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.
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.
Great eating quality
Limits and Regulations
Rec. Bag Limit
12" Over All
harvester per day
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