Sheepshead Porgy

Light and mild with a complex ocean flavor – from an Oyster diet.

Earthy, Clean, Mild, Moist

Sheepshead are the largest fish in the Porgy Family. Sheepshead gets their name from rows of flat teeth that line their mouths, resembling Sheep's teeth. The specialized teeth structure are paramount in acquiring the Sheepshead's favorite foods. The Sheepshead Porgy eat primarily Oysters, Barnacles, Clams and Fiddler Crab. This translates to an earthy complex ocean flavor that pairs well with many larger flavors. Mushrooms and Oak-full wines come to mind. Sheepshead Porgy have the characteristics of many Snapper with a larger flake. Treat as any favorite Snapper when preparing. Saute, Roast, Grill, Sous Vide.

Quick Facts

Commonly Known As:
Convict, Bait Bandit

  • Species Name

    Sea Bream

  • Latin Name

    Archosargus probatocephalus

  • Origin

    Gulf of Mexico Florida & Caribbean

  • Harvest Method

    Hook & Line

  • Range & Habitat

    South Atlantic & Caribbean

  • Producer

    St Pete Fleet

Year Round

Range & Habitat

about the fishery

St Pete Fleet

St Petersburg Fleet - Jutting between the pristine waters of the Gulf Of Mexico and the vast span Atlantic Ocean, Florida Vessels have the best of both worlds. Day Boat and Long Line Fisheries produce a bounty of tropical species as well as migratory predators and pelagic species. 

Ask any fish monger about procuring Gulf species and he’ll mention St. Petersburg, Florida (“St. Pete” for short). Vast varieties of fin-fish ranging from tuna and swordfish to groupers and snappers are distributed through this historically-rich region of the Florida coastline. Expect to also see a robust selection of Keys-caught species like yellowtail snapper, Caribbean Red Snapper and Hogfish to come through St. Pete. It’s regionally situated in a perfect location for national distribution and with our Q&A in place, it’s always top quality.

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