Spearfish is commonly known as hebi in Hawaii. Its dorsal fin is shorter than that of other billfish species, and its bill is very short. Spearfish are fished year-round, but the peak in landings occurs during the summer and fall. Most of the spearfish are caught by longline, however spearfish may strike at surface lures and few are landed by troll boats.
Spearfish has pink-colored flesh that is somewhat softer than marlin. Its flavor is mild although more pronounced than ahi.