Blackbelly Rosefish

The blackbelly rosefish, Helicolenus dactylopterus, is a marine bony fish from the family Sebastidae, also known as bluemouth rockfish, and bluemouth seaperch. This Atlantic species is a typical sit-and-wait predator with a highly cryptic coloration.

Helicolenus dactylopterus is widely distributed in the Atlantic Ocean. In the west, it ranges from Nova Scotia to Venezuela. In the east, it ranges from Iceland and Norway to South Africa, including the Azores, Madeira and Canary Islands, and the entire Mediterranean Sea.

The blackbelly rosefish is a bathydemersal scorpionfish, found in soft bottom areas of the continental shelf and upper slope. They have been recorded at depths between 50 and 1,100 m (160 and 3,610 ft), but usually from 150 to 600 m (490 to 1,970 ft). They feed on both benthic and pelagic organisms including decapod crustaceans, fishes, cephalopods and sometimes pyrosomes, polychaetes and echinoderms.The proportions of these prey types in their diet vary according to the size of the fish.

Males reach a greater length and weight than females with the same age.

Max. length recorded: 47.0 cm TL;

Common length: 25.0 cm TL;

Max. published weight: 1,550 g;

Max. reported age: 43 years

Blackbelly rosefish have intraovarian gestation. Fertilization is internal, as free spermatozoa were found primarily in resting ovaries from July through early December, with peak occurrence in September through November in the Western Atlantic. There was a delay of 1–3 months before fertilization, as oocyte development did not begin until December.

Blackbelly Rosefish are typical by-catch when deep dropping off the Atlantic coast. With very large mouths, hook size is never a problem. Voracious eaters and currently plentiful, they are very easy to catch.

The Blackbelly Rosefish makes excellent table fare. They have a buttery and sweet meat that has the texture similar to crab meat. Delicious!

Species Information

Scientific Name:Helicolenus dactylopterus
Environment:Offshore
Ideal Temp:
Technique:Bottom Fishing
Lure Type:Bottom Rig
World Record:All-Tackle - 2.35 kg (5 lb 3 oz) - Norfolk Canyon, Virginia, USA - 14-Feb-2009
Other Names:blackbelly rosefish, rosefish

Latest Blackbelly Rosefish Fishing Reports and Spots

Groupers and Tiles - 3/26/2020 12:03:43 AM

Late fishing report for March 9. Went commercial deep dropping for the first time this year and we found some pretty fish. Snowy Groupers, G (View)


Dolphin, Blackbelly Rosefish, and Black Sea Bass - 11/5/2019 2:32:13 PM

Late fishing report for October 15, 2019 Caught a couple of bailer dolphin. Caught some Blackbelly Rose Fish on bottom. Missed a Swordfish in Pa (View)


8.16.19 - 8/18/2019 3:11:41 PM

Today we had the Backlash High Hopes and WaveRunner offshore. Inshore we had the Top Notch and Capt. Cheryl. The Backlash High Hopes and WaveRu (View)


Mahi, Snowy Grouper, Blueline Tilefish, Blackbelly Rosefish, and Skipjack Tuna - 8/17/2019 8:20:58 PM

Late fishing report for 8-10-2019   Caught a few Mahi, Snowy Grouper, Blueline Tilefish, Blackbelly Rosefish, and a Skipjack Tuna. (View)


Wahoo, Snowy Grouper, Black Seabass, Rosefish, and Amberjack - 8/17/2019 8:07:03 PM

Late fishing report for 7-31-2019 Wahoo, Snowy Grouper, Black Seabass, Blackbelly Rosefish, and Greater Amberjack. Beautiful day with friend (View)


8.3.19 - 8/5/2019 5:57:49 AM

Today we had the Backlash High Hopes Top Notch and WaveRunner offshore. Inshore we had the Capt. Cheryl as well as some of our overflow boats. (View)


Grouper, Tilefish, Mahi, Rosefish, and Hake. - 7/23/2019 12:56:55 AM

Late fishing report for 6-1-2019 Caught my first Yellow-faced Tilefish. Also caught Snowy Grouper, Yellowedge Grouper, Blueline Tilefish, Ma (View)


Dolphin, Wahoo, Snowy Grouper, Blueline Tilefish, and Blackbelly Rosefish - 7/23/2019 12:49:00 AM

Late fishing report for 5-16-2019 Went down South and caught Dolphin, Wahoo, Snowy Grouper, Blueline Tilefish, and Blackbelly Rosefish. (View)


11/11/17 Early November Offshore fishing report - 11/14/2017 12:06:04 PM

Things are getting better each week at Bud n' Mary's Marina since Hurricane IRMA. The outside dock where the houseboats are usually tied up sho (View)


10/28/17 Late October Islamorada Fishing Report - 11/2/2017 3:46:05 AM

The marina is looking better everyday since Hurricane IRMA. We've got most of our rooms and the ocean front house available to stay in and shou (View)