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Updated: 03/13/2014 02:59:36PM

Are you smarter than a sheepshead?

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By Tom Johnson

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I could probably beat a fish in a game of Trivial Pursuit. And I would kick his tail if we were contestants on Jeopardy, unless the category were something obscure like French war heroes. Size-wise, I have a larger brain than most fish. And supposedly, humans have superior intelligence — supposedly. However, after going head-to-head with some sheepshead yesterday, I am not sure where I stand in the evolution of the species.

Look, we all know the best way to catch sheepshead is to drop a line with a sand flea or a crab next to some rocks. I was too lazy to seek out either of these baits. I had a bucket full of live shrimp. They were meant to attract other more colorful gamefish, like blues or reds. But my crustaceans were not performing their appointed task, so I decided to try for their barnacle-loving buddies. Here are the details of my showdown with sheepshead:

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