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Fish of the Week - Longbill Spearfish  Longbill Spearfish

Tetrapturus pfluegeri

Features:

  • Color of body dark blue, shading to silvery, white underneath.
  • Dorsal fin bluish, others brown-black.
  • Two dorsal fins, the first lengthy, its front forming a peak.
  • Two anal fins, the anus well in front of the first.
  • Upper jaw prolonged into spear, its cross section round.

Similar Fish: White Marlin, T. albidus.

Size: To 90 pounds (7 feet). 

Habitat: Offshore in deep water.

Notes: Uncommon; available data indicate that the spearfish matures at 2 years of age, and rarely lives past 4 to 5 years. They are pelagic, and feed at or near the surface, mainly on fishes and squid. Named for Al Pflueger, Sr., founder of Pflueger Taxidermy.

Art by Diane Rome Peebles

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Gone Coastal: A column on marine fisheries

 

Recreational

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Recreational Regulations
Hot Topics/Latest News
 

Commercial

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Commercial Regulations Guide Adobe PDF
Trap Retrieval/Debris Removal
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