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The reds and flatfish are already in the spillways and diversion, Carter said, but the trout don’t typically show up until early October.
Chef Dang uses whole fluke, an easy-to-manage flatfish that abounds with sweet-flavored, pure-white flesh that contrasts wonderfully with the crackly fried exterior.
In Homer, Tennessee angler Dominique Brooks grabbed the top spot in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby with her 229-pound flatfish.
An additional bone, found only in flatfish, develops right under the migrating eye, giving them that goofy asymmetrical look.
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There are about 600 species of flatfish, which have oval, flattened, bony bodies and are found from tropical to cold waters. Flounder and turbot are two examples. Most flatfish species live at moderate depths along the continental shelf, but some enter or live permanently in freshwater. Flatfishes are carnivorous bottom-dwellers that habitually rest on one side. Both eyes are on one side of the head. The side of the fish with eyes (uppermost as it lies on the bottom) is pigmented, but the lower side is normally white. Some flatfish change color to blend with their surroundings. Species vary from 4 in (10 cm) to 7 ft (2 m) long, and some (for example, the Atlantic halibut) may weigh as much as 720 lb (325 kg).
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FLATFISH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of flatfish for English Language Learners
: a fish (such as a halibut, flounder, or sole) that has a flat body and swims on its side with both eyes on the upper side
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