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Sheephead anyone?

Postby Turkeypens15 » Wed Mar 04, 2009 3:42 pm

Does anybody on here fish for sheephead? Its a real challenge isnt it. We go every summer to southport but it seems like every year we catch less and less. What about yall?
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Re: Sheephead anyone?

Postby Smackaduck » Wed Mar 04, 2009 7:08 pm

We go down south every year and catch lots of the nasty things.
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Re: Sheephead anyone?

Postby dog walker » Wed Mar 04, 2009 8:37 pm

I used to run a platform out of Venice in Breton Sound,and about this time of year maybe earlier they would have boats show up with slaughter poles and fill the boat bow to stern with sheephead.They used jig heads with no barbs and would flip them in the boat and they would come right off the hook.They used a little piece of dead shrimp and when the bite slowed down they would slap the water with the ends of the poles.It was like watching someone perch jerking,they would fill the boat in a couple of hours and be back the next day for more.
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Re: Sheephead anyone?

Postby woodduck14 » Thu Mar 05, 2009 8:00 am

yeah each year i go to florida and catch a bunch of them. take a small hook with a little crab and throw it under some docks and you should have sheepshead. we always threw them back,how do they taste?
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Re: Sheephead anyone?

Postby REDGUN » Thu Mar 05, 2009 2:08 pm

Used to catch quit a few of them on the Texas coast fishing on the jetties and piers.
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Re: Sheephead anyone?

Postby Turkeypens15 » Thu Mar 05, 2009 7:19 pm

We always deep fry them and tey taste delicious. Those along with some home fries, slaw, hush puppies, and a tea are the best. The big commerical fishermen used to throw them back when they caught them in their nets but now they relized what they were catching and how good they taste sometimes you will see them in the grocery store.

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Re: Sheephead anyone?

Postby woodduck14 » Fri Mar 06, 2009 7:58 am

nothin too big. they all seemed the same size. prolly half a pound or almost a pound.
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Re: Sheephead anyone?

Postby Botiz630 » Fri Mar 06, 2009 8:12 am

I catch em all the time in Florida. We keep them and eat them and I think they taste fine.
There is a freshwater version also. I fish alot in Lake Erie and cannot help but catch them, they are a real pain. The biggest one I ever caught was 25'' long.
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Re: Sheephead anyone?

Postby floating redneck » Fri Mar 06, 2009 4:03 pm

we catch them all time up her but always threw them back maybe after reading your posts ill keep a couple do you know if the freshwater ones are good eating too
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Re: Sheephead anyone?

Postby Smackaduck » Sat Mar 07, 2009 11:01 am

Never heard of a freshwater sheepshead. :huh:
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Re: Sheephead anyone?

Postby Botiz630 » Sat Mar 07, 2009 11:46 am

it is technically a freshwater drum. everyone I know on Lake Erie calls em sheepshead. If you have ever fished Erie, I gaurantee you have caught one. They are a nuisance
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Re: Sheephead anyone?

Postby Smackaduck » Sat Mar 07, 2009 1:47 pm

We call them freshwater drum or gaspergou.
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Re: Sheephead anyone?

Postby floating redneck » Sun Mar 08, 2009 4:32 pm

Botiz630 wrote:it is technically a freshwater drum. everyone I know on Lake Erie calls em sheepshead. If you have ever fished Erie, I gaurantee you have caught one. They are a nuisance

we call burbort aka dogfish freshwater drum ill have to research this
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Postby floating redneck » Sun Mar 08, 2009 4:36 pm

we were wrong burbot are actually in the cod family
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Postby Smackaduck » Mon Mar 09, 2009 7:48 am

I had to look that up, Ive never heard of a burbot. Looks similar to our choupique.
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Re: Sheephead anyone?

Postby jaysweet3 » Mon Mar 09, 2009 10:27 am

I thought the coastal sheephead were supposed to be good to eat? I haven't tried them, but while fishing the Gulf Coast we caught a few while catching bait. The mate on our boat was raving over them.
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Re: Sheephead anyone?

Postby Botiz630 » Mon Mar 09, 2009 2:51 pm

They are. Its the ones in lake erie that suck. I call them both the same thing and it probably just confuses people.
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Re: Sheephead anyone?

Postby Turkeypens15 » Mon Mar 09, 2009 7:01 pm

my biggest(saltwater) - 7 1/2 pounds
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Re: Sheephead anyone?

Postby jaysweet3 » Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:40 pm

They are black and white, aren't they? Vertical stripes?
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Re: Sheephead anyone?

Postby Botiz630 » Tue Mar 10, 2009 6:38 pm

correct
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