The sheepshead, Archosargus probatocephalus, is a marine fish that grows to 30 in (760 mm), but commonly reaches 10 to 20 in. It is deep and compressed in body shape, with 5 to 6 dark bars on the side of the body over a gray background. It has sharp dorsal spines. Its diet consists of oysters, clams, and other bivalves, and barnacles, fiddler crabs, and other crustaceans. It has a hard mouth, with several rows of stubby teeth, which help crush the shells of prey.

Sheepshead are found in waters ranging from Nova Scotia to the Gulf of Mexico, and southward to Brazil. Populations of sheepshead occurring in South America and in parts of the Gulf of Mexico are regarded as two separate subspecies. Sheepshead are year-round residents from about South Carolina through the Gulf of Mexico, and most abundant to the north between 
April through November. They are found in coastal waters, bays and estuaries, and are tolerant of low salinity brackish waters as well. Sheepshead are most frequently encountered near some type of structure like pilings, jetties, oyster reefs, artificial reefs and coastal live bottom.

Species Information

Scientific Name:Archosargus probatocephalus
Environment:Inshore, Nearshore, Surf
Ideal Temp:60-65°F (15-18°C)
Technique:Bottom Fishing
Lure Type:Bottom Rig
World Record:9.63 kg (21 lb 4 oz) New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Other Names:sheepshead, sheephead, sheeps head, sheep head

Latest Sheepshead Fishing Reports and Spots

Go With Minnows - 10/12/2021 5:27:00 PM

 We had a nice morning greet us when I met Glenn and Patty Langford up at the Dee Dee Bartels Park asthe sun came up.  There was still about an (View)

Slow But Steady OR He Wore His Lucky Hat - 9/28/2021 4:28:00 PM

 We had another beautiful morning today when I met my cousin Adam Garner and his wife Patty down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp early. The sun w (View)

Quick Start With The Trout - 9/25/2021 4:37:00 PM

 We had a beautiful morning today when I met Barrett and Jo Blank and their son Jean out at the Goffinsville Park boat ramp early this morning. (View)

Feeling the Chill - 9/23/2021 8:55:00 PM

After a stormy night we woke up to a chill in the air. Someone told me that yesterday was the first day of Fall and today you could feel it. Wh (View)

Young Anglers Enjoy April Fishing in Naples - 4/18/2011 11:08:00 AM

As spring break in Naples FL starts winding down our deep sea fishing remains red hot. We took these young anglers out for a 1/2 day fishing cha (View)

In Search Of Flounder - 9/12/2021 3:13:00 PM

  Yesterday we were just trying to catch a fish and ended up catching two nice Flounder. Today we had a special request to catch a Flounder and (View)

A Good Day For Flounder...and snapper - 9/13/2021 4:30:00 PM

 Wow what a beautiful day that greeted us when we left the Goffinsville Park boat ramp this morning! I had met high school team mates and frien (View)

Hatteras Island Fishing Report - 9/12/2021 8:05:46 PM

Weather was nice fish were biting and no rain. Another perfect day on the island! Our high temperature topped off at 82F. Winds this evening ar (View)

Kowabunga - 9/10/2021 8:51:00 PM

What a SWELL week! The bar hasn't been crossable these past few days to get out into the ocean but that doesn't mean there hasn't been any acti (View)

The Halves And The Halves Not - 9/6/2021 8:24:00 PM

What’s a fish’s least favorite instrument? A ClariNET! Offshore brought wahoo mahi and yellow fin tuna to the docks with multiple release flags (View)