Stopped by the fish market today saw some sheep head fish they look just like croakers and red-drum can somebody say how they taste and if they are boney the cost was 1.59lb
sheephead are delicious...but dont look anything like drum or croaker?
round bodied fish like a bream sorta...just alot bigger ..big tough scales....goofy lookin teethlike tautog...small mouth..big head...very spiny fins..tan with vertical brown stripes
Chris storrs is accurately describing what many of us know as a sheepshead. But I think I know what supercast is talking about.
I too went to a fish market and noticed a fish labeled "sheepshead". It kind of looked like a giant spot or croaker-ish type of fish. So I got curious and looked it up. I think it's a freshwater drum that has several regional names including sheepshead and gaspergou.
Food network says it's good to eat:
I'm from the midwest and that is what they call freshwater drum there. Especially in Lake Erie. Freshwater drum are pretty much the same as croaker/red drum. They get upwards of 20 pounds, but most are 3-5 pounds.
Desperado/Mepp3 anglers you are right from the picture that is the fish my take, is it a good table fish?
They are related fish, specifically family Sciaenidae (i.e. drums). They put up a hell of a fight. Used to catch them all the time when I lived in Ohio along Erie. A 5lb+ freshwater drum on light tackle will work your arms sore. I never personally have eaten them but I had a friend eat a large one from a fairly clean river. He said it was a little too fishy for him but he really didn't do a good job of keeping the fish fresh and cleaning it well. I would be concerned about where the fish is from. If it is from the Great Lakes they consume a lot of zebra mussels, which are loaded with metals and toxins they filter out of the water and into their tissue. Heavy on the consumption warnings...
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