I have been coming to St. George Island for a couple of winters, stay on the Plantation so I can get to the cut. First year casted frozen shrimp out into the cut. Lost a few rigs on the rocks but ended up catching a couple of nice Reds, big fish, lots of fight and tasty.
Past couple of years I watched a couple of guys catching Sheephead out on the rocks every time I was out. I tried to watch what they were doing and copy. This year I finally figured out the "secret". I got a 14 foot crappy rod with a medium to light reel. The 14 foot rod is the key. It allowed me to sit on the rocks and flip the bait out past the edge of the rocks and hold it there. With the bait hanging just outside the rocks it did not get hung up very often. This is a real problem with shorter rods. I could hold the bait right next to the rock, playing the current, and get to where the Sheephead were feeding. I have been doing real well this year, actually having Sheephead fish dinners--very tasty.
The bait I like to use is "Ghost Shrimp". I figured out how to get them when two years ago went to Port Aransas, TX and fished there. I bought a PVC pump that sucks them from the sand at low tide. Super easy here but have to get low tide, look for the little holes when the waves pulls back out. The pumps sucks them up and then spit them out to collect. The sheephead love them. Although, I have used frozen shrimp when my supply of ghost shrimp runs out. I get bites with frozen shrimp as well.
The sheephead are light biters. I tend to hang the bait out there and bob it just a little. When I feel ANY resistance I set the hook. They are good fighters and at first it feels like a snag but then the line starts to move. A net with an extension on the handle makes the job of landing easier.
Be careful on the rocks, they can be a challenge. But, all in all it is not necessary to walk out onto the jetty very far. I started to wear a fishing life vest after hearing a story from one of the regular fisherman that slipped one time and fell into the water. With the rocks it could be a very bad fall into the water. Better to be careful than dead !!!
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