Xiphias gladius
Broadbill Swordfish

Life History

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

Angling Information

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

State Regulation

Daily Limit: Federal Regulations Apply

Federal Regulation

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