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

Short Stories - 5/5/2021 7:58:00 PM

  I'm slammed with trips right now so I've got to get to bed!  I fished with Greg and Dannie Fitzgerald who also had along Greg's dad Guy and l (View)

The Needle Moved - 4/28/2021 5:04:00 PM

Unfortunately the last few days we've had some higher flood tides with the full moon and those have been occurring in the morning during our tr (View)

Fishing Report – Saturday 04/24/2021 - 4/24/2021 9:39:15 PM

A hammerhead and sand tiger shark were caught off Ramp 43 today.  Also sharks were caught off Ramp 44.  Ramp 45 was opened for the tournament a (View)

Walleye Chop - 4/21/2021 4:13:00 PM

 I was fishing today with Lee Riter hailing from Wisconsin and I met him up at the Dee Dee Bartels Park for a half day of fishing on an outgoin (View)

Super Duper Amelia Island Back Country Grande Slam - 4/19/2021 5:43:00 PM

 I fished south again today meeting Bill Main down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp @ 10:am dead lowtide. We made the short run up to Seymore's Po (View)

We Paid The Price - 4/17/2021 6:30:00 PM

 We were thinking that rain would be the issue today but it turned out not to be. But with no wind we paid the price as the sand gnats devoured (View)

Fishing With The Eagles - 4/16/2021 4:29:00 PM

  I went back south today meeting Paul Genn and his fishing partner James down at the Goffinsville Park boat ramp. The tide still had about 30 (View)

Amelia Island Back Country Super Grande Slam - 4/8/2021 4:13:00 PM

 I fished with the Owensby crew again today -Kevin and his son Jake his father in law Doyle and Doyle's  brother Ron. We met this time up at th (View)

Sheepshead - 4/4/2021 9:47:52 PM


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