Ribbonfish (Trichiurus lepturus)
AKA: Atlantic Cutlassfish, Silver eel, Silverfish
Prominent features: Ribbonfish have a body like an eel with a head similar to that of a mackerel. The eel has long sharp teeth and a silver ribbon-like body with a dorsal fin that runs the entire length of the fish. The graded market size average anywhere from 15 inches to 30 inches.
Use: The ribbonfish is one of the few “dead” baits that can be
slow trolled simultaneously along with live baits. This
technique targets the “smoker kingfish” and is favored
among tournament fisherman.
Packaging: Production and packaging vary. Generally, sizes are graded in small increments (i.e.: 15” to 18”, 28” to 30”, etc.)
Availability: Fish are produced world wide, but the quantity produced varies from year to year. Premium quality eels are hand caught, brined or trawl caught. Quality baits have bright yellow eyes and minimal scarring on sides.
Standard ribbonfish are generally net caught and marred.
Available in premium grade which are hook and line caught or standard grade, net caught.