Latin Name: (Scophthalmus rhombus)
Distribution: Found all round the coast of the UK.
Habitat: Mature brill avoid very shallow waters and usually stay just offshore in water between ten and thirty metres deep. However, fthey will come into shallower water in spring to spawn. Prefer sandy or muddy ground, and can also be found living on shingle seabeds.
Size: Up to 3ft and 20lb
Season: Mainly Summer and Autumn when they move into accessible water
Staple food: They will the seabed and eat marine worms, invertebrates, crustaceans and prawns. They will also hunt and eat small fish and sandeels given the chance.
Angling tactics: Drifting over sand banks using flowing traces with striops of mackerel or sandeel.
Bait: Mackerel and Sandeel
Boat caught; 16lbs
Shore caught; 7lb 7oz
Caught using Mackerel striops or sandeels. they are, like Turbot, Ambush hunters and lie in wait at the bottom of sand and gravel banks for small fish to swim past. Not as curious as Plaice.