SMILE! Fisherman reels in prize catch with pearly whites

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Sheepshead are also referred to as the 'convict fish'

Jennette’s Pier

NAGS HEAD, N.C. (BRPROUD) – No, those are not dentures or human teeth inside a fish.

Angler Nathan Martin caught the Sheepshead seen in the attached pictures.

The fish was caught at Jennette’s Pier just after lunch on Monday August 2.

Jennette’s Pier is in Nags Head, North Carolina.

According to North Carolina Aquariums, “these elusive fish use those big teeth to eat barnacles and other hard shelled animals such as blue crabs.

Nathan Martin is from the northeastern part of North Carolina and lives about an hour from Jennette’s Pier.

Fishing is one of his favorite things to do.

After catching the Sheepshead by using mussels as bait, Martin stated that the prize catch was going to end up on a wall.

According to Scientific American, Sheepshead “have five to seven distinctive black, vertical bars running down their silvery bodies, which is why the sheepshead is also called the convict fish.”

A fellow fisherman shared a picture of what a baby Sheepshead looks like.

,Image courtesy of Merman Dan – used with permission

North Carolina Aquariums stated that Sheepshead are typically caught near piers and bridge pilings.

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