Local angler John Pearman pulled in a 9-pound, 6-ounce monster to take top honors among 90 anglers in the 4th annual Sheepshead Shootout at The Ships Chandler on Saturday.
“It was really crazy,” said Peter Wright of The Ships Chandler.
After a slow week last week, the sheepshead fishing on Saturday was phenomenal.
“I bet there were 400 fish lying around at one time or another between 4 and 9 pounds,” Wright said.
“It looked like a giant catch of red snapper lying around, there were so many.”
The Sheepshead Shootout was a one-day tournament with the winner taking all the prize money from a $25 entry fee.
“I was really good fishing … everywhere that anybody fished, they got into them,” Wright said.
He said anglers fished the bridges, jetties and wrecks in the bay near Nicks. But the hot spot seemed to be near the jetties and the hot bait was oysters.
Wright said one angler that used oysters for bait caught 41 sheepshead.
The sheepshead fishing over the weekend was great.
Tying for second place with sheepshead weighing 8 pounds, 10 ounces each were Zach Wolfe and Kyle Meeks.
Jason Avdet came in fourth with an 8-pound, 8-ounce fish, and Paul Cox placed fifth with an 8-pound, 6-ounce catch.
The top lady angler was Deb Magourik with a 5-pound, 4-ounce catch.
“Every year the tournament has grown and next year should be huge,” Pete Wright Jr. said.