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An interesting species of flatfish is the topknot. A small, left-sided flatfish that is almost completely round in shape. Mottled brown and white colour with light wide fins all the way round and has a very small tailThey are rarely caught by anglers,except sometimes caught in light rock fishing competitions or when match anglers are scratching around for species as they are quite small and live in or around rocky areas where they can cling to the rocks using suction of their underside.
They eat small fish, peeler crabs and shellfish. They breed in deeper water in the channel from February to May.
Latin Name: Zeugopterus punctatus
Distribution: All around the UK and Ireland in rocky, heavy ground
Size: Up to 25cm
Season: All year round
Staple food: Crustaceans, marine worms, shellfish and very small fish
Usually caught by accident when Light Rock Fishing or over rocky ground
Bait Worms, fish strip and peeler crab
Shore 12oz 7dr
Boat record Unknown
Average Size: 2lb
Caught on: rocky coastal ground and from boats.