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RESEARCH

Photo by Adrian Gray By Martin C. Arostegui IGFA Representative HE rarest of the world’s billfishes are the spearfishes; they are notoriously difficult to find and are often a surprise but highly prized catch in the recreational fishing community. Spearfishes are so infrequently captured and understudied that just a few years back scientists were still questioning the identity of “hatchet marlin”, a

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species of spearfish originally described in the 1800s. Currently, there are four valid spearfish species — Mediterranean, roundscale, longbill, and shortbill. The first three occur in the Atlantic Ocean and associated seas, whereas the shortbill is the only spearfish in the Indo-Pacific. (See the article in the July 2016 issue of SKI-BOAT detailing Jonathan Booysen’s extremely rare catch of a longbill spearfish off KZN.) One of the main ways in which we study pelagic billfish is

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For over 35 years Ski-Boat magazine has been South Africa's number one deep sea fishing magazine. The May 2019 issue includes stories on th...

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