Best known for their teeth that look like they came from a human mouth, sheepshead are an inshore species and are commonly found around oyster bars, seawalls and in tidal creeks. They move nearshore during late winter and early spring for spawning.
Sheepshead have tough skin, heavy scales and strong fin spines, making them more difficult to clean than most fish. Although sheepshead are difficult to clean, the flesh is excellent. It’s meat is very white and firm with a flavor similar to crabmeat, small grouper and drum. Sheepshead is best prepared pan-fried, broiled, sautéed, or grilled whole. Sheepshead can also be used in soups and chowders, and they can even be used to make imitation crab meat.
Like most lean fish, sheepshead cook quickly, so it’s easy to overcook them. When the flesh is cooked for too long, it can get dry and somewhat tough. How can you tell when whole sheepies are done? Watch the backbone – the meat will draw away from the backbone. The flesh on whole dressed fish and in fillets will turn from almost clear to white when completely done.
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Notes from our buyer
Crawfish catch volumes are increasing each week as the average high temps in South Louisiana is staying around 70 degrees with mild overnight lows. We are rotating the ponds we are fishing to ensure the proper growth rate of the crawfish and not to deplete the supply early. We expect demand to increase along with the catch as we approach Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday.
East Coast Halibut availability is limited this week and pricing is up. Call your sales rep for pricing and availability. The Alaskan Halibut season will open on March 11th.
Mahi prices are up and availability is limited this week. Call your sales rep for pricing and availability.
American Red Snapper
New fish just in from Galveston, TX. Whole fish ranging in size from 1-2, 2-4, and 4-8 are available with good availability.
We have Fresh Domestic Crabmeat and Fresh Non Domestic Crab from Mexico. Call your sales rep today for pricing and availability.
We have Manilla Clams, Littleneck Clams and Pei Mussels arriving twice a week. Call your sales rep for availability.
The Fisherman Strike in Iceland has been resolved. Availability is looking good, and pricing is getting back in line.
Arctic Char is a unique strain of saltwater char sustainably farm-raised in Iceland. Often compared to salmon and trout, Arctic Char has a distinct, sweet buttery flavor and firm pink flesh that sets it apart from other fish on the market. We get this in twice a week, ask your sales rep for more info.
East Coast Oysters
We have a great selection of oysters this week. Make sure you are on our East Coast oyster list that we send out every week. We have access to several varieties each week.
Availability is looking good and we are getting in a good amount of Gulf Oysters. Gulf sack prices are holding steady. Gulf sacks and gallons are available.
Redfish & Striped Bass
Extra Jumbo Redfish (3lb and up) have a good availability right now. The availability on jumbo sized redfish (2.5-3lb) is starting to tighten up due to the colder temperatures. Striped Bass is a great option this time of year as well.
Chilean Salmon, Canadian Salmon, and North Sea Salmon prices all continue to stay up. Not sure when this trend will end, but we expect it to continue for the next few months. The increase on Chilean Salmon is attributed to several factors including, last year’s historic algae bloom, the current exchange rate, and slower growth rates.
This E.U Certified Organic salmon is unlike any other farm raised salmon where it is raised in the open ocean of the Shetland Islands, and not in a Loch or Bay like other farms raised salmons. Its certified sustainable aquaculture methods are free from all antibiotics, hormones, & GMO, and its feed is certified organic and uses no synthetic coloring or pigments added.
U10 Dry Scallop prices are holding steady. We expect decent supplies for the coming weeks.
Prices are up due to limited catches from the lunar cycle. We have great 2+ and #1 fish arriving this week.
Red, black, and yellow edge grouper are available in the market, although limited. Call your sales rep for prices and availability.
Good fishing weather out of Hackberry, LA has got us some good landings on drum this week. Call your sales rep for pricing and availability.
We currently carry H&G 10-15 kg Chilean Seabass. Seabass prices are on the rise. And we don’t see them coming down anytime soon.
Swordfish prices are up, with the same trend as the tuna. We have Fish arriving just in time for the weekend.
The larger sizes of the Ruby Trout are more available than they have been. For the next few months 8-10 oz and 10-12 oz Ruby will be available, but limited.
Wild Isles Ocean Trout
The All Natural Ocean Trout (Steelhead) is an amazing sashimi quality ocean trout with a higher fat content then salmon and a great flavor that lends itself to any type of cooking or smoking.