Game Fish Identification Reference Guides

(Nematistius pectoralis)
Occurs in the eastern Pacific Ocean from the Gulf of California to Peru. most commonly off Ecuador. An in shore species, it is found in the surf, over sandy bottoms, and in moderate depths. the maximum movement being about 300 miles (483 km).
The distinctive dorsal fins of the roosterfish normally remain retracted in a deep groove along the fish's back, but when the fish is excited the fins rise. There are two dark blue or black, curved bands on the flanks. One begins from the front and the other from the back of the first dorsal fin. Both run diagonally down the flanks towards the front of the anal fin then curve smoothly and run along the flanks to the tail base. The dorsal spines are banded with alternate dark and light stripes and the lower base of the pectoral fins is black.
It is a predator of small fishes. When hooked or in pursuit of prey it will raise its dorsal fin like a flag and leap repeatedly, greyhounding over the surface. Fishing methods are trolling or casting baits and lures, or live bait fishing from a boat or shore.
The roosterfish has strong local commercial value. The flesh is tasty and of good quality

Current All Tackle Record

114 lbs 0oz ( 51.71 kg)

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