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Roosterfish Fishing Holidays

Roosterfish have fast become a true saltwater sport fisherman’s dream catch. Normally targeted close to the shorelines around Mexico and Costa Rica using spinners, live bait and even the fly. The Roosterfish have a distinctive dorsal fin that cuts its way through the surface layers as it hunts down its prey and pushes them to the shoreline With such force it is common that they beach themselves. The Roosterfish fights deep and hard and when targeted on the right tackle, can provide great fights.

Panama Sport Fishing Lodge | Panama

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.. Read more

  Category: Big Game Fishing, Fishing Holidays, Popper & Jig Fishing
   Season: All Year

Crocodile Bay Resort | Hosted Big Game Fishing | Costa Rica

This is a very exclusive trip based on only a few anglers plus our very own host, Paul Stevens. Paul has been big game fishing all over the world from Africa to Mauritius and has a few billfish under his belt. 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... Read more

  Category: Big Game Fishing, Family Fishing, Hosted Fishing, Hosted Hosted Popper, Jig & Big Game Fishing Holidays
   Season: November to April
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Additional Information

Species: Rooster Fish

Also known as: Pez Gallo (pronounced  Guy-yo)

Latin Name: Nematistius Pectoralis

Description: The Roosterfish is one of the most unique looking fish in the ocean.  It’s distinctive feathery dorsal fins give it away as it slashes through the water hunting down baitfish.  It generally feeds not far from shore, sometimes almost beaching itself as it chases baitfish in the surf.  Some big ones are occasionally landed from shore.

Average Size: The size of the Roosterfish varies greatly but none the less, each Roosterfish you successfully land will be special. The range of weight can be from 5lb all the way up to over 100lb but an average weight would be 25lb.

Where to catch: Roosterfish are generally caught within ¼ of a mile of the shoreline, along sandy beaches, rocky points and outcroppings and near river estuaries. However, they are also taken crashing on bait, mixed in with schools of Jack Crevalle, more than a mile off the beach. Roosterfish prefer water of 80º F or warmer in the southern regions, but are very active in 76° water in the northern reaches.

It must be emphasized when Roosters are in shallow water, they are actively feeding, and when they get their fill, they return to the safety of deeper water. This is the main reason casting a surface popper to the back side of the waves is effective. Some of our most popular destinations for catching Roosterfish are Crocodile Bay Costa Rica, Palmas de Cortez Mexico, Play de Sol Mexico and Guatemala.

Fishing Methods: Roosterfish are a light tackle fisherman’s dream.  Like all fish in the Jack family, they fight hard, but unlike some Jacks, they do not generally go into rocks even though they often live near rocky areas.  Therefore, you can land some pretty big fish on pretty light tackle. Roosterfish readily attack lures and bait.  They are often seen feeding at the surface as they splash around chasing baitfish.  They will come right up to shore, sometimes chasing baitfish onto the beach.

Most Roosterfish, especially the bigger ones, are generally not easy to land on lures.  They sometimes take poppers that are retrieved fast and smoothly but can be tricky to encourage to take. Catching them on live baits is a much more guaranteed method than lures. If you want to maximize your chances you should slow troll a large live baitfish.  Roosterfish sometimes play with the bait for a while, so you have to wait until you are sure they have engulfed the bait before setting the hook.



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