Sheepshead move inshore during late winter and early spring to spawn. All the bridges will get their annual piling cleaning and you will wonder how the sheepshead have not chewed down the bridges yet.
Sheepshead mostly feed on crustaceans so they love feeding around all the bridge pilings on all the barnacles as well as small crabs drifting in the currents. Some of the most common baits to use are live shrimp, sand fleas, fiddler crabs, and oysters. If your lucky, you will be one of the first to the bridge at the beginning of the season and will be able to scrap some barnacle off a piling for chum.
Sheepshead are unique looking with their grey and black stripped body. Their average size is 10-20 inches but can grow as big as the lower 30 inches. They are also known for having rows of strong human looking teeth. Their rows of teeth make them a challenge to get a solid hookup. With jaws and teeth powerful enough to crush barnacles and oysters they can do some serious damage to hooks. Sheepshead are a challenge to catch but this time of the year is the easiest time to catch them and they put on one heck of a fight on light tackle to reward all your efforts.