UK Record Weights from rod/line:
MAFF Minimum Size: Shore:
Classic codfish profile with 3 dorsal and 2 anal fins. The anterior ray of the first dorsal fin is long, giving the fin a high and pointed profile, whilst the other dorsal and anal fins are rounded. The small pelvic fins, with their extended first rays, are positioned on the throat, and closer to the snout, than the pectoral fins. The tail fin is concaved. The head is reduced and has large eyes. The lower jaw has a small chin barbel, and is shorter than the upper jaw. The angle of the jaw occurs before the eye.
The back tends to exhibit a dark greenish brown colouration, that pales at the sides, and towards the white of the belly. The lateral line is dark to black, and a characteristic blackened thumb mark occurs above and behind the pectoral fin base, and straddles the lateral line.
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