheephead ? [Re: old fisherman]
Palehorse Offline
Angler

Registered: 12/24/07
Posts: 385
Loc: Surfside Beach, Texas
My favorite sheephead bait is fiddler crabs. Fresh dead peeled shrimp works good fished close to the rocks.
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#10663572 - 03/03/15 08:01 AM Re: What bait should I use for sheephead ? [Re: old fisherman]
outdoorsman916 Offline
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Registered: 08/23/14
Posts: 506
Loc: Stafford Tx
I like live shrimp under a cork close to rock groins.

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#10664372 - 03/03/15 12:21 PM Re: What bait should I use for sheephead ? [Re: old fisherman]
Minnowkiller Offline
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Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 980
Loc: Alvarado, TX
what kind of presentation do yall use? do yall float it next to the rocks with a cork, or on the bottom, or what?
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#10664449 - 03/03/15 12:52 PM Re: What bait should I use for sheephead ? [Re: old fisherman]
Capt. Andrew Offline
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Registered: 07/28/11
Posts: 1104
Loc: Port Isabel/SPI
I like free lined live shrimp. They are thick down here in SPI right now.
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#10669084 - 03/04/15 07:42 PM Re: What bait should I use for sheephead ? [Re: old fisherman]
4x4Active Offline
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Registered: 03/07/14
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I use live or dead shrimp under a cork.Throw em near rocks or structure. But you will also catch croakers.
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#10669782 - 03/04/15 11:13 PM Re: What bait should I use for sheephead ? [Re: old fisherman]
Tejas Trofeo Offline
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Registered: 06/30/10
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I wouldn't waste a live shrimp on a sheepshead.

Fresh dead or sea lice fished close to structure. No cork just hook and weight with 30# leader

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#10770757 - 04/15/15 06:29 PM Re: What bait should I use for sheephead ? [Re: old fisherman]
Outwest Offline
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Registered: 11/26/12
Posts: 2
Ghost shrimp, and sea anenomes work great.

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#10771177 - 04/15/15 09:27 PM Re: What bait should I use for sheephead ? [Re: old fisherman]
Trey_98 Offline
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Registered: 02/02/14
Posts: 1204
Loc: Rockport TX
Ghost shrimp, but you gotta get it yourself
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#10787401 - 04/22/15 12:27 PM Re: What bait should I use for sheephead ? [Re: old fisherman]
CaptNathan Offline
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Registered: 04/22/15
Posts: 8
Loc: Tomball, Tx
Shrimp, live is the best. No cork, just use a treble hook and 30# leader and a split shot. Works awesome for trout in the same areas.

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#10787713 - 04/22/15 02:02 PM Re: What bait should I use for sheephead ? [Re: old fisherman]
banderapass1 Offline
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Registered: 02/27/12
Posts: 1392
Loc: Texas
SAND FLEAS --get them in the surf as it washes onto the sand beach then washes back.Use a large scoop or bucket that self drains quickly..Hook these under their collar shell,these are great bait for sheeps.

GHOST SHRIMP-get these on the beach..you will see holes in the sand with a small berm mostly at the water edge as the surf washes on the beach and goes back..Buy a pump at one of the local stores for this.Place the pump against the sand on the hole..Draw pressure up in the pump and force the pressure back out on the sand..The ghost shrimp will be in the sand you just pushed out.
Weve them on your hook.They are very delicate creatures but great bait for sheeps and whiting.
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#10808154 - 04/29/15 10:51 PM Re: What bait should I use for sheephead ? [Re: old fisherman]
Duckcreek Davy Offline
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Registered: 05/12/03
Posts: 8640
Loc: Wylie, TX. USA
1) small crabs
2) small crabs
3) small crabs

Wear a leather work glove when putting them on your hook. I usually use a 3 ft. steel leader and a split shot of lead and drop them right next to the pier where I see them feeding. They absolutely can't resist biting them. It's like candy to them.
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#10808946 - 04/30/15 10:24 AM Re: What bait should I use for sheephead ? [Re: old fisherman]
APynckel Offline
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Registered: 04/02/13
Posts: 561
Loc: Tx
Some kind of small crustacean with pincers, drop it down in eddies around docks or piers during the tides. That's where they hang out, feeding off that which collects there in the low pressure areas.


Edited by APynckel (04/30/15 10:24 AM)

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#10809913 - 04/30/15 04:43 PM Re: What bait should I use for sheephead ? [Re: old fisherman]
walthend1 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 05/21/14
Posts: 58
How much longer till the sheepshead are gone?

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#10817792 - 05/04/15 02:07 PM Re: What bait should I use for sheephead ? [Re: old fisherman]
cudakilla Offline
Angler

Registered: 09/09/04
Posts: 457
Loc: Austin
Shrimp will work but small crabs are best. The trash fish won't mess with them. Small 1" blue crabs are the best. Sand fiddlers will work very well too. Sheepshead will drop whatever they are doing when they see crabs. It's like candy to them.

@waltend1...they never ever go away. They are around all year. They are less picky in the winter and will take live shrimp readily.
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