Category: sheepshead

are sheepahead with leasions safe to eat

Posted on July 4th, 2014

Hi Gary…I would be more concerned on where any fish is caught, than markings that it has on it’s body. If it was caught in Hamilton, ON harbor, I would not suggest eating it…God bless you, Italo

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Hi Italo: I thoroughly enjoyed your show on Sheepshead out of L. Erie and agree they are a game fish that provides an excellent fight. I did not know they were an excellent eating fish! I was surprised you caught so many on a tube. My personal experience has landed numerous monsters from Hamilton Harbour to rivers Grand and Niagara using my go to lure a CC jigging spoon in silver or gold. Just wondering if you have ever used this technique I know they hit it like a freight train and put up a great fight.

Posted on October 8th, 2011

Hi Clifford..Thank you for your kind words. .I have caught sheepshead on everything from worms to jigging spoons, crankbaits, spinnerbaits and jigs/plastic grubs. They take really well and put up a good fight….God bless you, Italo

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hay italo i watched your sheepshead epesode and i was wondering if there any places curently near toronto i can fish them and what baits i should use and were to obtain the bait and want to be able to catch a few of them i dont own a boat so i need a place from shore. sorry if i sound a bit demanding but i have a friend who was diagnosed with cancer and he realy enjoys your show and fishing.your biggest fan taha p.s.where can i get trigger x

Posted on August 18th, 2011

Hi Taha…Sorry to hear of your friend that has cancer. I don’t know of any good areas in Toronto, but I do know that if you use worms on the bottom in the Niagara Whirlpool, or below the Dunnville, ON dam on the Grand River you will catch them. I’m not sure who sells TriggerX. I have a feeling some Canadian Tire stores do. Try calling one close to where you live and as for someone in their sporting goods department. They should be able to tell you if they sell it….God bless you, Italo

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I saw your sheepshead fishing episode and was wondering where it was you were fishing.I was planning to go to Port Dalhousie to fish the canal for sheepshead.What do you suggest

Posted on May 2nd, 2011

Hi Brian….I did that show on Lake Erie, in front of Buffalo, NY. You can get lot’s of sheepshead at Port Dalhousie when the water warms-up a little. Another great spot is the Grand River below the Dunnville, ON dam. You can catch them at both loations from shore. Worms are the best bait fished on the bottom….God bless you, Italo

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I caught a large sheephead in northern lake ontario. what is the record size

Posted on August 23rd, 2009

Hi Paul…According to the OFAH’s Ontario Fish Registry, the Ontario record sheepshead (freshwater drum), is as follows;

Weight: 20.60 lbs.
Length: 31.00 in.
Waterbody: French River
Girth: 26.50 in.
Bait/Lure: Jig with Worm
Date Caught: August 31, 1991
Angler: Aaron Mohr. Fennville, Michigan

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Hi Italo I love your show and your helpful fishing tips. I am just wondering if you know where I can catch freshwater Drum from shore. I remember 10 years ago I went to Peterbrough for them but forgot where that place was. I like them because they are easy and fun to catch and release. Thanks for your help.

Posted on May 11th, 2009

Hi Ed….One of the best places to catch them from shore is in the Grand River below the Dunnville Dam in Dunnville, ON from the end of May and all of June. You can simply fish worms on the bottom for them. The best place to fish there is to go on Grand Island (parking fee), and drive around until you are accross from the town of Dunnville, and fish anywhere along the shore. Dunnville, ON is located near Lake Erie, and is south-east of Hamilton, ON….God bless you, Italo

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Hi Italo how are you.hope your having a great year.Just wondering when was the last time you have heard of a drun fish being caught in the bay of quinte area.I heard that someone just caught one in the murry canal between brightin bay and bay of quinte.I always thought they were a salt water fish until i looked it up on the internet and they are a fresh water fish as well.I did not see the fish to confirm but heard one was caught.Keep up the great work that your doing.

Posted on August 23rd, 2008

Hi Briane…Thank you for your kind words. I am doing well thank you. Last time I talked to a person who had caught a drum was Tues., on the Bay of Quinte while we were there filming. In fact, he caught several up to 13 lb. and kept a fish to eat. I heard back after he tried it and he loved-it and was heading back to the Bay to try and catch more! Your research is correct, there is a saltwater drum most commonly reffered as a Black Drum that can reach weight greater than 70 lb., and the freshwater drum which is commonly called a Sheepshead. Freshwater drum are excellent eating and once cooked, they taste more like seafood. At one time there was a thriving commercial fishery for the in the Great Lakes…God bless you, Italo

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