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Posted: Aug 01, 2019 - 07:42 am


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My son and I caught two sheepshead (local lingo for fresh water drum) literally back to back this week. His was 21 inches long and a pretty good fight for an 11 year old! Mine, as seen in the picture, was 29 inches and an awesome fight. We didn't measure the girth, but I figure around 24 inches (an estimation), which would put the fish at around 20 pounds.

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Posted: Aug 01, 2019 - 08:03 am


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Nice fish!! Go Leafs Go!!

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Posted: Aug 01, 2019 - 10:16 am


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Those big sheep head are fighters, well worth it for me. We catch a couple every time we go to this one river trolling for pickerel. We have actually stopped and backed up thinking we were stuck. But that is bigger I believe then the ones we been getting. I plan on keeping a couple next time and try smoking them.

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Posted: Aug 01, 2019 - 11:17 am


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LOL.. Years and Years ago the first time we hooked up a drum on Nip we thought we had the world record bass on the line.. but then things went off script....
It tore off line and stayed down...
Finally a flash in the water followed by a what the hell is that line... and a picture ...and a google search...

All said and done they are a great catch and scrap for kids and a serious test of your light rod and reel....

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Posted: Aug 01, 2019 - 08:10 pm


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They are an awesome fight, but definitely a disappointment when you get your first look.

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Posted: Aug 02, 2019 - 12:20 am


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Congrats on the correct hold for a water goat (local lingo). Positioning of the lower hand is critical. Only the lord knows why they need such a big poop shoot.

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Posted: Aug 02, 2019 - 02:08 pm


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Whoa! Nice catch! Those sheepys are wild fighters.

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Posted: Aug 02, 2019 - 02:16 pm


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Yes they are. It ran my ling close to 100 feet. But when it got tired, it was like pulling dead weight!

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Posted: Aug 04, 2019 - 10:17 pm


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QUOTE (sabmgb @ Aug 01, 2019 - 10:16 am)
Those big sheep head are fighters, well worth it for me. We catch a couple every time we go to this one river trolling for pickerel. We have actually stopped and backed up thinking we were stuck. But that is bigger I believe then the ones we been getting. I plan on keeping a couple next time and try smoking them.

Let us know how that goes. I filleted one before, and it was disappointing. Very little meat for the size of the fish. Lots of it needs to be trimmed too (fatty).

The meat had a strange consistency - almost between coconut and fish.

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Posted: Aug 06, 2019 - 10:59 am


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Awesome fish, definitely a memorable fight...

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Posted: Aug 07, 2019 - 04:52 am


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Nice fish for sure. Congrats.

Several years ago I was going to try and eat one and found there is a large number of recipes online. They are still printed off at camp stuck to the side of the fridge:

http://ohioseagrant.osu.edu/archive/_docum...ter%20catch.pdf

Just never actually got around to it. Let us know how they taste.

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Posted: Aug 07, 2019 - 07:27 am


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For those who want to try to fillet one, I found this video where Italo Labignan shows how to fillet sheephead.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1e2FdspN5E

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Posted: Aug 08, 2019 - 05:02 am


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Good video - thanks

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Posted: Aug 08, 2019 - 09:23 am


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Nice one ..

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Posted: Aug 08, 2019 - 02:08 pm


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That thing is a tank, nice catch

As for that hat.....

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