Sheepshead are Tasty

Sheepshead are Tasty

By Scott Lenox

Scott Lenox
Scott is the owner of Fish in OC and host of Ocean City's fishing television show Hooked on OC. He has worked in the fishing industry and fished the waters in and around Ocean City for over 25 years.

It poured in Ocean City this morning, and then it was overcast with intermittent rain all day.  The wind wasn’t bad, so if you didn’t mind dodging rain drops you could drop a line in and get after your favorite species.

There have been a large amount of sheepshead being caught over the past week or so from both the north and south jetties.  Bear at the Oceanic Pier hasn’t gotten a bunch of photos, but he’s been seeing a bunch of sheepshead down at the pier being caught from the north sea wall on the inlet.  Captain John Prather on Ocean City Guide Service smoked five nice sheepshead yesterday and it’s quickly becoming a species to target on the jetties.  The bait of choice is sand fleas, live if you can get them, but crab baits will work as well.  Fish with a bottom rig just like you would for a tautog and in the same spots, and you just might catch one of these tasty fish.

Nick Denny was feeling the urge this afternoon so he kayaked himself over to the south jetty to try his luck.  Nick ended up catching and releasing eight tautog and this really nice sheepshead.  The sheepshead was 23″ long and was caught on a green crab bait.

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13-year old Nicky Arnold released his first white marlin yesterday on board the My Cin with Captain Dave Black on a trolling trip to the Wilmington Canyon.  My Cin mate Dave “The Cazador” Aikens looks on.


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