Common in the estuaries and on the coasts of Southern and Western Britain and Ireland, ascending the rivers for miles. Though often called 'Salmon Bass' from its resemblance in shape and colour to the Salmon, it can be easily recognised by its large mouth, spiky fins and gill-covers, and by having two true fins (the first spiky) on the back. It feeds voraciously on small fish, crabs, prawns, worms and even offal. A powerful sporting fish, excellent to eat. The largest specimen angled* weighed 18 lbs. 2 oz.
*up to 1958.