Fiddler crabs ?..

Trying to get some SHEEPSHEAD bait (fiddlers) everyone here in Cape Canaveral and cocoa beach are out..Anybody have any suggestions??
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  • Cracker Jack 45Cracker Jack 45 Posts: 14 Greenhorn
    If you look on the Northeast General Fishing Forum here on 11-17-17 there are detailed instructions on how to catch your own.
  • AlleniAlleni Posts: 334 Officer
    Have you tried that place off 520 and banana river drive? Also in my opinion I think sand fleas work just as good if not than fiddlers, plus they have less extremities for them to nibble off.
  • FlecFlec Posts: 409 Deckhand
    My buddy got all he needed last week at a bait shop in Titusville
  • andrewthe1andrewthe1 Posts: 349 Deckhand
    Not trolling here, I found out while putting sprinklers in the back yard, the canal sheep head LOVE a big juicy earth worm.

    Similar to the sandflea comment they absolutely slurp the worm down so hookups are really easy.

    Now this was sight fishing them by my dock pylons but never had one turned down....to bad all the fish died off in the canal havent seen a sheephead since(south cocoa beach)
  • SizuperSizuper Posts: 290 Deckhand
    andrewthe1 wrote: »
    Not trolling here, I found out while putting sprinklers in the back yard, the canal sheep head LOVE a big juicy earth worm.

    Similar to the sandflea comment they absolutely slurp the worm down so hookups are really easy.

    Now this was sight fishing them by my dock pylons but never had one turned down....to bad all the fish died off in the canal havent seen a sheephead since(south cocoa beach)

    I concur. Go to the bait store or sporting goods store and get some night crawlers or red worms. Sheepies love them and since they are slurping/swallowing them, there is less incidence of bait stealing than when they are chomping off bits and pieces of fiddlers and fleas.
  • FletchFletch Merritt Island, FLPosts: 2,292 Moderator
    I have seen fiddlers at times along the banks of the access road leading to the canaveral locks. I also used to do quite well with spider crabs. Haven't done it in a while but I caught them with regularity by flipping rocks over along the edges of the causeways.
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  • winderbillwinderbill Posts: 255 Deckhand
    get a small plastic container with six inch sides and bury it level at any mud flat fiddlers frequent. Take any fresh fish and squeeze blood on the sand surrounding the container and put a chunk in the container itself. Give it a few hours and return before the tide comes up and floods the trap and it should be full of fiddlers as they can't climb the plastic container's sides to escape.

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