Fishing The Pass For Sheepshead
I got two days in a row to do some fishing. We’ve had a lot of rain here and the water is pretty dirty. I wasn’t too pumped up to go try and sight fish for redfish. I decided I would get some live bait and go fish the pass for sheepshead.
I fished incoming tides on both days. The bait was fresh live and dead shrimp and bull minnows. The bite was pretty good. The problem was the hottest bite was the redfish! I was fishing pretty light tackle and I had a difficult time keeping the bull redfish of the hook.
They were eating the shrimp and the bull minnows about the same.
Over the two days I caught 5 redfish that were longer than 36 inches. Three of those I caught on Monday. On light tackle and in the current those size redfish fish make for quite the fight. They about wore my butt out. One I had to back down on under power in order to get some line back! 🙂
The rig was 15 lb braid, with about 2 feet of 20-25 lb fluorocarbon leader. The hook was a small 1/0 or 2/0 circle hook. The most productive rig was this rig with 2 small split shot pinched on about 18 inches from the hook. Then I try to find a good spot on my fish finder, drop down and try to hold on the spot until the rig gets down.
The other rig I was using was similar except instead of the split shot I used a 1/4-1/2 oz barrel lead and a bead. Rig this so that the bead is just above the hook and the lead above it. With this one you can usually feel the bottom a little better. Once its down I just try to feel the bottom and keep it just off the bottom
The way I fish the pass I just drift or hold on a spot with the engine. You can definitely hang either rig up. But for example, if you rig your shrimp weedless they usually wont get hang up too bad because the leads are so small. And if you do get hung up and broke off its a pretty easy rig to retie.