Fish: Swordfish / Xiphias gladius /
Description The swordfish are large predatory fish and characterized by a long, flat, pointed bill. The Mediterranean swordfish are a popular and big to fish in the Barcelone sea. The swordfish are elongated, round-bodied, and lose all teeth and scales by adulthood. That especie is highly migratory. Its body is elongated, round-section and very robust. When the sea is calm, it usually swims near the surface showing its dorsal fin. His great eye delates that it is of nocturnal customs. You can drill down to 550m. The swordfish can typically be found from near the surface to a depth of 550 m. It’s a beautiful sight to see a swordfish leap from the water. The swordfish is one of the fastest fish in the ocean. The swordfish is capable of swimming at a speed of up to 60 miles per hour.
Size: They commonly reach around 3 m in length, and 650 kg in weight.
Diet: sardines, mackerel, bonitos, bonito..but it prefers the squid.
When Do you catch it in Barcelona: Usually n the spring and also on Autumn.
Fishing Technique: Although the fishing techniques for this species are nocturnal, in Barcelona we have fished it during the day with trolling with dead fish.
As food: Swordfish is popular fish for cooking. Since swordfish are large, meat is usually sold as steaks, which are often grilled.