Sheepshead fishing using fiddler crabs on jigheads


Fiddler crabs make great sheepshead bait

Houston Stewart of BeaufortSCFishing shares a recent sheepshead fishing adventure in South Carolina’s lowcountry. Stewart was fishing from a kayak and using fiddler crabs on a 3/8-ounce jighead and had some luck catching the sneaky bait thieves.

His technique involved dropping the fiddler crab to the bottom beside dock pilings, then reeling slightly off the bottom. He placed two fiddlers on his hook sometimes. Other times, he opted for just one crab. These fish are abundant throughout the inshore waters of the Carolinas during the summer. They are suckers for fiddler crabs, but are challenging to catch thanks to their unique way of biting.

Check out Stewart’s video to get a good idea of his sheepshead fishing method. And for more fishing videos, check out his YouTube channel here.

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