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

Cold 1/2 day Sheep's... - 1/23/2021 3:06:05 PM

Ice on the boat this morning folks and yes it was a cold one. I had Jeff and Helen on board for a 1/2 day trip and we found a few. The bite was (View)

Offshore Goodies.... - 1/23/2021 3:06:05 PM

What a gorgeous day to go offshore and Mark and Craig had an awesome trip. I pushed on out to 40ft of water today and the snapper bite was grea (View)

Amazingly Beautiful Day Here at Amelia Island - 1/20/2021 9:26:04 PM

 You know you've got the best daughter when she gifts you with a back country fishing trip on the Anglers Mark!  Paul and Elaine Wozny received (View)

Sheepshead are in! - 1/15/2021 5:16:34 PM

Sheepshead fishing has been great over the past few weeks these guys can be a lot of fun and when found in good numbers make for steady action. (View)

Super Grande Slam Thanksgiving Week - 1/15/2021 1:31:16 PM

 This father/daughters team of anglers met me early this morning down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp - Pete Nolan and  his daughters Tatum and S (View)

Drum or Sheepshead? - 1/15/2021 1:31:15 PM

I had my annual Fernandina Beach Fighting Pirates football team mate fishing trip this past Saturday - made up of myself Daniel Bubba Rhodes To (View)

Making The Most Of It - 1/15/2021 1:31:14 PM

                We all agreed that the weather forecaster fooled us! I thought for sure this morning would be pleasant - maybe a bit overcast - (View)

Fourteen and Three Quarter - 1/15/2021 1:31:14 PM

 Wow! I think today was the prettiest we've had in two months! I had met Dennis Brizzi and Hal O'dell outat the Goffinsville Park boat ramp and (View)

Pushing Thru On a Cold and Dreary Day - 1/15/2021 1:31:14 PM

  Although the late night winds died to nothing we were greeted with a cold foggy and altogether dreary day when I met Jesse and Taylor Patrick (View)

A Frosty morn - 1/15/2021 1:31:13 PM

  A beautiful sunrise coming up over Amelia Island greeted us on a cool (32 degrees) morning when I met Chuck and Marca Benton and their daught (View)