Roosterfish are saltwater game fish exclusively inhabiting the warm waters of the East Pacific Ocean; they are distinguished and named because of their unique, recognizable ‘Rooster Comb’ shaped dorsal fin. They are usually found close to shore, often within a kilometre, along sandy beaches, rocky outcropping areas and near estuaries; they’re very active in warm, shallow water.
Adult Roosters are genuine apex predators. They can swim at incredible speeds and use their large dorsal fin to manoeuvre their body, darting and diving, chasing prey, usually, Sardina shoaled up in shallow water. They don’t tail baitfish; they announce their presence with authority, crushing everything in their path. Roosterfish can reach over 1.6m in length and over 100lb in weight, and the IGFA record is a behemoth of 114lb; however, they average around 20lb.
Over recent years the popularity of catching Roosterfish has risen and risen fast; they beautiful to look at, can be landed on all manner of bait, lures and flies, and when hooked, they don’t fight but brawl. Using every inch of their muscular frame, they raise their sizeable dorsal fin like a flag out of the water and battle hard, often leaping clear of the water, repeatedly trying to shed the anglers hook. These Pacific Ocean torpedoes are classed as prized sport fish, and for good reason.
Below are the top destinations in the world for Roosterfish Fishing.
Bluewater Fishing Panama offers travelling anglers the chance to enjoy a fantastic week of mixed fishing for an array of hard-fighting species. Fishing the rich waters of the Gulf of Chiriquí, an area responsible for over 50 IGFA World Records, you'll wet a line in some of the most famous fishing marks on the planet.
The Zancudo Lodge, where over 70 IGFA records have been set, is world-renowned for its lure and fly fishing inshore and offshore and its finest service. You will receive access to all the required fishing tackle from ultra-light to heavy fly fishing tackle with all poppers, lures, jigs and small flies will also be included.
Often referred to as the Billfish capital of the world, Guatemala is famed for its insane averages and yearly release numbers of Sailfish and other hard fighting pelagics. Although many anglers travel to this beautiful region for big game fishing, it’s become increasingly popular amongst the saltwater fly fishing community.
El Bahia de Los Suenos, also commonly referred to as the ‘Bay of Dreams’, offers travelling rods mile upon mile of open and accessible coastline, as well as some of the richest offshore waters found anywhere in the world. Here, the Roosterfish is king, and the area is probably the number one destination for both numbers and the large average size of fish.
Every sport fisherman has heard of stories of how world-class the fishery is in Panama and it's no wondering when Panama is the home to so many IGFA records of all manner of species and our lodge is right in the thick of it. The Gulf of Chiriquí is a real treasure of Panama and with the likes of world-renowned areas such as Hannibal Bank and Isla Montuosa being the fishing grounds
The world-class resort in Costa Rica called Crocodile Bay has won so many awards on Trip Adviser that we class it as a must go for any big game angler. It is also the perfect destination to take your non-angling family, as the eco tours onsite are unbelievable and if you were to stay there for a whole month, you would never get through them.
This is a very exclusive trip based on only a few anglers plus a Sportquest Host. The holiday is ideal if you are looking at travelling on your own and would like to fish with like-minded anglers. If you have wanted to go big game fishing but struggled to find other friends to travel with then now is the perfect time to join us.
Palma de Cortez resort in Mexico is the ideal big game fishing destination. Not only is the resort located next to all the prime fishing grounds but all tackle is included too. On top of this, we now offer light tackle packages on all Panga boats for bait fishing which include all hooks, weights and leaders free for you to use.
Our fully hosted holidays to Mexico have been running for many years and this is due to how incredible both offshore and inshore fishing is, for a huge variety of different species. Each year we help many anglers catch their target species and 9 times out of 10 these anglers will book year after year. Fully packaged for your convenience.
Guatemala is the most prolific and talked about Sailfish destination in the world. Home to so many world records it really is classed as the number one place in the world. With regular 50 shot days in peak season and 15 – 25 shots on a regular day you will soon find your self realising that this part of the world is a must visit Sailfish destination.
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"I'm not going to lie after my husband suggested we go on a 'fishing holiday' I was a little dubious, but after seeing the resort online he soon twisted my arm and I'm so glad he did! The resort was better than I ever imagined and while my husband was out fishing I was made to feel incredibly welcome by the staff who couldn't do enough for me. I know my husband loved the fishing as he hasn't stopped talking about it since we've been home!"
"Just returned from fishing trip to Crocodile Bay and was treated to one of most desirable trips I have ever been on. Rooms were 5 star with flat screen on satellite, stocked fridge, phone, microwave,large walking showers and more. Service was beyond compare.Food served by excellent chef such as turkey & dressing, lobsters, ham, tuna fantastic, shrimp cocktails more. Boats and crew were excellent. Caught 200# tunas, 70# rooster fish, snappers, wahoo, jacks doradas and others. My wife Ann and grand son Cross and I will never forget this trip, and will return. Excellent swimming pool and bar."
"Top class fishing resort, friendly, luxurious, great food. Fishing was a little tough inshore but by the end of the week the offshore fishing was excellent with 12 Sailfish caught and released and many more raised to the teasers. All equipment was first class and the crew were friendly, knowledgeable and spoke decent English. On top of this was the stunning scenery and wildlife, even just around the resort. Highly recommended!"