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Avg. Length


Avg. Weight


World Record

21lbs 4oz

FL Record

15lbs 2oz

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Scientific Name

Archosargus probatocephalus

Common Names

Convict fish, Baitstealer, Sheepshead seabream


The Sheepshead can be identified by its black coloration often with bars of silver. The Sheephead also sports a mid-sized mouth capable of crushing shells.

Habitat & Behaviour

Sheephead can be found along coastal areas the provide structures or rocks that can hide crustaceans and mollusks, their favored food. They are often found in schools and are known to enter brackish water in search of food.

Natural Prey

The Sheephead subsists on a diet ranging from plant material to invertebrates and smaller vertebrates.

Handling Tips

Watch for sharp gill plates and spines on top. Beware of strong jaw.