Common Two-Banded Seabream - Diplodus Vulgaris
Latin: Diplodus Vulgaris
English: Common Two-Banded Seabream
German: Die Zweibindenbrasse
French: Le Sar à Tête Noire
Italian: Sarago Fasciato
Spanish: La Mojarra
Croatian: Fratar, Crnorep, Crnoguz
About: Common Two-Banded Seabream is fish from Sparidae family. Body is oval, sides flattened, silverish in color with two black vertical stripes - bands - one just after the head, second right in front of the tail.
From head to tail there are numerous golden horizontal lines. Maximum length is around 45 cm (17.7 inches) and weight around 1.3 kg (2.8 pounds). Average specimen is much smaller - around 80g (little less than 3 ounces).
Spawning occurs during autumn. It can be found solitary or in small schools, often mixed with other small fish around large rocks and small reefs.
Habitat: It can be found in Eastern Atlantic and in the Mediterranean and Black Sea. It is found from shallows up to 160m depths, but it is much more common between 2 and 50m.
Diplodus Vulgaris prefers rocky and sandy bottoms covered with Posedonia and similar vegetation, where it can find protection from predators and it's food - crustaceans, worms, small fish and mollusks.
Fishing period: All year long, better during warmer months.
Fishing rigs and tackle: Handline and rods and reels from seashore and from boat are most common ways of fishing Diplodus Vulgaris. It is also often hooked on light longline.
Best baits are worms, prawns, mussels, chunks of fish, paste etc.
Also, it can often be found in nets and in fish traps. Larger specimens are nice game fish for recreational divers - not too hard fish to catch, but nice to show off :o)
Cuisine: Flesh is white, soft, tender - unfortunately, larger specimens are not so common. Smaller specimens are pan fried, used for soups and fish stews, while larger specimens are barbequed, pan grilled, baked, cooked in mixed fish stew etc. Delicacy when prepared properly :)