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Longbill Spearfish

Illustrator
Duane Raver, Jr.
Season
CLOSED - no harvest permitted

Longbill spearfish must be immediately released without removing the fish from the water.
Size Limit
CLOSED - no harvest permitted

Longbill spearfish must be immediately released.
Daily Limit / Person
CLOSED - no harvest permitted

Longbill spearfish must be immediately released.
Delaware Range
Atlantic Ocean
Abundance in Delaware Waters
Rare - this species is more common south of Delaware.
General Habitat and Food Preferences
An oceanic species, the Longbill Spearfish is primarily a near surface water fish.

They feed primarily on sardines, squids, flying fish, and other medium-sized fishes.
General Description
Longbill Spearfish can be distinguished from other billfish by a slender, lightweight body, short bill, and a dorsal fin that is higher than in marlin and lower than in the sailfish.

They are dark blue on top shading to silvery with a white belly.
Did You Know?
There is very little scientific information available on Longbill Spearfish. It is widely believed that they do not live much more than 5 years.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Like all prohibited species, if caught by accident, Longbill Spearfish must be immediately released to ensure the maximum probability of survival.
Typical Sizes Caught
In general, Longbill Spearfish average 50 to 70 inches and 20 to 40 pounds.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Longbill Spearfish are not currently eligible for a Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament or Live Release award.
Delaware State Record
Longbill Spearfish are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.