Description and Diagnostic Characteristics: Have rounded bodies and long flattened snouts. Brownish-black on the back and upper sides, fading to a pale brown on the lower sides and belly. Identifying characteristics are the lack of pelvic fins and gill rakers, and the presence of a single lateral keel located on each side of the caudal peduncle. Marlins, spearfish and sailfish have two keels.
Size: Average around 50 pounds
Age at Maturity: 5-6 years
Range: Nova Scotia to South Florida
Habitat: Deep sea
Bait and Tackle: Large fish are rare but it is recommended to fish with at least 50-pound test on good ocean gear. Live squid is the best bait but live fish will also work. Most strikes occur around 100 feet.
Fishing Method: Drifting
Food Value: Excellent
Daily Limit: Federal Regulations Apply