Today we’ll be taking a closer look at one of the most recognizable sea dwellers: the swordfish. Also known as broadbills in some parts of the world, they are known for their size and their long, flat bill which resembles a sword. Among billfish, the swordfish is one of the most popular when it comes to sport fishing.
The swordfish is typically found in the warmer areas of Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, hanging out close to the surface. The fish can reach nearly ten feet in length, though there have been cases of fishermen catching swordfish as long as fifteen feet. Interestingly, when the fish reaches adulthood it will lose all of its teeth and scales. By this time, the swordfish can roam the ocean knowing it has few natural predators with the exception of killer whales, tunas, and sharks.
Despite their bills being referred to as swords and giving off the appearance of a sharp spear, the swordfish doesn’t actually use it to spear. Instead, the fish will use it to slash at prey, causing injury and therefore making it easier to catch. Even with its sharp bill, the swordfish relies more upon its incredible speed and agility when it comes to hunting and will reserve the use of the bill for larger prey.
Ready to take on the swordfish? Call Captain Dennis Forgione of Freespool Sport Fishing Miami at 305-582-5445 to get started with booking your fishing Miami trip. Our specialties include kite fishing, live bait fishing, and anchor fishing.