Sheepshead are everywhere
Capt. Sean Goddard
January 28, 2016
Tampa Bay - Saltwater Fishing Report
Winter fishing is here in full force. Windy days and freezing cold mornings signal the return of the sheepshead. Sheepsheads are a greeting fighting and not to mention tasty fish. With Catch limits set at 15 fish twelve inches or more they are a great fish to target for a family fish fry. They have not disappointed this year and are everywhere it seems. I am finding numerous fish on inshore reefs, docks and canals as well as bridges and along some back country mangrove lines. My bait of choice is smaller shrimp thread onto a 1/8 Jig head. Sheepies are notorious bait stealers so a tight line is a must. Once you feel that first tap be ready to set the hook.
Snook have slowed down but are still being caught. When water temps are as low as they are right now I opt to leave the snook alone and let them stay in their winter hideouts. With the water temp so low a fight to the boat can make it near impossible for the snook to recover properly and a difficult if not impossible task of reviving a potential breeder sized fish.
Redfish have been all over and multiple fish are being caught. Shrimp being the bait of choice for reds. Find redfish on the flats during the warmest part of the day or up in Rivers and creeks on dark bottom during extremely cold days as well as residential docks.
Trout are in full force and averaging 15-18 inches with some gators being caught. Look for clear water with good movement and grass to find trout. Shrimp under a Cajun thunder rig is producing well as is soft plastic paddle tails on a small jig head.
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