It’s that time of year again – sheepshead time! Saturday was a bust for fishing, with cold weather and windy conditions. Sunday proved much better, and I met Tim at the Merry Pier. I had a few mud crabs which I collected off the rocks at low tide, and the sheepshead found them irresistible. I managed a few keepers, then headed to the St Pete Beach Yacht and Tennis Club to watch the Bucs game at a friends. Yeah, the game sucked. But Tim and I hit the docks after the OT, and the sheepshead were plentiful here as well, including some seriously big ones. I plan to hit this area again soon, and with a better supply of crabs.
Meanwhile, Merry Pier was pretty quiet besides the sheepshead. No sign of flounder, although I saw several decent black sea bass caught. The highlight, though, was a 25″ gag grouper coaxed out from under the dock by these guys: