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!
|Scientific Name:||Helicolenus dactylopterus|
|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
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
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
Late fishing report for 8-10-2019
Caught a few Mahi, Snowy Grouper, Blueline Tilefish, Blackbelly Rosefish, and a Skipjack Tuna. (View
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
Late fishing report for 6-1-2019
Caught my first Yellow-faced Tilefish. Also caught Snowy Grouper, Yellowedge Grouper, Blueline Tilefish, Ma (View
Late fishing report for 5-16-2019
Went down South and caught Dolphin, Wahoo, Snowy Grouper, Blueline Tilefish, and Blackbelly Rosefish. (View
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
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