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i like to catch some sheepshead when i am fishing if they are available. wife likes the taste. I have not been fishing since july. I am hoping to go fishing either this weekend afternoon or the next one. I fish mainly hopedale or myrtle grove. Anybody have any advice on where i might be able to target some? I usually get lucky when finding them. Any help would be appreciated i usually only catch in summer. also are there any artificial lures that work for them or is it pretty much shrimp. thanks in advance
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Hopedale
rigs at stone island. Last year around this time we loaded on drum and sheepshead at the shallow rigs of stone island. Market bait near the pilings.
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Shad rigs
We used to jig the power lines in Lake Pontchartrain with the yellow and white H & H shad rigs. Pull the boat right up to the legs and drop it straight down to the bottom and jig it slowly to the surface. Shrimp works too.
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thanks
thanks guys for the help. Im hoping to get to try some this weekend
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Myrtle Grove
I usually load up on the sheepshead in myrtle grove in late October at just about any oyster bed. They're really finicky though and bite very light so it's a challenge catching them. Once u figure out how they're biting for the day, you can load up easily. Good luck!
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great
thanks for the tip. still somewhat new to myrtle grove but really like it. now gotta find some oyster beds and im good. thanks for the help i appreciate it
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Further info
No problem. Glad i could help someone out. For starters, you can try the eastern coastline of Lake Laurier and the western coastline of Round Lake. Just drag your sinkers on the bottom and you will be able to tell right away whats down there. Just be sure to use small hooks, cut market shrimp and keep your lines tight. I've tried carolina rigs before with some success but they tend to like the triple swivel rig more. Again, good luck man! Let us know how you do.
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Sheep Herding
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I'll admit, Sheepshead have become a guilty pleasure for me. Their fillets are tasty, versatile in many dishes. The nickname 'poorman's crabmeat' is well-earned. They fight hard like Snapper, especially the bigger ones.

I prefer to use a dropshot rig and tightline it close to structure like pilings, erster beds, rock seawalls, etc. Small live shrimp seem to work best for your quickest hookups but live shrimp and market shrimp work too. Crab also works.

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Goats
Sheepshead are one of my favorites. It will not be long and you will be able catch plenty. They move to the inside in the fall and winter. Shrimp on the bottom is the best way to target them. Once the water cools down they will stack up most of the deeper bayous with oyster bottoms. Bayou Laloutre past Stump Lagoon is a good area as is bayou St Marlo on the Biloxi Marsh side. On the Hopedale side try bayous Robin, Batola, and Middle. They will stay in those areas throughout out the winter, then come February they will move out to the outer bays and sound to spawn. Then they are super easy to catch. Just fish most any rig in 12' to 20' of water and you can load up.
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sheephead
I find that if I remove the rubber tail from the jig and just use the head/hook, with a dead shrimp I have better results catching drum and sheephead than I do fishing with a tail on with a shrimp. I think it's because of the shape of their mouth. I got a deep hole spot out of Basson's that during the cold times (as mentioned before), the fish stack up. If I use a rubber tail I catch a red. Take it off and I catch a drum, or sheephead. My suggestion-try taking the tail off and just using a shrimp......
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thanks
great info guys. I lucked into one this summer that was a little over 7 pounds on a certified scale. it was a beast and a great fight. I am hooked on them. I plan on going saturday afternoon this weekend but i guess we will have to wait and see what this tropical storm does. thanks again. if i go i will let you know
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