(Psetta maxima)

Size:  Maximum size: 100 cm, Weight up to 25 kg but seldom more than 10 kg. The biggest are females.


Biology: The turbot is found on shallow waters and down to 80 meters depth. Its not easy to spot as it covers itselves with sand and mud. The pattern and colors on the upper side is also a good camouflage. As with other flounders you will find the biggest specimens on deep waters though big fish may seek shallow waters while spawning. The turbot is an active predator feeding mostly on fish. In the North Sea the turbot is a common fish on the banks. The turbot is easy to recognize by the bony turbercles in the skin on the eye-side. That has given it the Norwegian name "piggvar" (pigg = spike + var = word for flounder).


Fishery: The turbot is a popular specie both for fishermen and anglers. The meat is highly prized for its delicate flavor, and is a valuable commercial species. It also gives anglers a good fight as this fish grows bigger than most other species of flounder. In some areas the turbot is a rare fish and some anglers get a lot of halibut before they manage to catch their first turbot.  


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Distribution (blue) and spawing grounds (red).


Above: 2 kg. Below (1,8 kg) caught on sand bottom (18 m. depth) using mackerel as bait. You can see the bony turbercles on the skin.

Nice seized turbot (5 - 6 kg) caught just outside Karmy (south of Haugesund). Depth: 24 meters.


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