In a time of year with inconsistent weather patterns the one factor that can be counted on may be sheepshead.  They get little attention around the rest of the calendar, but right now they can be the highlight of a day.  Sheepshead can be found in a variety of locations including bridges, docks, natural rock formations, and artificial reefs. The common denominator linking these spots is submerged structure with an abundance of crustacean life on which the sheepshead feed.  While they often seem to show up everywhere in the bay, they are actually on an annual migration toward the passes and out to near shore structures of the gulf where they gather in the spring.  Fortunately for us, this entire pattern happens during a time when fishing can be difficult at best.  Fluctuating water temperatures, overcast windy days followed by sunny pleasant days tend to inhibit many other species, but not the sheepshead.  They seem to continue to cooperate through adverse conditions and into the best.  Right now it’s time to forget about the more glamorous inshore species that typically get all the recognition and focus on what you know works; fishing for sheepshead.

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