Trophy Lake Erie, NY Sheepshead.

Posted on July 5th, 2011

[nggallery id=553]Tony Brecknock and I had a chance to fish for trophy sheepshead yesterday in Lake Erie, NY.  We started late and only got to our spot around 10am.  To my surprise there was lot’s of boat traffic and Tony reminded me it was the 4th of July in the US!  Winds were picking up and by the time we got to our spot, it was tough controlling the boat, but we were able to using the Minn Kota Fourtrax 80 lb. thrust electric.  Using both the electric and our bow & consul Humminbird sonars we located a large school of sheepshead in 26-28′ of water and started working them with our Rapala Shift Rod & Reel outfits & Sufix 832 braided line.  The Lucky Strike Live Release Basket Net ensure we landed all the fish quickly with no hook-tangles!

We use TriggerX Tubes and Flutter Worms on 1/4 oz. jigheads to catch all of our fish.  They were hitting light, but in just a couple of hours we landed about a dozen trophy-size fish.  While many people frown at catching Sheepshead, I have come to really enjoy them and appreciate them.  They are plentiful in our Great Lakes, they hit lures well (jigs, spoons, crankbaits), they fight much like a large walleye and to many peoples surprise, they taste great!

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