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Brill fishing



The brill belongs to the turbot family (Scophthalmidae) and resembles the turbot. It is not quite as round, though, and is both smaller and thinner. Unlike the turbot the brill has no rough bumps on its skin and has scales on the side where its eyes are. The foremost spines of the dorsal fin are connected by an incomplete membrane, creating an unusual appearance. Atlantic Brill may very occasionally grow to a length of 30 inches/75 cm. Like many flatfish, the brill survives by being a master of disguise, changing its colour to match its surroundings, disappearing before your eyes with a flick of its tail, kicking up a cloud of sand or mud.

The young Brill feed on plankton before graduating to a diet of small crustaceans and fish living on the seabed. They will also take polycheate worms.


Brill are widespread along the south coast and are best targetted in over areas of clean sand or mud in fairly shallow water. Large brill generally prefer deeper water of at least 10 metres.


Thin fillet of mackerel or a large sandeel fished hard on the bottom give you a fighting chance of contacting a brill.

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