Conclusion: When cooked the same it is very difficult to tell the difference between them and Walleye. I like to cook them right up when I can! The good news is that in recent years the sheepshead’s reputation has gradually been rehabilitated in the eyes of anglers and conservationists alike. They are a good fish to eat just don't eat ones over 4-5#'s. A 6-pound sheepshead will put a strain on your wrist if you're not prepared. I like pinfish and I haven't detected the "iodine" aftertaste that CarlF detected. Participant. The day after I made my decision to catch and eat a sheepshead, I saw Smokey's posted on its Facebook page that it will be holding a Sheeps Head Bonanza (a fishing contest) this Saturday. Like I stated earlier, in the spring I use them for pickling and deep fry them at least 3 times a year. I have my son take a set of pliers and have him clip EVERY spine off of them before i will clean the thing and one always gets me anyway. Sparta, WI. Killing them just to take the stone out of the head seems kinda wasteful to me, especially for a very tasty fish. bret_clark. The freshwater drum, one of the most wide-ranging species in North America, can be good to eat if prepared properly. I could tell which one was which because I read somewhere that Sheepshead are a little denser meat than Walleye. The sheepshead they've been catching inside Lake Worth Inlet are plentiful, good-sized and very good to eat, especially when the fillets are fried or baked. Don't expect a light, flaky texture, though— drum has a firm, meaty texture. They eat really good though. Slit the bottom of the throat at about the mid gill area and slice halfway through the gills also-let the fish continue to breath and pump … Of course, they are good fried, but I like mine blackened on a white-hot cast iron skillet with plenty of seasonings! You all say sheepshead are good eating, but I’d be curious to see how often you actually eat them. They get a … The meat is good for eating, and hence the sheephead has been subjected fishery. Some folks think Sheephead are a garbage fish . Posts: 9,398. As for sheepshead - GREAT! 01-06-2008, 03:29 PM #23 There are also saltwater drum that are tasty when small but become dense like chicken when they get bigger, also good eating. The meat of a sheepshead is often served as imitation crabmeat. The key to preparing most fish is cleaning them right away, cutting out the lateral line and putting the fillets on ice or refrigerating them. June 14, 2006 at 1:32 pm #453670. There are fish at the coast called sheephead, that hang around pier pilings, that are desirable to catch and eat. i never ate a freshwater drum so l really do not know for sure, but with strong tasting fish it is a good idea to remove the lateral line and the dark colored flesh around it. I've always found sheepshead to be good fighters. This may come as surprise, but “Eat Safe Fish” guidelines from Michigan Department of Community Health show that freshwater drum in a given body of water are more comparable to gamefish like bass, walleye, and pike than bottom-feeding carp and channel catfish. - Of course most that say that have never tried them. Read more. Joe-if I may- an old guide passed down-take live sheepshead put in a perforated 5 gal bucket full of water with hose trickling in. Sheepshead are excellent prepared several different ways. Sheepshead are a very good eating fish. They think they are no good to eat.