UK Record Weights from rod/line:
Shore: 4-09-00 Pembrook, Guernsey. R.Andrews 1991
Boat: 5-08-00 BerryHead, Brixham. R.S.Armstrong 1969
MAFF Minimum Size: Shore:
A deep bodied codfish with slightly compressed sides, with three dorsal and 2 anal fins. The anterior dorsal fin is high and pointed due to the elongation of it's first ray, and subsequent diminishment of the rays behind it, coupled with it's narrow base. In contrast the anterior anal fin has a wide base, starting beneath the centre of the first dorsal, and ending behind the junction of the second and third dorsal fins. The lateral line is distinct and continues to the tail fin. The head accounts for about a fifth of the total length. The eyes are large in comparison to the head size. The top jaw is longer than the lower jaw. A well developed barbel is present on the chin, and is almost the same size as the diameter of the eye. The mouth angle is below the eye.
The back is a copper brown, that fades to an iridescent brownish yellow, with an almost pinkish sheen, on the sides, and a white belly. The sides often exhibit four or five dusky vertical bars or bands, with a characteristic black spot at the base of the pectoral fins.
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