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This species is not well-known to larger public. However, it is easy to distinguish by its long beak-shaped jaws.
During the winter, Baltic Sea is void of garpikes. This species starts to migrate into the Baltic Sea through the Danish Sounds chiefly in spring. At the south coast of Sweden the species can be found in April–May, and it arrives to its spawning grounds in the northern Baltic Sea in May–June. Then it can be fished in tens of tons.
After spawning garfish probably feeds in the open Baltic and the main aggregations leave the Baltic Sea again at the end of August and in the first half of September.
It seems that the main wintering areas of garpike are located west of the British Isles. However, all this is just basic knowledge and many details of this long travel still need clarification.
Garpike (Belone belone)
Garpikes (Photo: Nerijus Nika)
Garpike fishing (Photo: Nerijus Nika)