Other Common Names:

Convict fish


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Archosargus probatocephalus

Identification & Biology: The Sheepshead is a member of the porgy and seabream family which are among the 120 species that make up the Sparidae family. The sheepshead is a large porgy. It reaches a maximum weight of about 20 pounds. Its coloration is silvery gray to yellowish white, with an olive-brown back and five or six dark slightly diagonal bars along each side. The stripes resemble that of a convict’s prison outfit. It uses its flat long teeth to crush mollusks and crabs and to scrape barnacles from rocks and pilings.

Large juveniles and adults eat blue crab, oysters, clams, crustaceans, and small fish. They use their strong jaws and unique teeth to crush shelled prey and for scraping off barnacles from rocks or pilings.

Range & Habitat: We’re sourcing sheepshead from both the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico

Market Description: Due to a varied diet, sheepshead has a delicious and disticnt flavor, sometimes compared to lobster.

Flavor Profile: Small flake, firm flesh, delicate flavor

Fishing Technique: hook & line, trawling

Special Note: Named after its sheep-like face and teeth (definitely check out the teeth).

Suitable Sub: Triggerfish, Black Bass

Recommended Preparation: Sheepshead is versatile and does well in a variety of preparations; frying, sautéing, broiling, grilling, and roasting. Sheepshead can also be used in soups and chowders.