Sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus)


  1. Size: Adult sheepshead typically range from 12 to 30 inches in length and can weigh from a few pounds to over 15.
  2. Habitat: Sheepshead are commonly found in estuaries, bays, and coastal waters with rocky bottoms, jetties, piers, and other structures where they can feed on barnacles, crabs, sand worms, clams, and other invertebrates.
  3. Bait: Live fiddler crabs and shrimp are prime sheepshead baits. Both small fish and lures are usually ineffective. 
  4. Tackle: Light to medium spinning tackle with a light leader and small hook is the proper setup when targeting sheepshead.
  5. Food Value: Sheepshead are considered a good-tasting fish with sweet and firm flesh.