UK Record Weights from rod/line:
Shore: 19-00-00 Southern Breakwater,
Boat:19-09-02 Off Reculver, Herne Bay.
MAFF Minimum Size: Shore:
This fish has an elongated and streamlined body, with two separately spaced dorsal fins. The first, or anterior dorsal fin, is composed of 8 to 9 membrane bound bony spines. The second dorsal fin has a leading spine, followed by 12 to 13 soft branched rays. The anal fin has 3 leading spines and 10 to 12 soft branched rays. The anal fin is set slightly back from the front of the second dorsal fin, which it sits beneath. The pectoral fins are positioned ahead of the pelvic fins, which are located at the anterior portion of the belly. The head is slightly enlarged, with a large wide mouth, although the eyes are relatively small in relation to head length. Opercular and preopercular bones have spines. Body and head are covered in large scales.Back is a bluish grey that blends into the metallic silver grey of the sides, and silver/greyish white of the belly. the gill cover has a darkish blotch towards it's posterior margin.
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