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Fish of the Month : Sheepshead

Posted on February 1st, 2013

Sheepshead are an inshore species and are commonly found around Oyster bars, sea walls and tidal creeks. They are silvery in color and have 5-6 very distinct vertical black bars on their sides and they are not necessarily the same on both sides. They have very prominent teeth that include incisors, molars and and rounded grinders. They have strong, sharp spines on their dorsal and anal fins. Sheepshead are best caught while bottom fishing using a small hook with shrimp, sand fleas or fiddler crabs. The minimum size limit is 12″ and the bag limit is 15.  The work comes when filleting them…. but they are a good fish for eating especially if you like your fish blackened.

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