SHORTBILL SPEARFISH

(Te­trap­turus an­gu­stirostris)

Sport Fishing - - FISH FACTS -

One of the small­est of bill­fishes, and cer­tainly sport­ing the short­est of bills (per its name), this spearfish — one of sev­eral species — is na­tive to the Pa­cific and Indian oceans. While the all-tackle world record of 110 pounds, 3 ounces was taken near Syd­ney in 2008, short­bills are gen­er­ally far smaller. De­spite their diminu­tive size, their ag­gres­sive be­hav­ior means many are caught on trolled lures in­tended for much larger fish. The wa­ters of Hawaii and New Zealand are best bets for an­glers try­ing for this rarest species in a bill­fish slam.

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