Game Fish Identification Reference Guides

Seabream, gilthead
(Sparus aurata)
(Linnaeus, 1758); SPARIDAE FAMILY
Gilthead seabream are members of the porgy family; this family includes other popular species such as madai (Pagrus major) and squirefish (Pagrus auratus). They are found in the Mediterranean and Eastern Atlantic, from the British Isles down to the Cape Verde and Canary Islands. The species thrive in a variety of habitats, including seagrass beds, surf zones, and reefs in depths of up to 150 m. In spring, they often inhabit brackish water coastal lagoons and estuaries. They are equipped with a set of heavy molars, allowing them to feed on thick-shelled mollusks and crustaceans.
Gilthead seabream are valued for their tasty flesh, and can prove to be a difficult opponent for those who fish for them around rocks and other structure. They are utilized fresh and prepared in a variety of ways, including steamed, pan-fried, baked, and even microwaved

Current All Tackle Record

16 lbs 3oz ( 7.36 kg)

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