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Longbill Spearfish (Tetrapturus pfluegeri)

The Longbill Spearfish or Tetrapturus pfluegeri is a long slender fish with a pointed bill coming out of its head, much like that of the Swordfish, Marlin, and the fastest fish in the world, the Sailfish. Longbill Spearfish have a dark blue & silver body. This type of saltwater fish has two dorsal fins, the first being extremely long.  These fish can be differentiated from a Marlin by their first dorsal fin, which is much higher throughout its length then that of a Marlin.  They also have a longer bill as compared to their body size.

The Longbill Spearfish is smaller than most Billfish only growing to about 70lbs (32kg). These fish are often caught in offshore waters near the surface. If you are fishing for Longbill Spearfish you should take into consideration the fact that they often feed on squid and other small fish that hang out near the surface.  They are often caught in the Northwestern Atlantic Ocean as well as the Gulf of Mexico.  Also known as the Atlantic Spearfish and the Long Nose Spearfish, these fish reach sexual maturity at about 2 years of age and only live to about 4 or 5 years old.  You can experience what it would be like to catch a Longbill Spearfish in the video below.


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