Rare catch could be largest ever UK specimen

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The crew of a Devon trawler have landed what could be the UK's largest ever Meagre, Argyrosomus regius.

The rare fish caught off Portland Bill, Dorset is said to be only the third one of it's kind landed since 1998, and at around two metres in length and 25kg weight it easily dwarfs the last two recorded UK specimens.

The fish caused considerable interest when it went to market in Brixham, eventually selling for £150.  

More commonly found in the Mediterranean and Eastern Atlantic the fish is also known as 'Drumfish' because of it's ability to generate a croaking sound using it's swimbladder.

It initially resembles the UK native Bass, Dicentrarchus labrax, but is a considerably bigger when adult with larger scales and a distinctive salmon coloured mouth.

It is a predator, feeding on mullet, herring and similar species and is itself a sought-after food fish.