- A Sheepshead is Like a big Saltwater Bream with a Bad Attitude.
- Work your knife point between the scales to avoid cutting through them.
- Use your knife blade to cut just above the dorsal to outline the fillet.
- Cutting your way down the backbone find the rib cage with the knife point.
- Push the knife through the fish just behind the vent to finish outlining.
- Cut your way along the top of the rib cage. Here you are separating the fillet from the body of the fish.
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Is sheepshead a good fish to eat?
The short answer is that the sheepshead taste is actually sweet and delicious with a slight shellfish flavor. The varied diet for this fish makes it not just delicious but also very nutritious. The somewhat flaky and tender flesh is often considered to have a flavor that faintly resembles shellfish when cooked.
Are sheepshead hard to clean?
Be advised that a sheepshead has heavy, sharp dorsal spines and very hard scales, so, when you are cleaning, it is prudent to wear gloves, at least on your fish holding “non-cutting hand”, as a wet, slippery, tough scaled fish can cause knife slips and maybe cutting accidents.
What size sheepshead can you keep?
California Sheephead The daily bag and possession limit is 5 fish, with a minimum size limit of 12 inches total length.
Can you eat sheepshead fish raw?
Sheepshead fish are not exactly pretty. Sheepshead prefer clean, unpolluted water and tend to move away from contaminated areas. This makes sheepshead perfectly safe to eat, although some say it’s still best to cook them first.
Can you leave the skin on sheepshead?
Like all fish fillets, you will have to skin the sheepshead fillet. On one end carefully hold the fillet and cut down to the skin. After finishing this, it should leave you with a nice boneless sheepshead fillet. The only other thing you will have to do is repeat steps 1-4 on the other side of the fish.
Is sheepshead a drum?
Drum are the only member of the Sciaenidae fish breed to live in freshwater, and catching a drum fish, also known as sheepshead, is thrilling for many anglers.