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Florida Sheepshead.

Posted on December 17th, 2017

Florida Sheepshead are plentiful, fairly easy to locate around bridge abutments and wood pile, but tricky to hook and land since they like to swim around the barnacle covered obstacles.

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Sometimes they can be spotted quietly feeding around the vertical structure from just a few inches below the surface, to all the way to the bottom. They can be caught as shallow as a couple of feet, or in 25’+ of water.  Sheepshead are good fighters and excellent eating.

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They have very hard mouths lines with teeth and special crushers just inside their mouths. Recently I targeted them using light line, a long 9′ Rapala Baja Magnum Saltwater rod equipped with a small #4 hook, split-shot sinker and just a 1/2 cut fresh shrimp. Guess what we had for dinner?

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