The Sheepshead fish eat mainly shellfish such as clams, small oysters, and barnacles. In order to crush these shells they have interesting little teeth which look like something you might find in a goat or sheep's mouth, hence the name Sheepshead. This species is usually found on structures that these shellfish call home such as rock piles, reefs, and dock pilings. The Sheepshead is one of our main targets in the coldest months of the year. Typically they are very shy and hard to catch until the waters cool significantly. Sheepshead offer great action and besides the fact that they are considered one of the more difficult fish to clean, they make great table fare. Sheepshead usually range in size from two to eight pounds and their black and white stripe pattern is the easiest way to identify this species.
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