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The Greater Weever is not a fish many anglers get to see unless they are on a deep water charter trip. They are caught when fishing for cod but more often on turbot baits or even on feathers when trying for mackerel or launce. They are a striking looking fish around 30 to 35cm long with distinctive stripes along the flanks and a blue tinge to the fins. The poisonous black dorsal fin is just like the lesser weavers we see in shrimping nets and must be avoided at all costs.
They are reputed to be very nice to eat but most of the ones I have seen caught are soon dispatched carefully back over the side. Breeding season is from June to August.
Latin Name: Trachinus draco
Distribution: Found in deeper water than its smaller cousin but present
Size: Up to 60cm
Season: All year round onwards
Staple food: Worms, small fish, crustaceans
Angling tactics: Caught by accident from boats usually when bottom fishing
Shore 1lb 9oz
Boat record 2lb 2oz
Average Size: 1lb
Caught on: Boats and occasionally deep water shore marks.