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An excellent In-shore Rooster fishing in Costa Rica

Roosterfish are extremely hard-fighting fish that uses their slab-sided body to significant effect when hooked. Seven long, threadlike dorsal spines characterize the Roosterfish. It has the most extended spine and is about half the length of the total length of the fish. The comb of the fish stands erect when the Roosterfish is excited, as when hooked. Usually, the fin remains retracted into a sheath along the fish’s back. 

Rooster Fishing Trips Quepos
Rooster Fishing Trips Quepos

In-shore Fighting Roosterfish in Costa Rica

The body of the rooster has two dark, curved stripes. They have pectoral fins. And at the base of this fin, there is a black spot, Roosterfish tapper in body shape, like amberjack. The color of Roosterfish is green to black on the back. The bottom part is white or golden. The first dorsal fin has two black stripes curved at the base.


The rooster has a dorsal fin. The dorsal fin has eight long sharp spines. One of their fins is on the east side of the spine. They also have 28 rays. Such a structure is their primary defense and attack mechanism. They even have folds in the dorsal sheath and need to be stored. They have 18 soft rays in the fins of the anus. Also, the fins are attached to three spines. The pectoral fins of the Roosterfish are pretty large in size, with 16 beams. 


In coastal areas, fish of this species usually find shelter in sandy places near the wall. They are available on beaches, lakes, and estuaries. They can live in shallow water without any difficulty until adolescence and when fully developed.

This species is available from June to September of the year. Their movements are very efficient. Fish of this species are available in river mouths, rocky places, and swollen solid areas. Their main geographical area is the American coast of the Pacific Ocean. It is available in various countries like Peru, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, and Mexico.

Size and Weight:

Typically, their weight is 40 kilograms. Also, their size is about 3 meters. These measures are very different, and their size can easily change location-wise.

Rooster Fish in Costa Rica
Rooster Fish in Costa Rica

Roosterfish age and growth: 

It is not easy to know the lifespan of a rooster. Anglers have caught these fish over four feet long and weighing 100 pounds. 

Food Quality: 

Very popular as food. However, the name gamefish has gained more recognition. Their diet includes a variety of fish. Fish of different sizes, such as bull or copper fish, and even other Roosterfish eat. However, they supplement their diet with mullet fish, sardines, and real koi fish. 

Roosterfish feeding habits: 

The eating habits of this species of fish are still unknown. Small fish like crabs, crabs like to eat national food.


Sport Hunting

This fish is prevalent in the world of sports fishing. Fighters or fishers have to work tirelessly to catch Roosterfish. Reputation is a challenge for many anglers. Certified by the current world sports fishing entity, IGFA weighed 114 pounds according to recent world records. This IGFA hunted off the coast of Baja California five years ago. However, their average prey is between 20 and 40 pounds.


This hard-hitting fish is one of my favorite fish. Roosterfish and Jack bite are abundant throughout the year in Costa Rica. Generally, June to October is considered the best time for them. However, Roosterfish weighing 20 to 80 pounds per month is available all year round. The Jaco area has some nice spots for big Roosterfish. In these places, they are like freight trains. They form groups, move around, and hit groups while hunting—the wonderful feeling when you come to Costa Rica. Costa Rica has no choice but to pursue hard-hitting Roosterfish. 

Fishing Method: 

Find the bait, and you will find Roosterfish where there is bait. Roosterfish usually live near internal rocks, walls, and surfs. Use slow trolling live bait in such places. You will find them flocking to the stones and walls and surfing at slow speed, trolling live bait. To reduce bait, use a downrigger or planner. They can also hunt with lures, spoons, sand rigs, and flies.

My best day ever

You can catch 2 or 3 beautiful fish with bait nearby in a half-day trip. Roosterfish hunting day in Costa Rica is my best day. Within 3 hours, with the help of the boat’s skilled crew, I caught two 40-pound Roosterfish, six 30-pound jacks, and 60-pound amberjack. 

World Record

According to the world record, Baja California, La Paz was able to catch the largest 114-pound Roosterfish.

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