St. Petersburg Times Online: Sports
Place an Ad Calendars Classified Forums Sports Weather

printer version

Captain's corner


© St. Petersburg Times, published January 14, 2001

Many people laugh when I tell them we are going sheepshead fishing -- until they hook one and realize how much fun they are to catch.

Sheepshead provide a great target in winter. Their willingness to bite can save the day when the water is cold and other fish are sluggish. Their food quality is excellent and well worth the difficulty in cleaning them.

Finding sheepshead is not difficult. They eat crustaceans and hang around docks, pilings, bridges, piers, rock piles, oyster bars and anywhere else crabs, shrimp and barnacles hide. Put your bait on bottom and wait for the distinct sharp jab of a sheepshead bite. Don't strike on the first peck. Wait until you feel the weight of the fish moving off before you set the hook.

While waiting for a recent charter client to arrive, I took advantage of an early morning low tide and scraped barnacles and oysters off the dock pilings into a bucket. My clients thought it was funny that I was bringing along a bucket of rocks for bait. When we arrived at our fishing hole, I used a pair of pliers to open the oysters and showed my clients how to thread the meat on a small hook and lower it to the bottom. As they fished, I kept mashing the other barnacles and shells with the pliers and sprinkling them over the side as chum. It did not take long to get the bite started, and my clients were rewarded with a 7 1/2-pound sheepshead.

- Brent Gaskill charters the Summer Vacation. Call (727) 867-1751.

Back to Sports
Back to Top

© 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111
Contact the Times | Privacy Policy
Standard of Accuracy | Terms, Conditions & Copyright

From the Times sports desk

  • Two diverse owners, one Super goal
  • Searching for a truly Super team

  • Bucs
  • Pointing fingers at anyone wearing pewter

  • Lightning
  • Foot could KO Lecavalier
  • Tonight: Lightning vs. Stars

  • Super Bowl
  • Volunteers gear up before big game
  • Giants-Vikings preview
  • Raiders-Ravens preview
  • NFC championship: Vikings at Giants
  • Barber twins form mutual fan club
  • Guest analysis
  • Key fight takes place in trenches
  • Teams remember deceased player
  • Today: Ravens at Raiders
  • Guest analysis: Raiders vs. Ravens
  • Raiders defense upholds tradition

  • Devil Rays
  • 'Quick' deal was time-consuming

  • Colleges
  • College basketball: Top 25
  • Today: Florida State vs. No. 14 Maryland
  • At less than best, Bulls still romp
  • Florida visitor has a big day in Orlando
  • Bulls tackle pleased

  • Sports Etc.
  • Highs and lows
  • Florida Gulf Beaches Marathon
  • Sports digest
  • NHL notebook
  • Lindros to Leafs grows less likely
  • Slap shots
  • Tampa Bay's top 10
  • Sabbatini sails past Els for lead
  • Hingis opens the Australian on a roll
  • NFL roundup
  • New 'Skins coach wants Johnson
  • Wade warm and think shallow
  • Captain's corner
  • Spartans keep chugging along
  • CCC prevails in rough game
  • Marauders sweep Crusaders
  • Wildcats' rally gets them past Gryphons
  • Chamberlain, Wharton earn victories

  • From the wire

    From the state sports wire
  • Jacksonville's Spicer placed on IR after leg surgery
  • FIU-Western Kentucky game postponed because of Jeanne
  • Brown anxious to face old team for first time
  • Dolphins' desperate defense readies for Roethlisberger
  • Former Sarasota lineman sheds tough-guy image with Michigan
  • Rothstein rejoins Heat as assistant
  • No. 16 Florida has history on its side against Kentucky
  • FSU and Clemson QBs both off to slow starts