Sheepshead

SWEET FLAVOR. DELICATE WHITE FLAKES.

NICKNAMES Convict fish
AVAILABLE
May through December 
LANDED AT Oak Island, NC
CATCH METHOD gill net
A GREAT SOURCE OF good source of protein, low in fat, omega-3s
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Sheepshead is one of the most unique fish in our waters. Bold black and gray stripes cover its body, and large buck teeth adorn its mouth. The teeth are necessary to eat its favorite prey which include fiddler crabs, barnacles, oysters, and mussels. Called convicts because of their black and white stripes, these jailbirds are often found hanging around jetties and docks.

Despite their weird look, Sheepshead is a really tasty fish. A diet of shellfish infuses a sweet flavor into the flesh of Sheepshead. The flakes are dense and moist, and the texture holds up well against most cooking methods.

WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING

“Had Sheepshead this week for the first time and it was delicious!”