Save leftover shrimp at the end of the day to freeze for chum on your next outing. Sheepshead and mangrove snapper have been aggressively feeding on shrimp throughout the bay, and both species will respond to the frozen chum when diced up. When fishing an area with current flow, throw a handful of chum uptide so it reaches bottom in the zone that you are fishing your hooked baits. The chum scent will draw fish in from a distance and bunch them up, instigating a competitive feeding mood. To save money and fish with free bait, consider using barnacles and oysters scraped from bridge pilings. Fish the down tide eddies from where the free bait was scraped as the errant morsels dropped in the water form the same type of chum line. Crack the oysters and fish with the gooey meat found inside. For barnacles, thread two or three on the hook. It feels like fishing with rocks, but sheepshead love them.
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