TARGETING JOHN DORY

These highly prized table fish are very common in Godzone and if you spend the time to actively target John dory, you will be surprised how many you can catch in a day.

The John dory is an odd-looking fish, quite thin but when seen from side-on, appears to be large. This thinness, allows it to sneak up on its prey to get very close. Its large eyes at the front of the head provide it with bifocal vision and depth perception, a key trait for predators.

With its distinctive dark blue spot on the side of its body that helps to confuse prey, which are sucked up in its large mouth which extends out.  The John dory is a master of stealth and surprise.

John dory are predators which favour the weed lines and kelp beds in deeper water, usually from around 10-15m of water although they have been caught over 100m. They eat a variety of small fish such as sardines, baitfish, small squid and cuttlefish. Therefore, the best approach is to use small live baits to catch them, although they will take softbaits if you are lucky to drag a bait right past them.

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