The DNR told me that Kristi's fish was the second largest sheephead they have EVER heard of-just missing the current state record set in 2003, but bigger than the previous state record of 17 lbs 3 ozs! it was truly a MONSTER. It took her about 40 minutes to land, I chased it with the boat for about a half hour. We were fishing perch with ultralights and 6 lb test!
It was funny because we were in my little 14 foot Lund and after we caught it, i went up to a charter who was fishing perch and asked him if he knew what the Ohio state record was for sheephead, he looked at me like what was I bothering him for-kinda like here is a guy-don't know nuthin with his 2 kids and a decent sized sheephed. So he says to me, "why-you think you have a big one?" I held the fish up and said, "yeah I do" he goes HOLY SH-T!!
BAAAAHHHHHHHH dang croakers alway fooling us into thinkin we got a nice steelie or walleye on...untill after there first good pull then it's skiing to the back of the boat. BOOO on sheephead, they are fun to catch tho but only if the don't disapoint. I actually like catching them while perchin on light spinning gear that's fun.
yesterday i fished some ponds with a friend. didnt catch anything... so we went 2 a small pier on the lake and the first thing i caught was a sheephead on an erie dearie and on a bad day even a sheephead brightens your day! so there not so bad
sheephead is not a bad tasting fish. most people just don't know how to prepair them. i found that if you tenderize them by smacking them against the boat (or rocks if your shore fishing) for a while there not bad tasting.