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Updated: 04/03/2014 08:00:00AM

Secrets of the season: Part I

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Matt caught his biggest sheepsehead ever, which he dubbed "Sheepzilla," at the Placida pier on March 20. It weighed six pounds and was over 19 inches long.

WATERLINE PHOTO BY MATT STEVENS

Big mud crabs, like this one, catch big sheepshead.

Matt Stevens

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The pier sheepshead season in Southwest Florida is unofficially over.

While there is technically no closed season on sheepies, I’m declaring an end to this one. The spawn is winding down and most of the fish have moved offshore or are scattered throughout area waters. The concentration around our local piers is thinning out, and the bulk of the fish that remain are undersized.

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