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Dab

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So, what is the Dab (aka in Cork Harbour I've caught a flatfish with orange spots)? The Dad is a flatfish, the second smallest in Ireland (makes me wish I'd weighed some big ones).

Sea Angling Ireland - Boat & Shore Tactics, Irish Record and Specimen sizes http://www.sea-angling-ireland.org/flat ... %20dab.htm
More information on the status, distribution, rigs and techniques. http://britishseafishing.co.uk/dab/
The scientific bit from Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_dab

So what's the difference between a dab and other flatfish? 2 simple things:
1) The curve in the lateral line. Look at the photo, there is a pronounced curve in the lateral line behind the head.
2) Rub your finger from head to tail and the skin feels smooth, from tail to head ans the skin feels rough.
Note the lateral line
Note the lateral line
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Qualify for 1 & 2 and no matter how many orange spots, it's a Dab.
Safety:
Gloves, boots, hat, Drysuit
Solas Tape, 100L flotation in hull
Paddle leashed, spare, tow rope
PFD, knife, whistle, VHF, PLB, phone
First Aid Kit, GPS, compass
Water, Food, Check Forecast Tide.
Text wife when launching/landing
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