The dab is brown on its topside and white underneath.
The top of the dab is rough to touch when running your finger towards the head and smooth in the opposite direction. The lateral line has a strong curve from the head around the pectoral fin.
Dabs are found mainly in shallow sandy areas, however can often be located over broken ground. They eat a variety of things including small crabs and fish.
Dabs can be caught regular around the waters from Holyhead. Best methods are simply scratch rigs where the hooks are presented hard on the sea bed. Hooks around around size 2 in a fine wire pattern are best used. Dabs will go for a variety of baits, including mackerel, ragworm and black lug.