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Sheephead

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Yesterday I went out into Pool 2 and fished with some crawlers. I caught my first sheephead. We caught many more throughout the night and I ended the night on this bad boy.....

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It was 20 inches.

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So since it is a "rough fish" can you keep them on pool 2?

You should try eating sheephead, you will be surprised. But you have to fillet it right.

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I'm not sure if you can keep em or not. Yeah, I would think they would be a tough fillet.

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i have a pal that swears they are good i have yet to try his theory. but im guess in like white bass, if you remove any red colored meat and remove any mud line,(if sheephead have them) they would be ok as they are a predator as well as a bottom feeder. i just have to get over the "its not good because nobody eats them" thinking. Im glad i did for the whitebass as they are tastey little things

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I read an article from don't remember where. They claimed Sheephead next to Walleye in a blind taste test was not noticed by the participants. Get some buddies and give it a try.

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I read an article from don't remember where. They claimed Sheephead next to Walleye in a blind taste test was not noticed by the participants. Get some buddies and give it a try.

It is true! I have tried sheephead and I would reccommend it to anyone. Search in online, and in the great Minnesota fish book they also talk about the sheepheads eating quality. You do have to set all judgements aside.

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Ktap, I'm not sure I want to know why you ate sheephead....But lets hear it!

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Sheephead are good to eat, down here they are called drum perch. I have caught many on throw lines in the Missouri River when I was younger with my grandfather. Also that hump on top of the head can be cracked open and there are calcium stones in there not to be morbid it was just something the "Old Swede" showed me.

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My cousin told me that after we hooked into some. He said they had some stones in their head. That is crazy!!

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Yeah, my old man used to have a jar full of them when he was a kid. He thinks Grama tossed em'

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I've never eaten sheephead myself, but I've talked to guys who said the meat was very sweet and they tasted great.

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I put on a clinic today catching sheephead I did not feel like keeping them today, but I should have!

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Funny how guys travel 1000's of miles to catch and eat drum in the south, (redfish) but will not eat the freshwater drum here.

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Although, I would not eat those from the river.

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