The John Dory fish is a benthic (bottomfish) predator resident to the coastal waters off Africa, Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. The unusual-looking fish has a dark spot behind the gill plate that is thought to confuse its prey and scare off potential predators. Legend has it that the dark spot is the thumbprint of St. Peter, which is why the fish is also┬ácalled the St. Pierre or St. Peter’s Fish. The fish is highly prized on the plate, a favorite of high-end chefs for its mild white flesh.

Recently, New Zealand angler Brett Arnold caught a large John Dory. Eat it or certify as a possible IGFA record? Find out what Brett did.

johndory_arnold_NZLanding a New Zealand record John Dory was so surprising it knocked the lucky fisherman’s friend off his perch.

Inglewood man Brett Arnold said he caught the big one – weighing in at 4kg – while fishing with mates about 25km off the coast of Patea on Sunday.

“We caught about 50 or 60 sharks and then I pulled that out of the water and said ‘holy hell’.”

“It was shark after shark after shark until then.

“The boys were surprised all right, one fell off his seat and ended up on the deck he was so excited.”

Arnold said he caught the fish using 10kg line and squid for bait.

“Even that was a surprise because they usually go for live ones.”

Photos: Samantha Muir, BBC (top); One News (above)