Sheepshead

Details

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Scientific Name:
Archosargus probatocephalus
Fight Rating:
Easy Pointer
Description:

The sheepshead has an oval-shaped, deep body with a blunt snout and small, nearly horizontal mouth. The posterior nostril is slit-like in appearance. Dorsal and anal fins include stout, short spines. The second spine of the anal fin is enlarged. Pectoral fins are long, extending beyond the anal opening when appressed (pressed close to the body). The caudal fin is shallowly forked. The adult sheepshead is silvery to greenish-yellow with an olive back. There are five or six dark vertical crossbars along each side, which are most distinct in young individuals. The caudal and pectoral fins are greenish while the dorsal, anal, and ventral fins are dusky or black. Other fish that are similar in appearance to the sheepshead include the black drum (Pogonias cromis) and Atlantic spadefish (Chaetodipterus faber). However, the black drum has barbels on the lower jaw and reaches a much larger adult size than the sheepshead. The Atlantic spadefish has a very short snout, a much rounder body shape and a larger soft dorsal and anal fin than the sheepshead. Additionally, the vertical bands on the sides of the black drum and Atlantic spadefish tend to fade with age much more so than the markings of the sheepshead.

Fishing Spots

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Absecon, NJ
United States United States
18 19 4 5 2
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Adams Bay Bay (Saltwater)

Empire, LA
United States United States
7 1 2
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Alabama Point(The Jetties) Gulf of Mexico

Orange Beach, AL
United States United States
8 1 4 2
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Amelia Island Island (Saltwater)

Amelia Island, FL
United States United States
4 25 3 3 12
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Amica Bay Bay (Saltwater)

Orange Beach, AL
United States United States
10 1 2
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Apalachicola Bay Bay (Saltwater)

Apalachicola, FL
United States United States
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Aransas Bay Bay (Saltwater)

Port Aransas, TX
United States United States
18 24 1 24 10
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Aripeka Flats Flats

Aripeka, FL
United States United States
2 20 2 6
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Atchafalaya Bay Bay (Saltwater)

Morgan City, LA
United States United States
8 6
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Atlantic Ocean Atlantic Ocean

Hatteras, NC
United States United States
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Atlantic Ocean Atlantic Ocean

Southport, NC
United States United States
8 44 3 10
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Atlantic Ocean Atlantic Ocean

Georgetown, SC
United States United States
8 89 1 4
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Atlantic Ocean Atlantic Ocean

Atlantic City, NJ
United States United States
9 43 1 6
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Atlantic Ocean Atlantic Ocean

Boynton Beach, FL
United States United States
34 65 9 6
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Atlantic Ocean Ocean

Charleston, SC
United States United States
22 80 11 4
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Atlantic Ocean Atlantic Ocean

Charleston, SC
United States United States
9 60 7 10
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Atlantic Ocean (FL) Atlantic Ocean

St. Augustine, FL
United States United States
3 64 11 4 4
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Atlantic Ocean (FL) Atlantic Ocean

Islamorada, FL
United States United States
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Atlantic Ocean (FL) Atlantic Ocean

Daytona Beach, FL
United States United States
17 59 3 14 4
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Atlantic Ocean (FL) Atlantic Ocean

Miami, FL
United States United States
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Atlantic Ocean (FL) Atlantic Ocean

Jacksonville, FL
United States United States
69 70 3 10 28
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Atlantic Ocean (NJ) Atlantic Ocean

Lavallette, NJ
United States United States
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Atlantic Ocean (NY) Atlantic Ocean

Montauk, NY
United States United States
11 59 8 6
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Tallahassee , FL
United States United States
6 2 4
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Back Bay of Biloxi Bay (Saltwater)

Biloxi, MS
United States United States
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Bacon Channel Channel (Freshwater)

Suwannee, FL
United States United States
20 2
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Baffin Bay Bay (Saltwater)

Corpus Christi, TX
United States United States
19 11 1 24 6
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Baffin Bay Bay (Saltwater)

Loyola Beach, TX
United States United States
11 1 6
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Bahia Honda Channel Channel (Saltwater)

Big Pine Key, FL
United States United States
28 2 4
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Baileys Mistake Bay (Saltwater)

Lubec, ME
United States United States
13 4

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Tournaments

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