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Fishing for Roosterfish

Spinning, Fly fishing, Game fishing, Salt water fishing, Spearfishing

If you are tired of fishing for trout and have converted to saltwater fishing, then saltwater fishing for common species such as the mackerel or mahi mahi has become too typical, too routine, it's time to fish for roosterfish.

Sighting roosterfish in shallow water can get any angler jumping for joy if the pressures of sight fishing and accurate casting doesn’t send them to the tiki bar too early.

Seeing its unique, flashy body up close, beaming with seven elongated, rugged dorsal fins sticking straight up- like a rooster's erratic comb (hairstyle), is well worth the eye strain. It's fast fight, explosive power and heavy body, combined with its' fantastic beauty keep the rooster fish high on the trophy saltwater gamefish list. Not to mention the sights surrounding prime roosterfish fishing; tropical beaches, days of sunshine and mellow, undramatic estuaries combine to make a perfect roosterfish trip getaway.

Roosterfish are a favourite gamefish among fly fishing anglers but can also be caught on spinning tackle with livebait or trolling lures.

By boat or on foot, this favourite gamefish should not be missed!

Basic Info

Scientific name: Nematistius pectoralis

Size: can reach over 1.6 m

Weight: average 9.1 kg

Lifespan: 35 years

Methods: Spinning, Fly fishing, Game fishing, Salt water fishing, Spearfishing

Continent(s): Tropical eastern Pacific