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Did tons of googling on how to catch sheepshead on artificial with little to now results, probably because there is none ideal for them, heh.

But i live by the marina and i see them just chillin by the walls evrery other week and i really really want to catch them. However i dont keep fiddler crabs or shrimp as pets so i need ideas on artificials to quickly work the marina length.

So far i tried vudu shrmps, 3d japanese shrimps, desperation crank bairs, spoons to make my neighbors laugh lol. even some bass gear like worms and frogs.

They just aint biting. Any suggestions? I mean something fun besides live shrimp etc.

Last resort imma buy a bow and robin hood them
 

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Sheepshead don’t like artificial lures anymore than cows like AstroTurf.
I believe they don’t-But I’ve caught them occasionally on artificial. Vudu Shrimp,Swimbaits/Paddletails, crankbaits, mirrolures, etc.Mostly bycatch from Red and Trout Fishing. I believe they’re so territorial, it’s a reaction strike. I’m pretty sure they’ll eat a fly like a champ too.
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They'll take Gulp and Fishbites on a slow presentation, dangling it under cork works pretty good. At close range they can be very spooky, though. Docks, piers, pilings and bulkheads hold lots of barnacles, one of their primary food sources.
 

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I’ve gotten quite a few on various saltwater type flies like borski sliders, redfish crack and shrimp patterns.

They aren’t as prone to chase down a fly as maybe a redfish would, but they will usually take a look at a crab like or shrimp looking pattern if it’s in their line of sight and they don’t get spooked first.
 

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I caught 2 sheepheads this past Saturday using a crank bait by rocks. Before this, I could only catch them on small crabs.
 

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DOA shrimp, small Gulp shrimp and Gulp grubs
 

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However i dont keep fiddler crabs or shrimp as pets so i need ideas on artificials to quickly work the marina length.
I'm not really sure what this means, but the next time you eat some shrimp, set the smallest 2 or 3 aside and freeze them until you're ready to catch sheepshead. I spent many hours in the 80s catching sheepies from the sides of the SLP pier pilings and the number one bait without question was shrimp. In my experience, there may be a food they'd rather eat, but they won't turn their nose up at a motionless piece of shrimp. The best part, IMO, is the last joint before the tail, with the shell still on it but the tail torn off. We used #10 trebles back then, but I use small circle hooks now. The problem with small hooks is their jaws will flatten a hook in a heartbeat, so if you can find a small circle hook that is double weight, that would be best. For how to rig, I use a split shot to get it down and do not use a cork, lots of false alarms with a cork.
 

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Wife uses tiny rattle traps and catches quite a few, it's always funny to see people surprised when she pulls in 6, 7, 8... and on. It appears to me that she annoys the heck out of them running that thing back and forth until they hit it just to shut it up. Those things mutilate the little treble hooks on the tiny traps, need to find her some tougher trebles to switch out. I tried it and can't do it, perhaps I'm not annoying enough. :mpd:
 

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I'm not really sure what this means, but the next time you eat some shrimp, set the smallest 2 or 3 aside and freeze them until you're ready to catch sheepshead. I spent many hours in the 80s catching sheepies from the sides of the SLP pier pilings and the number one bait without question was shrimp. In my experience, there may be a food they'd rather eat, but they won't turn their nose up at a motionless piece of shrimp. The best part, IMO, is the last joint before the tail, with the shell still on it but the tail torn off. We used #10 trebles back then, but I use small circle hooks now. The problem with small hooks is their jaws will flatten a hook in a heartbeat, so if you can find a small circle hook that is double weight, that would be best. For how to rig, I use a split shot to get it down and do not use a cork, lots of false alarms with a cork.
Good advice, thanks. I didnt mean to sound offensive, it was a joke that I dont have them live at home at all times,to go guns blazing when when i spot big ones during evening walks
 

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I caught one on a catch 2000, went straight to my buddy about 10 ft away from me, he netted him and attempted to remove the lure with his hand. Big mistake, heard him yell and saw his thumb being chomped down with those big chompers, was holarious!
 

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Good advice, thanks. I didnt mean to sound offensive, it was a joke that I dont have them live at home at all times,to go guns blazing when when i spot big ones during evening walks
That would have been my bet :smile:, and I was not offended. Other natural baits that can be easily stored frozen and work great for both sheeps and flounder is belly strips. When you're cleaning fish, cut the belly meat into strips and chunks with the scales still on.
 

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Caught one recently sight casting on some shallow rocks using a saltwater spinner bait with white curly-tailed Gulp on the jig head.
 

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That would have been my bet :smile:, and I was not offended. Other natural baits that can be easily stored frozen and work great for both sheeps and flounder is belly strips. When you're cleaning fish, cut the belly meat into strips and chunks with the scales still on.
DO NOT DO THIS WITH GAME FISH!!! It is very illegal to use game fish as bait. But non game fish this works great.
 

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DO NOT DO THIS WITH GAME FISH!!! It is very illegal to use game fish as bait. But non game fish this works great.
It's only illegal if you get caught. The problem is, 90% of fishermen don't even know what a game fish is. Most people think that just because a fish has a size and bag limit, that it's a game fish. I have the game warden's called on me all the time for using drum, sheepshead, gafftop, or flounder for shark bait.

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It's only illegal if you get caught. The problem is, 90% of fishermen don't even know what a game fish is. Most people think that just because a fish has a size and bag limit, that it's a game fish. I have the game warden's called on me all the time for using drum, sheepshead, gafftop, or flounder for shark bait.

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That makes no sense. Its illegal after its been declared so, period. You only get away with it if you are not caught. That applies to any illegal activity. I mean im not saying death penalty, but still.
 

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That makes no sense. Its illegal after its been declared so, period. You only get away with it if you are not caught. That applies to any illegal activity. I mean im not saying death penalty, but still.
I didn't say I do it, I just said it's only illegal if you get caught. It's no different than speeding, drinking and driving, or cheating on your taxes. There's nothing better for catching big speckled trout then baby speckled trout, or so I've heard.

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