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Fact File

Latin Name: Chelidonichthys cuculus

Distribution: extends from southern Norway and Sweden southwards to the British Isles, France, Spain, Mediterranean, Madeira, the Azores and the coast of Africa as far south as Mauritania

Size: Up to 40 cm

Season: Generally a summer species

Staple food: Worms, small fish, crustaceans,

Angling tactics: Worm or fish baits hard on the bottom. Sometimes takes feathers meant for mackerel and bass

Bait Worms

British Record:
Shore 2lb 10oz
Boat record 2lb 14oz
Average Size: 1lb

Caught on: Can be shore caught but more commonly caught on boats.

Its depth range is from the surface down to about 400 m (1,312 ft) but it is most usually found between 30 and 250 m (98 and 820 ft). It is found over sand, shingle or rocky seabeds

Red Gurnard