How to Catch a Rooster Fish

Rooster Fish, also known as Nematistius pectoralis, is one of the most sought-after game fish in the world. They inhabit coastal waters throughout the Pacific Ocean, from Southern California to Peru.

With its distinctive head shape and long dorsal fin, the Rooster Fish is a truly majestic creature that anglers all over the world aspire to catch.

In this blog post, we’ll explore how to successfully catch a Rooster Fish.

1. Location and Time of Year

The best time for fishing for roosterfish is spring through fall. During these months, they tend to be very active in shallow water close to shorelines; however, they can also be found in deeper waters ranging from 10-50 feet deep.

When looking for roosterfish, keep an eye out for baitfish activity or birds circling over areas with large concentrations of baitfish; these are sure signs that roosterfish may be lurking below.

2. Bait and Tackle

Roosterfish are both strong and aggressive predators with an appetite for almost anything they can swallow; therefore, live bait such as mackerels, sardines, anchovies, mullet or even squid can be used as effective lures when trolling or casting from shore or from a boat.

You’ll want to use at least a 20 lb test line when fishing for roosters due to their strength and size (they can reach up to 6 feet).

When trolling from a boat you’ll want to use a long rod (7-9 feet) equipped with heavy duty reels capable of retrieving line quickly if necessary.

3. Catching the Rooster Fish

When trolling from a boat you will want to move slowly at around 1 knot per hour while keeping your lure near the surface so it will look like prey swimming on top of the water; this technique works best when using live bait as it looks more natural than artificial lures.

If casting from shore or off rocks you’ll want to cast into areas where there are likely high concentrations of bait fish such as near structures (such as reefs) or where currents meet up and create eddies that attract bait fish.

Once you have hooked your roosterfish it is important to move quickly in order to tire them out before attempting any type of retrieval; otherwise, they will most likely break away due to their strength and agility underwater.


Catching a beautiful roosterfish can be both an exciting and rewarding experience; however, it does require patience and skill in order to land your catch safely without losing any tackle or damaging any equipment.

By following these simple steps you should have no problem catching your very own roosterfish! Good luck!

Joshua Hickman

Joshua has a vast knowledge of different types of fish and how to catch them, and he loves sharing this information with others. When he's not writing or fishing, Joshua enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

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