Brian Shea

8.6 lb. Sheepshead caught by Brian Shea fishing in New Jersey on 07/15/13

Posted by Brian Shea Elite Member over 7 years ago

8.6 lb. Sheepshead caught by Brian Shea fishing in New Jersey on 07/15/13
22.0" / 8.6 lb. Sheepshead caught by Brian Shea fishing on Monday July 15, 2013 at 19:17 near Sea Isle City in Cape May County, New Jersey (NJ), United States North America using a crab

I've been trying for the last 3-4 summers to land a Sheepshead. I had a couple monsters on but they broke me off in the structure. So today we find the fish. I drop down my crab, feel the bite and go to set the hook. My light action set up goes flying in the air. I'm able to grab the rod before it goes into the water. The fish then breaks off. I knew I just lost a trophy fish. I never expected to set the hook into something that popped the rod out of my hand. That's never happened to me before. So I regrouped and dropped down again. In the next ten minutes I caught 4 real nice Tautog between 12-16". Then I reel up the crab to check it and I get a tap on the way up. I figured it was a Bluefish. I put a new crab on and dropped it down. About half way down it stopped. I quickly reeled in the slack and drove the hook home. Now the fight is on! Line is screaming off the reel and I'm trying to keep it from getting back into the structure. I was able to drag it into deeper water. It made 6-7 long runs easily taking 100 yards of braid. I would fight it up then it would see the boat and take off again. 20 minutes later we were able to get it in the net. We put her in the live well and raced over to the dock to weigh it. 8 pounds 6 ounces. Then it was released to fight another day. Not bad for a New Jersey Sheepshead. Its the first one I was ever able to get all the way to the boat. And another species off my list.

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Dennis Huskins

They are a very hard fish to hook up on! Great catch. You all over guy!

Posted by Dennis Huskins Elite Member over 7 years ago

Brian Shea

Thanks guys

Posted by Brian Shea Elite Member over 7 years ago

Joe Iocona

That's a good catch, congrats Brian

Posted by Joe Iocona Expert Member over 7 years ago

Ray N

Very nice catch!

Posted by Ray N Elite Member over 7 years ago

Bill Greenwald

Congrats, Brian!

Posted by Bill Greenwald Elite Member over 7 years ago

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