What is biting on the Georgia Coast/Offshore in 2011

What is biting on the Georgia Coast/Offshore in 2011
What is biting on the Georgia Coast/Offshore in 2011
The sheepshead and Black Drum bite in on along the coast of Georgia, USA.Here is a large black drum caught by my fishing buddie, Lonnie Harn.  He got the lunker with a fiddler crab as bait.  He used a seven foot medium heavy rod with an ambassador 6000 reel to land it.  We were four mile offshore in the beautiful Atlantic Ocean on a reef.This is a nice sheepshead which I landed on the same bait with rod pictured.  I used 40 pound braid with a 3 ounce egg sinker, carolina rigged, with a 50 pound class swivel, and 18 inches of florocarbon 30 pound leader.  We use 2-3 ounce sinkers depending on the flow of the current from the tide down here.  That tide can range from 6 to 10 feet.  So the current can be a major factor.Another fishing buddy, Benny Wilkinson, prefers spinning gear to land his "convict fish" as pictured above!  The rod is a tiger medium light and gave him a real fight on larger sheepshead and black drum.  His reel is the new Penn "Battle" with braided line at 30 pounds.Here I just landed the big one of the day.  It tipped the scales at 8 pounds.  On into the season they will get bigger and bigger up to 10 pounds or better.  Our season for sheepies is from mid-December to April on the reefs offshore of the Georgia coast.  This is another one for the cooler! Note the rig used to catch him as alluded to above.We use 2/0 "Laser Sharp" circle hook, exclusively for these toothy critters.With braided line you can feel the bite instantly.  No hook setting is needed.  Just keep a tight line and they will hook themselves.   Fun, fun, fun, to say the least.   A day like this makes for a boat load of happy anglers.  This is the end product of a very productive day of offshore sheepshead angling.  This is what really makes me and my fishing buddies happy.The boat pictured is my 21 Trophy AKA "Trophy Hunter" center console by Bayliner.To be successful you will need a reef anchor to anchor right over the reef so that you can fish straight down for the sheepshead bite.  These rascals are not called "bait stealer" for nothing.So all are invited to come on down and give it a try!  You will not be disappointed with a day on the water like this one was and the reward is a nice platter of fried sheepshead and black drum fillets.I hope the weather breaks soon so that we call all do it again.Capt. Jimmy Newman AKAwww.saltwaternecker.com

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