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Fun targetting sheepshead in deep-water using Raymarine fishfinders.

Posted on June 30th, 2015

As man of you know I love to fish for anything that swims, from the prestigeous gamefish to suckers, carp, sheepshead and panfish! My wife Barb, Mulligan our pup and I had a blast yesterday purposely using our Raymarine fishfinders to locate and target individual sheepshead in 25-30′ of water.

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As you can see from the eSeries Raymarine (above),  we used the it to locate a concentration of sheepshead and than positioned our boat to compensate for windage and engaged the electric to keep us on top of the fish.

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Keeping on top of the fish was easy using the Raymarine Dragonfly at the bow of the boat that has the sonar on the bottom of the electric.

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Barb and I tag-teamed. She kept her eye on the consul fishfinder and fished vertically off the transom of the boat where that transducer is located.  I controlled the boat with the electric and used the Dragonfly to mark the fish off the bow.

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Locating them is easy, but it’s a real challenge to get them to take. We used 4″ tubes with the new Gamakatsu football jigheads and standard tube-jigs to get them to commit. At that depth they hit very lighly and it’s a real challenge to set the hook at the right time. The Sufix 832 braided line really makes a difference in feeling and hooking fish.

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A lot of people may frown at targeting sheepshead, but when you can locate individual fish with the sonar that deep and hook the fish you are marking it’s a blast! Kind of like targeting black drum and grouper in the Gulf of Mexico, Fl.

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