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Fact File

Latin Name: Zeus faber

Distribution: John Dory are coastal fish, found on the coasts of Africa, South East Asia, New Zealand, Australia, the coasts of Japan, and on the coasts of Europe. They live near the seabed, living in depths from 5 metres (15 ft) to 360 metres (1200 ft). They are normally solitary.

Habitat: Soft sand and muddy seabeds in depths all of the way down to almost one thousand metre

Size: up to 600 cm's on Average

Season: Mainly a summer fish when it comes here as the water warms up. Surprisingly common

Staple food: The John Dory is primarily a piscivore; it eats a variety of fish, especially schooling fish such as sardines. Occasionally it eats squid and cuttlefish.

Angling tactics: Caught by accident - they are solitary fish, poor swimmers and hang around reefs and other ambush areas

Bait Fish strips, articficial lures

British Record:
Boat record 11lb 14ozs
Average Size: 6lb

Caught on boats - they are sometimes caught on piers but are mainly a deeper water fish.