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  • Swordfish

    Posted on August 6, 2012 by in Saltwater Fish
    Swordfish

    Swordfish

    Swordfish: Xiphias gladius

    Appearance:

    A rather unique billfish, with a flattened bill formed from an elongated upper jaw. It has a single high dorsal fin and one keel on each side in front of the tail fin.

    Habitat:

    Deep sea fish found from the surface down below 2,000 feet. They are heavily overfished internationally.

    Behavior:

    Swordfish over 200 pounds are generally females and tend to migrate to the surface at night, when most drift fishing occurs.

    State Record:

    612 lb 12 oz, caught near Key Largo

    Fishing Tips and Facts:

    Fishing at night for swordfish often involves the use of chemical or other lights and heavy 8/0 to 11/0 hooks drifted with balloons to help detect the strike.

    Additional Information:

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