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Old 05-14-2017, 01:12 PM
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This past Wednesday, a friend and I were fishing CenterHill Lake trolling out of his 21ft fishing pontoon boat. We were trolling along a rock wall in approx 80ft of water, I had a 7ft spinning med action Ugly Stick 10lb Stren and my partner was using a 7' one piece med action casting Ugly Stick with 10lb Stren. If having one of these badboys on the end of your line doesn't get your blood going, you need to go back to the undertaker...as your dead. I caught the 1st two on a chrome blue and orange Shad Rap and my partner caught his on a Blue Sparkley Bagley Bango Lure.
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Old 05-14-2017, 03:01 PM
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They do fight hard. You're brave to bring them in the boat. We call them sheepshead around here or sometimes sh**heads because of their tendency to void when netted. Keep the net over the water and no problems. They eat mussels and are doing very well in the Great Lakes.

They have stones in their heads with a pattern on them in an "L" shape, lucky stones they say. Don't tell any kids unless you want to spend hours digging them out of a bunch of fish.
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They do fight hard. You're brave to bring them in the boat. We call them sheepshead around here or sometimes sh**heads because of their tendency to void when netted. Keep the net over the water and no problems. They eat mussels and are doing very well in the Great Lakes.

They have stones in their heads with a pattern on them in an "L" shape, lucky stones they say. Don't tell any kids unless you want to spend hours digging them out of a bunch of fish.
Interesting...Never had one void it's self in the boat. After they spawn they start after bait fish, they hang around schools of walleye. Been catching them for years on CHL and DHL trolling for walleyes.
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In the Buffalo, NY area on Lake Erie and as well in Ontario they have many names and none are flattering....

Shiatheads

Galvanized Pike (instead of yellow pike or blue pike)

Sewer Trout

One of Don's flock (my fishing partner....lol) they will actually escort us out of the harbor like dolphins.......LOL

Buffalo Fish

At times when dragging the bottom for walleyes with a spinner and worm they can destroy your nightcrawler stash in a very short time.....Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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Nothing but pure annoyance to me. I could see catching one or two being fun, but when they invade your walleye spots- catching 50-100 a day is just plain annoying. They eat all your live bait, they tear up your expensive plastics, and most of all they waste your walleye catching time. Usually you can get away from them and only catch 10-15 a day.

Oh yeah, and they stink to high heavens. I toss mine as close to a pelican as possible, and watch it get swallowed down
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They may be a PITA to some, but dang they are a worthy fighting fish..especially big ones shown.
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I generally get into them casting for smallmouth. They are a hoot on light gear and my kid loves the battle. Got to admit it's a thrill when you think you've tied into thefish of a lifetime. Bit of a letdown to find it's a 6# sheepshead. I suppose a lot of walleye purists feel that way about hooking a big bass or pike.
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They may be a PITA to some, but dang they are a worthy fighting fish..especially big ones shown.
I must agree that they do give a good WALLEYE style fight and it's very hard to distinguish between a galvanized pike and a yellow pike (walleye) until it finally surfaces.....
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My buddy " hey I got one"
Me "sheepshead"
I've caught so many now I can tell as soon as I hook into one Once had a 20 lbr or so, broke my $80 reel mid way in. I was not a happy camper, my buddy got it on video.
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lots of fun to catch, fight like the dickens - my pops will eat them when the water is still cold & there are no worms on them, he claims that they taste pretty good
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