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 Sheepshead
(Archosargus probatocephalus)


 Distribution & Size

The Sheepshead is found all around the coast of Florida  from coastal creeks to well offshore. Loves any structures that bear barnacles or houses crabs or other crustacean.  It is common in size from a pound to 4lbs.  Also fairly plentiful in weights from 5 to 7lbs.  Fish in the weights of 10lbs are taken in north Florida from offshore wrecks and navigation markers. 
Florida record is 15lbs 2ozs and the World record is 21lbs 4ozs.

 General Information

Because of its bold markings and distinctive black and white vertical stripes the Sheepshead is commonly referred to as the "convict fish".  Not an aggressive fish when caught on light tackle but gives a good account of itself.

 Tackle & Bait

No special tackle is required for catching the Sheepshead.  A general bottom rig will suffice with a 20lb test leader.  The Sheepshead is the perfect bait stealer equipped with good front teeth that can pick the bait from your hook without being caught.   Crabs are the best bait for catching this specie, but live shrimps are just as good. We catch these fish with great regularity from the dock with an average weight of about 5lbs. Not targeted by ELECTRIC BLUE as this is an inshore species.

 Eating Qualities

Great eating quality

 

 State Limits and Regulations

Size Limit 

Closed Season 

Daily Rec. Bag Limit 

Remarks

12" Over All

None

15 per harvester per day

none


 
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