The roosterfish, Nematistius pectoralis, is a game fish found in the warmer waters of the East Pacific from Baja California to Peru. It is the only species in the genus Nematistius and the family Nematistiidae.[2][3] It is distinguished by its "rooster comb", seven very long spines of the dorsal fin.

The roosterfish has an unusual arrangement of its ears: the swim bladder penetrates the brain through the large foramina and makes contact with the inner ear. It uses its swim bladder to amplify sounds.

Roosterfish can reach over 1.6 m (5 ft 3 in) in length and over 50 kg (110 lb) in weight. The weight of the average fish hooked is about 20 lb (9.1 kg). The fish is popular as a game fish, but it is not considered a good eating fish.

Species Information

Scientific Name:Nematistius pectoralis
Environment:Inshore, Nearshore, Surf
Ideal Temp:70-85°F (21-29°C)
Technique:Casting, Fly, Jigging, Trolling
Lure Type:Crankbaits, Flies, Jigs, Plugs, Topwater
World Record:51.71 kg (114 lb 0 oz) La Paz, Baja California, Mexico 01-Jun-1960
Other Names:roosterfish, rooster

Latest Roosterfish Fishing Reports and Spots

December 17 – December 28 Fishing Report – Panama Pandemic Fishing is RED HOT!!! - 1/18/2021 3:01:21 AM

Black Marlin – Blue Marlin – Yellowfin Tuna – Roosterfish – Cubera Snapper Believe it or not the fishing continues to get even better here in t (View)

Early December was very good fishing - 1/8/2021 5:36:06 PM

Man it was so much fun fishing in early Dec. roosterfish dorado striped Marlin and even some colorado snappers. Cabo n Baja Anglers brings smil (View)

Late December rocks - 1/8/2021 5:36:06 PM

Late December was just too much fun in Cabo. Marlin dorado Roosterfish jack cravelle n some more cubera snappers Thank you for fishing with us (View)

November 27 to December 12 Fishing Report – Panama Pandemic Fishing is on FIRE!!! - 1/1/2021 8:21:04 AM

Tuna – Cubera – Roosterfish After 10 long months the world is still in the midst of the COVID pandemic. Those who have dared to make the short (View)


Best November Pictores November had some of the best Cabo fishing of the year. The Los Cabos Pacific side has incredible fishing for Striped an (View)

November 19th - 11/27/2020 6:11:04 PM

Yea! Cabo is back to normal N we are fishing everyday November fishing has been very good. Just tons of fun in the sun. We are catching mostly (View)

Golfito Inshore and Bottomfishing - 11/27/2020 2:51:16 PM

Golfito Inshore Fishing Inshore we target the hard hitting harder fighting roosterfish and are commonly catching fish to 50+ pounds. The sandy (View)

November 17-20 Fishing Report – Back Open After 8 months! Tuna Wahoo Roosterfish and more!!! - 11/23/2020 3:46:27 PM

After 8 long months we are finally back!!! We kicked off our season this week with a bang! Although the weather wasn’t perfect we had some aweso (View)

CABO SUMMER FISHING IS HERE!!! - 11/5/2020 2:11:09 PM

Air: HIGH&hellip.. 81F / LOW&hellip.. 63F   Water: SEA OF CORTEZ 70 &ndash 73 F / PACIFIC 69 &ndash 71 Humidity: 33% Wind: OSO 6 mph Fis (View)

Cabo Reopening Fishing Report - 11/5/2020 2:11:08 PM

Striped Marlin aboard the Picante 40'    Air High/Low: 89° / 76° Water: Sea of Cortez 76° / Pacific 78° Humidity: 50% Win (View)