Sheepshead State Records

Sheepshead State Records

The Sheepshead State Records Every Angler Should Be Trying To Break

Every so often an angler will get the bite of a lifetime. A huge sheepshead that could set records. Sheepshead are such a great species to target while inshore fishing. They offer the challenge many anglers are looking for when trying to hook them and delicious fillets as a reward after landing them. After doing extensive research on each states records, the most common type of bait used was live shrimp. The second and third best sheepshead baits used were blue crab and clams. 

These record sheepshead are truly amazing fish and the anglers lucky enough to land them know how lucky they were. Many of the sheepshead records have not been broken in many years. Knowing how big these fish get should get all anglers excited to fish for them inshore. Maybe you are used to catching 1 lb to 3 lb sheepshead and you can not fathom a fish 17+ pounds. Well get out there and start fishing more for your chance at a true monster. The only way to break a record is by fishing for the record. Lets take a closer look at the sheepshead state records state by state.

Record-Setting Sheepshead From Every State

Alabama Sheepshead Record

Alabama Sheepshead State Record

Alabama Sheepshead State Record (Photo Credit:

On April 1st, 2015 Brandon Collier of Irvington, Alabama landed a state record sheepshead. The sheepshead measured 22.6 inches long and had an even more impressive stomach girth of 24.5 inches. It weighed a massive 13 pounds 9 ounces. This was the only April fools joke in 2015 that turned out to be true.

Connecticut Sheepshead Record

Back in 1998 Clyde Turner hooked up on a sheepshead on the Branford Reef that would set the Connecticut state record. His sheepshead weighed in at 10 pounds 11 ounces.

Delaware Sheepshead Record

Delaware Sheepshead Record

The Delaware Sheepshead Record (Photo Credit:

On September 29th 2014 David Walker of Boothwyn, Pa., caught a sheepshead that would change the record books. He was fishing a local tournament when he landed this Delaware state-record sheepshead. This sheepshead weighed in at  17.1 pounds, and measured an incredible 28 inches in length and had a girth of 24 inches.

Florida Sheepshead Record

The Florida sheepshead state record has stood the test of time. No one has been able to beat it. This is shocking with amount of sheepshead caught every year in Florida. Back in 1981 angler E. Lechler managed to catch a behemoth sheepshead. This fish weighed in at 15 pounds 2 ounces.

Georgia Sheepshead Record

The Georgia sheepshead record happened back in 2002. Angler Ralph White landed the state record with a sheepshead that weighed in at 14 pounds 14 ounces. One of the smallest record fish for sheepshead records.

Louisiana Sheepshead Record

Louisiana State Record Sheepshead

World Record Sheepshead (Photo Credit:

Louisiana loves sheepshead. This state record fish is also the world record sheepshead. This is a record that may never be broken. On April16, 1982 Wayne Desselle of New Orleans, LA landed the largest sheepshead ever caught. This massive fish weighed in at 21 pounds 4 ounces. It was caught on live shrimp.

Maryland Sheepshead Record

Maryland Sheepshead Record

Monster Sheepshead Caught In Maryland (Photo Credit: Maryland DNR image)

On September 23rd, 2017 Robert Martin landed a colossal sheepshead that would land him in the record books. This massive sheepshead weighed a whooping 18 pounds. It was landed in the atlantic placing it in the atlantic division. Robert and his father was fishing Ocean City when this beast bit the line.

Mississippi Sheepshead Record

One of the oldest records for sheepshead is help by Mississippi. They record sheepshead has not been broken since 1966. This is because Roy Groue Jr. landed a monster fish. His sheepshead weighed in at 19 pounds 10 ounces.

New Jersey Sheepshead Record

New Jersey Sheepshead Record

Massive Sheepshead Sets New Jersey Record (Photo Credit:

On October 14th, 2014, William Catino of Ventnor, New Jersey, smashed the new jersey state sheepshead record by 2 pounds. He managed to land a true monster. This sheepshead weighed a record setting 19 pounds, 3 ounces.  

North Carolina Sheepshead Record

The North Carolina sheepshead record is no little fish. This massive sheepshead weighed in at 19 pounds 4 ounces. It was caught by Chris Robbins back in 1999 off the Oregon inlet.

South Carolina Sheepshead Record

South Carolina Sheepshead Record

Monster Sheepshead That Broke South Carolina Record (Photo

In 2008 Jimmy Widener of Hanahan, South Carolina was fishing off mt pleasent near charleston when he hooked into a stud sheepshead. Little did he know that this sheepshead would set the South Carolina state record. This fish weighed in at 16 pounds 6 ounces.

Texas Sheepshead Record

The record sheepshead for Texas was caught on October 17, 2002. Wayne Gilstrap was fishing the lower Laguna Madre with live shrimp. He managed to land a 26.5 inch sheepshead that weighed an outstanding 15.25 pounds. This monster sheepshead was a once in a lifetime fish.

Virginia Sheepshead Record

Virginia State Sheepshead Record

This Record Sheepshead Was Landed From A Pier (Photo

On October 6th, 2005 Arun Nehek of Newport News landed a sheepshead he would never forget. He caught this sheepshead using clam from the Seagull Fishing Pier at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. This fish measured 30.5 inches in length and had a girth of 27 inches. It weighed in at 20 pound 12 ounces. This truly was a monster sheepshead.

** States We Could Not Find Sheepshead Records: Massachusettes, New York, New Hampshire, Maine, and Rhode Island

** If you have picture of any of the fish listed above that may be better than what we have please email them to us

Landing a sheepshead over 10lbs is a dream of many anglers. Only a few will have the chance to get them big enough to set a state record. In order to break the record you have to get out there and fish! Fish your jetties, sea walls, piers and bridge pylons to find that monster sheepshead lurking in the inshore waters. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to leave us a comment below or email us at We would love to hear your near record monster sheepshead experiences. We would also love to see all of your sheepshead catches so make sure you send us all your great catches to be featured on our social media pages. Make sure to check out our sheepshead Species page for other great sheepshead blogs. Find informative information on fishing for sheepshead, chumming for sheepshead, finding fiddlers for bait, cleaning sheeps, or amazing sheepshead recipes. Don't forget to get stocked with our sheepshead jigs for your next fishing trip. Now get out there and smash your sheepshead state records today!


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Terry Overly - October 31, 2018

Wow! I never knew sheepshead got as big as what is posted here! And I never knew their range. I grew up fishing in South Florida, the Keys, and Everglades. I never caught any sheeps head or saw any big enough to to spear or keep. But when I moved to East Central Florida and caught some really sizable sheeps head I was addicted for life. In my quest to find fishable clean water I have moved to the Western Florida Panhandle. After surviving Hurricane Micheal shortly after arriving here and finally finishing the clean up I plan to hit the water and start my quest to hunt for sheeps head in this new territory. I know most sheeps head fishermen are reluctant to give up their honey holes but I would really appreciate some info on where to go? Trash Fish Terry

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