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 LONGBILL SPEARFISH
(Tetrapturus pfluegeri)


 Distribution & Size

The Longbill Spearfish (Tetrapturus pfluegeri) is found in deep waters off the Florida coast, plus the Bahamas and Caribbean. Catches of the fish are however rare and all fish caught should be released. The fish usually run between 20 to 40lbs and may reach as much as 75lbs or more. They are pelagic and feed at or near the surface, mainly on fishes and squid.
The World Record is 94lbs 12ozs and the Florida Record is 61lbs 8ozs which was caught near Islamorada.

General Information

The dorsal fin is quite distinctive compared to the Sailfish and not nearly as or high. The fishes color is not dissimilar to that of a Sailfish also, with the upper body part being navy blue and the sides and underbody being silvery. Available data suggests that the fish matures by 2 years of age and rarely lives past 4 to 5 years. The fish are pelagic and feed at or near the surface, eating mainly small fish & squid.

 Tackle & Bait

Spearfish cannot be targeted and any catches are by chance. If caught it is usual that the angler was trying to catch either Marlin, Tuna or Sailfish. They fight extremely well with long runs. Great on light tackle.

 ELECTRIC BLUE OPERATES a POLICY of CATCH & RELEASE ON ALL BILLFISH

 Eating Qualities

Believed to be good eating from reports. However should be released. Our picture shows Capt. Tony Allen with  a Spearfish captured in Mauritius, Indian Ocean where the species are plentiful. If you want to catch this specie, try the island of Madeira where the World Record fish has just been captured. My colleague there says these fish are plentiful there.

 State Limits & Regulations

Size Limit* 

Closed Season 

Daily Rec. Bag Limit 

Remarks

66"

None

1 per angler per day.
Included in the billfish aggregate bag.

All fish landed must be reported to NOAA within 24hrs on 800-894-5528
HMS Permit required in Federal Waters


 
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