Roundscale Spearfish

Found in both the eastern and western parts of the Atlantic Ocean, roundscale spearfish are a protected species of fish. They can be caught by saltwater trolling or drift fishing. Because of their protected status, anglers should check to see if a permit is required before heading out to catch these fish.

Roundscale Spearfish

Region: Northeast
Habitat: Ocean

How to identify Roundscale Spearfish

Roundscale spearfish look similar to white marlins. In fact, they were once thought to be the same species. To tell the difference between the two fish, anglers should look at their vent positioning, scale shape, and the length of the long curved bones on the throat area. The scale shape in white marlins is unremarkable, whereas scales in roundscales are round and curved at the base. White marlins have markings on their dorsal fin, whereas these marking are absent on roundscales.

Where to catch Roundscale Spearfish

As members of the marlin family, roundscale spearfish are natives of the east Atlantic. The eastern and western Atlantic is where these fish can be found. The inhabit the upper water column and typically feed near the surface.

Range: Northeast
Roundscale Spearfish Fishing Map

The following are habitats where you can catch Roundscale Spearfish:

How to catch Roundscale Spearfish

Roundscale spearfish are a protected species. Depending on the location, a permit may be required to catch the them and they may need to be released once they are caught. Anglers should check the local rules before heading out. When fishing for roundscale spearfish, anglers most often use natural bait or rubber skirted lures while trolling. Drift fishing is another method that can prove to be effective. These fish stick mostly to the deeper offshore waters, but they are considered a near surface fish.

The following are effective fishing methods and techniques for catching Roundscale Spearfish:

Best Lures, Bait & Tackle to catch Roundscale Spearfish

The roundscale spearfish can be caught with both baits and lures. If using dead bait, anglers should try to keep it moving so it looks as though it is alive. To catch Roundscale spearfish most anglers will troll rubber skirted lures or natural baits. Natural baits for targeting Roundscale Spearfish include squid, mullet, tuna, sardines, and other small to medium-size fish.

The following are fishing lures, bait and tackle that can be used to catch Roundscale Spearfish: