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Spurdog (Squalus acanthias)

The Spurdog's upper body is dark grey, usually with white spots, the underside is white, there are spines in front of both dorsal fins.

Spurdog are live bearing with between 1-20 pups which are 20-30cm at birth. Females mature at 70-100cm. Males mature at 55-60cm.

Spurdogs are a fish eater (Sprats, Garfish, Sand Eels, Flatfish and Cod species) although known to take crustaceans and cephalopods (Squid).

Welsh Spurdog RecordWelsh Record is 17lb 15oz caught of Conwy in July 1980 by C Clayton
British Spurdog RecordUK Record is 21lb 3oz P Barrett off Porthleven, Cornwall 1977
Spurdog Fishing SeasonFebruary to May

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