Set out on Sunday, drove through the rain heading from Greenville to Morehead for a little sheephead fishing. Arrived at the HWY 70 Radio Island boat launch to an unfamiliar scene. The ramp was almost empty. Was this heaven? There were several folks waiting on the weather, but only a few were in the water. There was some lightening and rain off in the distance. The T-storms were moving off and up the coast so I decided to get going. I arrived about 2 hours before low tide and set out to find some sand crabs. I made it across the channel to a small island where I found crabs. I noticed the shoreline in the Morehead City direction begin to disappear. I had a few moments before the bottom fell out. I have been carrying a large golf umbrella in kayak for a little shade in the hot sun, I backed up to a dune and waited out the rain. It was a short down pour and then I was back to digging crabs. I caught about 50 - 60 and headed off in search of urchins. With low tide in around an hour I had plenty of time to find them. After scouring a few urchins off the rip rap and port wall, I put one on and started working my way out along the port wall. I had few bumps, before a nice hit... I hooked up and began reeling in the fish, didn't fight much but felt pretty hefty. I landed about a 4-5 lb oyster toad. What a mouth on that bugger. I released and put down another bait. It continued to rain off and on for the next couple of hours. As the tide changed around 10 am I noticed some bait in the area between the hwy 70 bridge and the railroad bridge. I threw my cast net and landed bait and dinner. I caught 8 or so large cigar minnows and about a dozen jumbo white shrimp. The shrimp were about 8 inches long. First shrimp in the cast net for me. Got them all in the minnow bucket and set out with another urchin on the line. Dropped it down to about 40 ft or so, just off the bottom. Minutes rolled by and finally a bump. I set the hook on my first sheephead on urchin. It was about 3.5 lbs. In the cooler it went. Set down another urchin and worked my way down the port wall towards the turning basin. An hour went by with no bites. I headed back to the Hwy 70 bridge on the Beaufort side. I decided to try some crabs. Put one down and immediately had a small 1lb sheephead. I fished with crabs for several more hours and managed 3 more sheephead and a ton of undersized sea bass. All in all a great day on the water. 4 sheep head. 3 x 3-4 lb'rs and 2 x 1-2 lb'rs. I did have some questions about fishing for Sheephead in deeper water if anyone would like to respond... In 40 ft of water, do you still drop the bait close to the bottom? When using urchins are you expecting less action but larger fish?When using urchins does size matter? I caught urchins from 1.5 inches in diameter to 3 or 4 inches in diameter. Has anyone found a method of storing fish guts until trash day? I usually double bag them and throw them in a cooler on my left over ice. This works for about a day or so. BTW, nothing beats a cheese omelet with fresh saute'd jumbo shrimp. MMMMM .