I wanted to finally put a serious effort towards targeting sheephead because I’ve always thought they were one of the coolest fish around here, both in appearance and physiology. I launched the yak at 6:30am and headed off into the kelp. It was my first time bottom fishing from the yak and since I don’t have a fishfinder I decided to stick to my guns and fish close to the kelp. I fished shrimp on a dropper loop and chummed where practical. Long story short, I caught around 2 dozen sheeps of varying sizes in a variety of spots. Most were short (LOTS of those darn 11.5” suckers; I swear they stop growing for awhile at that size along with 21” halis and 3.24” bugs) but I found a handful of nice keepers. No big ones but I was satisfied with my first attempt. Kept two of the legals and a good size inshore yellowtailed tilefish for the table. One thing I noticed is to move spots if you’re catching shorts one after the other, especially if you catch terminal male fish that are undersize. I’ve watched sheephead lots of times while scuba diving and I noticed harems with small males don’t tend to have bigger males; the bigger ones seem to hang out together or are the solitary male in a group of females. This is possibly complete bs but I noticed a similar pattern today; I caught the two biggest legals and missed another couple good fish in the same spot while the first area I tried had nothing but shorts. Some ideas for next time: Rock crabs-I can’t imagine these not being goat candy; if there’s a low tide the night before it might be worth trying to collect a few dozen to keep away the babies/small calicos/perch. Better chumming- shrimp pieces don’t sink very fast in 40-60ft of water so maybe a chum pot would work better. I don’t like hauling out chum pots though so I also thought of making chum “balls” with some binding material to allow them to sink quickly and disperse while down. I heard sand is popular on the east coast.