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Old 06-13-2017, 07:25 AM   #16
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They don't swim the same either... Sheepshead tend to dart around a lot faster. They're very distinct looking. Those stripes really stick out, even in dirty water.
hmm, good to know, I guess it means you need better visibility to hunt Sheepsheads than Togs.
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Old 06-14-2017, 03:00 PM   #17
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hmm, good to know, I guess it means you need better visibility to hunt Sheepsheads than Togs.
No, sheepshead are way easier to spot in low vis. They look nothing like tog either. In my experience, they will find you first as they seem to be curious but you only get one shot in most cases as in, once you fire, they will all take off for a while or the ones you didn't hit will. The sheepsheads that come to NJ are almost always a good size to get and there's no restrictions either. The largest ones in the country tend to be in the lower New Jersey northern Delaware regions from what I've gathered and so are the record size fish even though they are more of a southern fish. I stopped shooting tog a long time ago and mainly go for Sheepshead and trigger. Not only are they restriction free, they are the best eating and best fish to clean in my opinion. I say that in comparison to tog which I hate cleaning because they are slimy and I always feel like I'm leaving too much meat on them afterwards. Trigger are the best as it's just a head, fins and bones left after cleaning. Two nice filets even on the smaller fish. Sheepshead tend to be around 14 inches plus in NJ. I've never seen one under 12" where I dive and I've seen a lot of them along with Atlantic Spade fish which are beautiful but the meat tends to feel like bluefish as they are like butter to filet. My only problem is the water where I spear has been murky for the past few seasons or I've just been really unlucky but when I see those thick black and white vertical stripes, I fire. (unless I think there might be a rock behind them)
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Old 06-15-2017, 08:32 AM   #18
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Yep, they're way easier to spot in low viz. Like I said, those stripes really pop in the water. Once you see one, you'll never think a tog is a sheepie again...

And I agree, I was shocked by how good the sheepshead were. I don't know how to properly filet one though I think. I shot a 7lb fish last year and didn't get much meat off of it. I'm interested in taking the head off the triggers this year, pulling the skin, and cooking the fish whole. I need the one guy to show me sometime though...
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Old 06-15-2017, 09:47 AM   #19
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Lemonstier, I believe this is you I took a pic of after shooting one, 7 years ago last week or so. The other one on my boat, Gene shot I think.
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Old 06-17-2017, 11:18 AM   #20
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Lemonstier, I believe this is you I took a pic of after shooting one, 7 years ago last week or so. The other one on my boat, Gene shot I think.
Haha! Yes. That is me holding the fish and my brother. I miss the days of clear water!!
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