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Old 12-04-2018, 06:53 PM
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My son told me that people boil Sheephead with salt and crab boil as itís called the poor mans lobster. Any one know about this? He caught a few yesterday.
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It’s faux crab. Boil filets 10 minutes in crab boil and remove. Sautť some diced onions and peppers. Take the fish, onions and peppers, and mix with bread crumbs (or crushed crackers) and eggs add your favorite seasonings. Form into “crab” cakes and brown on both sides in a pan with a 1/8 or 1/4” of olive oil. They are delicious and the closest thing to a crab cake. I even will eat them on a hamburger bun with cheese.
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I've heard boiled fresh kingfish called the same thing. Sheepshead is an excellent eating fish so fried or baked or any way should be good.....My dad used to bake or broil it with lemon and butter.....
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if anybody has the sheepshead by Sheriff Harry Lee (rip) post it up

I think I may still have it somewhere

It was posted in the times picayune back when that was the nola newspaper

I can remember he sauteed the fillets in bacon grease, and I think there were green onions, ginger etc - kinda had an asian flair to it

was just telling Impulse Fishing Rob Dupont about this like a week ago

I really want to re-find this recipe!

I can't believe how many I threw back, considered them scrap iron . . .

Oh and the hoss fillet knife is THE way to go on these!

PS yes put your sheepshead in mesh bag (onion/crawfish sack etc) and boil about 8-12 mins
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Thanks, we normally fry them but it’s always nice to find other ways to cook it.
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Only thing I ever heard referred to as poor mans lobster is monk fish


I have some good sheepshead spots but find them to be a PIA to filet
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They usually show up this time of year around our pier but I haven't had the time to go see; any good reports lately?
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...and to stay on topic - ditto what everyone else said. Delicious, definitely worth all the tackle I lose around the pilings chasing them. Hope you find that recipe.
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We use it in all kinds of recipes. I love it grilled and we when we mix them and shrimp into crab cakes.
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They usually show up this time of year around our pier but I haven't had the time to go see; any good reports lately?
Iím not sure where you are but here in Grand Isle my son has caught about 20 between the last 2 times he went fishing. He only kept the bigger ones.
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Iím not sure where you are but here in Grand Isle my son has caught about 20 between the last 2 times he went fishing. He only kept the bigger ones.
OP, please ask him what rig he is using and what he's using for bait - and how deep is the water he's catching them at.

I like sheepshead a lot but struggle to get them to bite.

The few I've caught I've enjoyed broiled plain, then eat like lobster with salted butter. There is a slight likeness in flavor to lobster.

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Literally all he uses is a 1/8 oz. jig head or #2 kahle hook with a shrimp, dead or alive or a minnow. The spot he fishes is from land in the marsh. He doesn’t cast, it’s just dropped straight down about 5 feet from land, wish I could give you an exact location.
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He’s supposed to go Friday, I’ll post pics if he catches
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I just get a box of the small mustad hooks. I would use something better if I could find something that worked as well. If you feel the smallest nibble its usually a sheepshead.
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Right now they are getting thick around pilings and such inshore. We use kahle hooks and dead shrimp and catch a crap load of them. Every New Years in Cocodrie we have what we call our sheepshead killing trip. We will catch a couple hundred in a few days. They freeze well so we eat them all year.

This past Easter in Grand Isle we stopped keeping at 26 of big dang sheepshead. We were at the first rig you can see slightly to the southeast from Caminada Pass. Probably 35í deep. I had nothing but a 3/8 ounce jig head on the line with a 40 pound leader and a swivel connected to braid. I would put a dead shrimp on the hook and flip it out about 5í off the rig leg. They would hammer it within 10 seconds of so. My Mom has never been fishing away from land before. I would cast it out and hand her the rod. She had the time of her life and is wanting to go back!
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I've seen guys scrape the barnacles on the pier pilings to get them wound up and biting......When I was a kid in Bradenton we would use fiddler crabs and Tube Worms for bait.
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I have heard of people using boiled sheepshead as a substitute for crab meat in a West Indies salad. Donít let the name fool you this is a recipe that originated in Mobile.

Generally I think sheepshead are a great eating fish but think the comparison to shellfish gets overblown. To me there is a marked difference but both are very good.
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I have heard of people using boiled sheepshead as a substitute for crab meat in a West Indies salad. Donít let the name fool you this is a recipe that originated in Mobile.

Generally I think sheepshead are a great eating fish but think the comparison to shellfish gets overblown. To me there is a marked difference but both are very good.
It has a sort of buttery taste to me if it is fresh and grilled. In fact, I am going home to cook some tonight.
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Grill them. If you are filleting, put Italian dressing and marinade. Grill and eat.
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They are delicious - and the Hoss fillet knife is a real game changer. However, do not use one without a glove (cut proof) on your off hand...
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