Holy [censored]. You guys are making my gears turn. OK, let me think this through.
Huckleberry, my deal is that I'm fishing from the shore. Specifically, these days, my local jetty. #shoreboundangler Imagine standing on a jetty and casting out. Your bait settles to the bottom on or near the rocks. When you retrieve, your rig wants to go into the rocks.
Fishing vertically around bridge pilings stacked with sheepies sounds amazing. It's just not what I am doing. I can see myself, in early retirement, showing up at the local fish marked with a hundred fifty pounds of fresh sheepshead and pocketing $60 bucks though!
Jim Ford, I think the biggest difference is rocks vs. submerged brush. Also, I think like sir Huckleberry, you are fishing vertically. Your blacksmithing ambition with all the hammering and drilling sounds awesome hobby wise. But as soon as I start dragging that rig thru the granite at the jetty, well, I'll need a bunch of those braizing rods. Sounds like you may be describing a Lindy Rig? Not sure, since I don't soak a lot of suckers for Walleye, but I'd like to!
Awesome input by the way. I'm listening. Also, I'm planning a Sheepshead trip this Saturday and hope to post a positive report.
Maybe I can figure out how to post pics.?!
bugs the shoreboundangler