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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