The roosterfish (Nematistius pectoralis) is a game fish commonly found in the Pacific Ocean waters surrounding Mexico, from the Gulf of California to Panama, and in the eastern Pacific, from California to Peru. It is distinguished by its "rooster comb", seven very long spines of the dorsal fin.

Image of a rooster fish

It is considered as a prized game fish because of its unusual beauty, and its feistiness as it chases surface bait. When it is hooked, it gives one heck of a fight.

A member of the Carangidae or Jack Family, it looks like no other jack.

It is normally a “catch and release” species, as its food value is poor. It feeds on sardines and other small silvery fishes and travels in packs chasing food onto the shore.

It has been reported to reach over four feet in length and up to 114 pounds (the current I.G.F.A. world record). It is often found close to shores, predominately during warm seasons with water temperatures in excess of 80 degrees, and at depths of up to 100 feet.

In Panama, a favorite method used to catch the rooster is to troll with small jacks, or to simply use a popper.

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