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Are sheepshead inshore now on rock jetties and such? I usually fish for drum this time of year. I was just curious.
 

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yeah they're are starting to show up pretty good at least in wilmington waters that i know of for sure
 

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I saw a man catching them on muscles....he would crush them and put a small amount on the hook...that's a notch above a Sand flee or fiddler crab as far as I'm concerned. :)
 

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I saw a man catching them on muscles....he would crush them and put a small amount on the hook...that's a notch above a Sand flee or fiddler crab as far as I'm concerned. :)
Mussels are killer sheep bait, just a bit more work involved.
 

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How far "inland" do the Sheepshead travel. Is it better to fish closer to the inlets or do they travel pretty far "upstream" in the sounds?
 

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May is the hot month for big sheepies. should be gettin better by the day.
 
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Probably messin around in the oyster rocks. It would be hard to consistently catch them out their tho.
Maybe, I think they're eating periwinkles and fiddlers though, like I said, they're mixed in with red and black drum tailing on grass flats. I've gotten several of them to eat a fly in that situation, but it's hard to get a clean hookset. Mean fighters when they've got space to play with and I'm not using medium heavy spinning gear with a locked down drag.
 

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How far "inland" do the Sheepshead travel. Is it better to fish closer to the inlets or do they travel pretty far "upstream" in the sounds?
They will travel upstream to some degree in the hotter months, but they will still occupy structure in relatively open water. You can find a few in brackish areas, but you generally won't find too many of them in skinny creek water like you will a trout or redfish. I have cast netted a few juveniles in creeks and marinas, but that is because they are fresh spawn. Mature sheeps (meat fish) will tend to crowd up more in tidal areas with higher salinity. Usually look for them on structure near deeper water: a bridge over the ICW, an ocean pier, a port wall, or a jetty on the backside of a barrier island.
 

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Tons of sheepies on the pylons at the pier today. I caught a decent one in the surf this morn 3lb 5oz .
 
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