Hawaiian Spearfish are commonly known as Hebi in Hawaii. Its dorsal fin is shorter than that of other Billfish species, and its bill is very short in comparison. Hebi caught in Hawaiian waters are usually between 20 and 40 pounds in weight.
Hebi has white to pink colored flesh that is somewhat softer than that of Nairagi or Kajiki. Its flavor is mild (although more pronounced than Ahi). It is one of several species of Billfish, which are suitable for grilled or broiled "catch of the day" menu items in restaurants.
All Hebi are line-caught. Longline boats that set hooks in deep water harvest most of the spearfish catch in Hawaii. However, Spearfish are also caught by trollers using lures and baits.
The texture of Hebi is softer than Nairagi and Kajiki with a mild flavor. Hebi is often grilled in restaurants, but other methods such as being broiled, sauteed or served raw is also common.
Hawaii Spearfish is an excellent source of healthy, extra lean protein. It is also low in saturated fat and low in sodium. It is rich in niacin, vitamin B12, phosphorus and selenium. Hebi is also good source of vitamin B6 and iodine.