Sheepshead Bait?


Hey everyone, I've now seen two Charleston fishing guides who've used a mossy barnacle concoction as bait when fishing for sheep on the jetties. One was a guide I hired several years back and the other was a video on YouTube. In that video, there was a one second clip of them scraping the bait off a rock somewhere...but it was too short to figure out where.

Is anyone familiar with this practice? Where would I go to find this bait? Once it cools off enough for the fiddlers to disappear, I would like to have a backup.

Here's a video of my last trip to the jetties looking for sheep. It's a 360 video...use your mouse to control where you're looking.

https://youtu.be/Lci4DYXKCZI
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Are you sure it wasn't chunks of broken oysters off of pilings?

Any of that stuff works: fiddlers, small live shrimp, oysters, muscles, clams. Sometimes they have a preference, sometimes they don't.






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I sometimes will scrape the barnacles off of pilings when fishing dock To okind of chum them up


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I am familiar with knocking off oysters/barnacles to create a chum...this bait was different in that you could use the moss to weave it onto the hook.
I think you're looking for something along the right earlobe.....









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I know what you're talking about, but I don't know the name. I see it growing lower in the water column on certain pilings, but not all of them. We need barbawang.




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I vaguely remember seeing a youtube about that. Maybe Darsizzle? I don't know. Anyway, in that vid, they jumped off the boat onto the Charleston jetties, onto the rocks, with puddy knives and buckets and scraped the barnacle mats off of the rocks. They then fished with small chunks of those mats (maybe 1"x 1").

That combined with crushed oysters for chum.

I'm not sure I'm brave enough to get my boat that close to the rocks. Nor, do I think climbing around on the rocks is a good idea. Sounds like a really good recipe for a lot of stitches and a torn up boat.

Remember as a kid, we'd anchor bow out. Run a rope through a 3 hole brick and toss the brick up into the rocks. Pull the stern up snug and close to the rocks. Got scared out of that trick when a sub wake caught us and came really close to putting the boat on the rocks. If you're gonna have the boat that close to the rocks, need to maintain good situational awareness. Don't let nuke subs sneak up on you.

Kinda' miss watching those things roll in and out. Cool pieces of machinery.



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I vaguely remember seeing a youtube about that. Maybe Darsizzle?



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You probably can't remember the video for sure because you was busy looking at her butt.. hahaha. That's why I watch her videos anyway..
https://youtu.be/qyf4DsVUQdo


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I vaguely remember seeing a youtube about that. Maybe Darsizzle? I don't know. Anyway, in that vid, they jumped off the boat onto the Charleston jetties, onto the rocks, with puddy knives and buckets and scraped the barnacle mats off of the rocks. They then fished with small chunks of those mats (maybe 1"x 1").

That combined with crushed oysters for chum.
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Barnacle Mat…that’s what I was trying to say…and yes I believe we saw the same video.


Y’all got there eventually, I could’ve replied yesterday but that just hinders the real learning process.

So: barnacle mats are comprised of what I believe are small ribbed mussels (Geukensia demissa) held together by their byssal threads, which is what’s usually called the “beard”. I see those mats most frequently in high energy environments like the jetties and surf zones. I think it’s because the harsh conditions stunt their growth enough for them to mat up. My suggestion would be low tide with a putty knife, good shoes, long sleeves and pants, and scramble on some of the rock groins we have on our beaches. I’ve heard the mats referred to generically as “barnacles” by those who fish with them. I have 6 or 7 go-to sheep baits and that ain’t one.

About those nuke wakes… gotta keep a knife handy to cut that back brick in case the water starts disappearing on you real quick like. Those guys on the conning tower sure did look serious about their job.

Lastly, the weirdest two sheepshead techniques I’ve ever heard:

-smear peanut butter on your fiddler crab, they hold on longer

-close up a mason jar full of live fiddlers with a long string jammed across the threads of the lid, lower down and “chum”, old guy claimed the fish would swim right up to the jar trying to get at them
 

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