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Rooster fishing In Costa Rica

The Roosterfish is a fascinating and popular sport fish that many anglers target while fishing in Costa Rica. They are known for their distinctive dorsal fin which has seven long spines protruding from it that, when out of the water, stand nearly straight up and resemble a “rooster’s comb”.

Interestingly, their “rooster comb” often lays completely flat when in the water, no doubt allowing them to achieve greater hydrodynamics and maneuverability while swimming. It’s not that they can’t use their conspicuous dorsal fin underwater – they are in fact entirely capable of fully extending their dorsal fin underwater – but it is typically only when they are out of the water that their rooster comb and spectacular coloring can be fully seen and appreciated.

Even without their characteristic rooster comb, the Roosterfish has an impressive appearance. The body is a brilliant, shiny silver with a light aqua blue accent on its back and stark, striking dark stripes accenting both sides. You’ll definitely want to bring your camera because catching a Roosterfish makes for a great Photo op.


There is only one type of Roosterfish, and it is abundant in Costa Rican waters.

They are strong fighting fish and a fun catch that both the novice and experienced angler can enjoy. While the average Roosterfish we catch is moderate in size (usually 20-50 lbs), we have landed Roosters close to 5 ft long and topping 100lbs!.


There isn’t an official Rooster Fishing season in Costa Rica as it can routinely be caught year round. However, they seem to be more prolific from Dec-April with a slight dip in prevalence in September & October.


Roosterfish don’t seem to favor a particular area of the coast, so you should be able to land a nice one no matter where you plan to visit. Check out our different fishing packages, embarking from any number of Marinas throughout Costa Rica, today!

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