I’ve assumed anything I can learn about fish serves me in good stead, and anything known on their feeding habits or behavior will assist me in seducing them to take my fly.
I’ll confess that I’ve wondered just what the “bill” of a billfish is used for – given I‘ve never seen some dolphin or unwary scuba diver skewered prominently on their beak.
Scientists suggest that the bill of a billfish is actually used as a sword, by first inserting the bill into a cluster of tightly packed baitfish, then slashing through the school to wound and disable.
The above Youtube video shows the action of insertion and then the subsequent slash, and the trailing bits of scale and baitfish that result.
At least I’ll know what to expect when I deploy my “Alabama Rig” in blue water.