Latin Name: Sparus auratus
Distribution: Maiinly in the South West Channel but increasingly found in Kent and Sussex waters
Habitat: While full grown mature fish may live in depths down to a hundred metres or so the vast majority live and feed between shallow inshore waters. It is primarily a demersal fish.
Size: Maximum size1m - typical speciment 0.3 - 0.5m
Season: Summer Fish
Staple food: Crabs, worms prawns and crustaceans although they are herbivorous and can feed on seaweed and other forms of marine vegetation.
Angling tactics: Bottom fishing with worms or crab baits
Bait: Crab, fish or worm baits
Boat caught; 9lb 150z
Shore caught; 10lb 5oz
Caught mostly In the south west but increasingly being caught in numbrs in the eastern channel and in Wales. Appear in number in Cornish eastuarys miles inland hunting for crabs at high tide.
Shoal fish which can be caught using similar tactics to Black Bream.Its a hard fighting fish which belies its size.