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Updated: 03/13/2014 02:59:33PM

Jetty sheepshead: Part II

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WATERLINE PHOTO BY MATT STEVENS

This is the underside of a limpet, mollusks found on rocks at the Venice jetties that make great sheepshead bait.

WATERLINE PHOTO BY MATT STEVENS

These are limpets, mollusks found on rocks at the Venice jetties that make great sheepshead bait.

WATERLINE PHOTO BY MATT STEVENS

This is how you hook a live sand flea, the best bait for sheepshead at the Venice jetties.

Matt Stevens

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Just as terrain and techniques for catching sheepshead differ at the jetties, so to do the best baits. While I generally head out on the pier at Placida or Boca Grande with a bucket of mud crabs and barnacles, I seek out a different kind of crustacean for the jetties: sand fleas.

Also called mole crabs, sand fleas are small, football-shaped critters that live just beneath the sand at the edge of the surf. So considering the location of the jetties they are a natural food source to the sheepshead that hang out there.

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