Sheepy sheepshead season is here!! Charleston's winter weather can be a bit wishy washy with alternating wind, rain, and sunlight. More or less a prolonged fall season. However, we anticipate January & February to be more consistent with crisp sunny winter days that provide more calm fishable waters. With that being said, this is an excellent time of year for sheepshead fishing so round up the crew and come relax under the Folly sunshine with family and friends.
Sheepshead are one of the more finicky but interesting fish. They look similar to black drum with a grey hue and black stripes but have key dorsal and fin features that set them apart. Sheepshead feed on crustaceans and bivalves off of the pier pilings using their human-like teeth. If the water is clear enough, you can spot sheepshead going from pilling to pilling looking for a tasty barnacle or crab. In addition, they prefer the calm seas as it is easier for them to feed. When targeting sheepshead, fiddlers and clams are popular baits to use. As always, be sure to follow SCDNR’s rule that a sheepshead must be fourteen inches or more in total length.
Charleston County Parks welcomes all anglers to our Winter Sheepshead Challenge from December 1st to February 28th. To be eligible it must be a legal sheeps caught on either the Folly Beach Pier or Mt. Pleasant Pier. The biggest catch from each pier will be awarded a Haddrell’s Point Tackle giftcard. So drop those lines in the water and best of luck.