Last year I was at Oak Island and met a unique fellow that went simply by: "Gator". Seemed to know his stuff. He told me to do as you said and collect the barnacles off of the pier pilings and use them for bait. I never got around to it on that trip but sounded like a great idea. I think that's why those fish's teeth are formed like they are, correct? So they can scrape the aforementioned food items off the pilings?Took the family for water front dinner in beaufort yesterday. While we waited for dinner, the sheepshead kept me and the kids entertained. High tide, super clear water and a sheepshead on just about every pylon, at the restaurant finger piers.
I personally have never really hook and line fished for them, but I have speared a many of them. At high slack tide, scrap the barnacles off your local bridge base. Watch them come from everywhere.
And I also free dive for them (spearfishing) on shack and lookout rock jetties.
That is correct. It has been in the books for years, but after 9/11 it started to be enforced more. So be prepared to untie when asked by Marine Fisheries.You can't legally tie to ANY bridge, port wall, or coast guard dock. That doesn't mean it doesn't happen......