Distribution & Size
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.
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
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
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
State Limits &
Rec. Bag Limit
per angler per day.
Included in the billfish aggregate bag.
landed must be reported to NOAA within 24hrs on 800-894-5528
HMS Permit required in Federal Waters
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