Archosargus probatocephalus

    The sheepshead is an edible fish found from the Atlantic coast all the way around Florida and into the Gulf of Mexico. It's also known as the poor man's snapper. Mostly because when you filet it the filets look the same except for thickness. Sheepsheads are thinner.

    They're found inshore in shallow waters, around structure, offshore, and everything in between. Water depth of 3 to 4 feet up to 50 feet. Though occasionally they can be found deeper.

     The average size is 3 to 4 lbs. The record is 28 lbs 6 oz. 

     They are not those picky eaters. They eat anything from small shrimp and crabs to minnows and baitfish. They will also eat the creature inside of the barnacle. And they have the teeth to get into them. They also eat oysters, clams, and fiddler crabs.

That's not photo shop! Those are the real teeth and where they get, they're name. They look like sheep's teeth.


Tips

  • Use small but strong hooks. Circle or octopus hooks. Those teeth will break many a hook.

  • You can use barnacles and fiddler crabs for bait.

  • If you use jigs, make sure they are short beetle types. Otherwise, they just bite off the tails most of the time.

  • When you find one, there are more there. They school. Usually in pretty large numbers.