Shortbill Spearfish

By xfernal on 2/23/2018 10:06:11 PM • Rank (122) • Views 122
Scientific Name: Tetrapturus angustirostris
Ideal Temp: 68-78°F (20-26°C)
Environment: Offshore
Technique: Trolling
Lure Type: Plugs, Trolling
World Record: 50 kg (110 lb 3 oz) Botany Bay, Sydney, Australia 03-May-2008
The shortbill spearfish is a species of marlin native to the Indian and Pacific Oceans, with occasional records from the Atlantic Ocean. This species occurs in open waters not far from the surface. This species can reach a length of 230 cm (91 in), though most do not exceed 190 cm (75 in). The maximum recorded weight for this species is 52 kg (115 lb). 


Shortbill spearfish are commonly known as Hebi in Hawaii. Its dorsal fin is shorter than that of other billfish species, and its bill is very short in comparison. Hebi caught in Hawaiian waters are usually between 20 and 40 pounds in weight.


Spawning is believed to occur mainly during the winter months, especially in warm offshore currents with surface temperature of about 25°C.

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