Sheepshead

Typically found around oyster bars, seawalls and tidal creeks, Sheepshead are an inshore species with prominent teeth, no barbels on the lower jay, and are a silvery color with 5 to 6 vertical black bars on their sides. They are omnivorous and feed mostly on crustaceans and small fish.  Sheepshead are known as fractional spawners as they only lay a portion of their eggs at a time, typically in March and April in inshore waters. 

Method of Fishing - Bottom and wreck fishing

Tackle - 12 to 20 lb class boat rod with baitcaster reel, 12 to 20 lb mono line, and an 8' single hook leader or two hook bottom rig with hooks from 6 to 2/0.

Bait - Cut or whole natural baits, including crab, shrimps, mussels, clams, worms, and sandeels, and strips of mackerel, cuttlefish, squid or octopus. Use live shrimp, sand fleas or fiddler crabs on a small hook fished on the bottom.