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
Boat record 11lb 14ozs
Average Size: 6lb
Caught on boats - they are sometimes caught on piers but are mainly a deeper water fish.