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Targeting sheepshead does anyone do it?

#1 User is offline   bassnbrian 

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 08:35 AM

Posted ImageHi everyone.

I was out yesterday in the kayak and landed this beast of a sheepshead!


my question for you all is... Does anyone actually target these fish? or are the catches always just accident? Is there any reading material out there you know of? (google hasnt been much of a help)
Thanks in advance for the insights!

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 08:44 AM

They do tend to put up a great fight, very heavy fish.
Nice sized one there for sure.
I never target sheephead but I do like catching & fighting them.
I was told by many people that the bump in their head contains some type of silver/grey colored 'rocks', that some people catch them for that reason.
But as far a an eating fish, I would say not although some might put them in a smoker.
I remember way back in the day my father used to take the family fishing every Sunday at Jefferson & Southfield Roads.
We caught many of these, plus good perch, LM/SM bass, and what we called pickerel back then.
We took all of them home, cleaned them & cooked them up.

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 08:48 AM

Sometimes I "target" them if I am just looking to sit back and catch some hard fighting fish, worm on the bottom. However, I have caught them using jigs, flatfish, spinners, hot n tots but those were on accident. Nice fish though, big!
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Posted 10 May 2013 - 10:51 AM

Thanks guys. I wasn't thinking of targeting them for food, though I wouldnt be closed to that. http://www.in-fisher...reshwater-drum/

I was thinking of targeting them for the shear fun of it...Man was that a fight! and from a kayak! tons of fun!
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Posted 10 May 2013 - 10:57 AM

View Postbassnbrian, on 10 May 2013 - 08:35 AM, said:

Posted ImageHi everyone.

I was out yesterday in the kayak and landed this beast of a sheepshead!


my question for you all is... Does anyone actually target these fish? or are the catches always just accident? Is there any reading material out there you know of? (google hasnt been much of a help)
Thanks in advance for the insights!

That's huge!!
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Posted 10 May 2013 - 10:59 AM

SHRIMP :rolleyes: found this out sturgeon fishing
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Posted 10 May 2013 - 11:02 AM

Yes we target them throwing streamers. They are waaay over looked as a sport fish. Great fish to catch on a 7 wt especially if you can find some of the larger ones.
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Posted 10 May 2013 - 11:33 AM

where/when do you target them Jb10? Not asking for specific locations just general information. Thanks!
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Posted 10 May 2013 - 12:03 PM

That's a nice one!

Yeah, I caught a big one on a diving minnowbait trolling for pike(!) and the fish put up a great fight. Had no idea it was easily MA size. Must have been fun to catch in a 'yak, for sure!

Streamers? I've always though of them as bottom -- or at least deep -- feeders. Sinking line?

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It's bad luck to be superstitious.

Any angler who thinks trolling is boring ain't doing it right.

No need to question my sanity. I fish for muskies. That should serve as proof of insanity...
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Posted 10 May 2013 - 12:38 PM

they seem to like those goby plastics. Very little action required--just drifting.
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Posted 10 May 2013 - 01:26 PM

i catch about 30 every year biggest ever was last year 29.5 inch 9lb. 6 oz. i throw them back nice fighting fish most caught on tube baits
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Posted 10 May 2013 - 01:30 PM

View Postbassnbrian, on 10 May 2013 - 10:51 AM, said:

Thanks guys. I wasn't thinking of targeting them for food, though I wouldnt be closed to that. http://www.in-fisher...reshwater-drum/

I was thinking of targeting them for the shear fun of it...Man was that a fight! and from a kayak! tons of fun!


Bet that sheephead was pulling your kayak all over the place, they can be very strong.
I'd like to be in a kayak & hook a nice sized catfish & go for a nice free tour of the lake!
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Posted 10 May 2013 - 01:34 PM

View Postslish1, on 10 May 2013 - 01:26 PM, said:

i catch about 30 every year biggest ever was last year 29.5 inch 9lb. 6 oz. i throw them back nice fighting fish most caught on tube baits


29.5 inches!! Do you have a picture? I do not doubt you...just would like to see an image of that monster!
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Posted 10 May 2013 - 02:22 PM

They will feed on crustaceans and smaller baitfish. As kids we would catch them all the time on crayfish and minnows when fishing for perch. On LSC I have mostly just accidently found them while fishing for smallies and then kept fishing for the drum once they were found. Most of the time this happened around the mile roads or metro area. Only other times I have targeted them is near the head water of the detroit river near the sturgeon hole.
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Posted 10 May 2013 - 02:26 PM

I get em a lot too, always on accident, never Target them but love reeling em in. Caught my biggest last year but didn't weigh or measure it. Was around 20" and 5lbs. My buddy caught the biggest one I've ever seen from his kayak, looked half as big as his yak! The record is almost 40" so they get huge. I get lots of them in the Metro canal while catfishing in the summer, that's where I got my biggest
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