We left from St. Simons Island this morning and decided that the choppy water offshore wasn’t bad enough to deter us from fishing for some Sheepshead on the nearshore reefs. We ran out at 35 knots and were quickly at the first stop.
Our first drop produced a double hook-up with a 7 pound Sheepshead and a 4 pound reef bandit. While it was tough to stay over the structure, we were able to secure the boat well enough to stay on the bite.
The bite slowed after the tide change and we decided to run inshore and make one last stop before heading back to Morningstar Marina. That stop proved to be productive as we caught several Trout and Redfish.
Our biggest Sheepshead today were caught on Shrimp, even though that isn’t typically the most popular Sheepshead bait. I use them frequently and find that the Sheepies will eat them just as good and sometimes better than a fiddler crab. The Sea Bass bite wasn’t bad for the most part. We did have a few times on certain pieces of structure that the Sea Bass seemed to take over, but after a minor adjustment we would have the boat right back to where it needed to be.
The Sheepies will be offshore for a few more weeks at least, so just give me a call to set up a fishing trip out of St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island, or Brunswick, GA.
Capt. TJ Cheek