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Rooster Fish Weathervane – Swimming

Rooster Fish Weather Vane (Nematistius pectoralis) Swimming


The Rooster Fish Weather Vane, Nematistius pectoralis, featured in this image consists of a nickel silver fish with inlaid copper stripes. Because our vanes are individually handcrafted, the choice of metals can be modified at the time your order is placed. More traditionally, we use copper and brass, or copper and optional gold, or palladium leaf to obtain this kind of two toned effect.

It is distinguished by its “rooster comb” consisting of the seven very long spines of the dorsal fin. It is also noteworthy for its beautiful silver colored body and dark stripes. It was for this reason that we chose to make the body of the roosterfish out of nickel silver with alternating copper inlays. While non-ferrous, nickel silver is a somewhat stiffer metal to work which makes it more of challenge to use than the more malleable copper. However, once the copper starts to darken, it will look more and more like a true Roosterfish.

With its distinctive dorsal fin, the Roosterfish Weathervane makes a striking silhouette when viewed against the skyline. No one who has been lucky enough to see one of these amazing fish will ever be able to mistake it for anything else. Most of the fish weathervanes we make here at West Coast Weather Vanes are made for sport enthusiasts or as a gift from their spouses. Who wouldn’t want to proudly display this symbol of their interest? It’s certainly something to look up at and enjoy while planning one’s next fishing adventure.

The Roosterfish 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. 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 like most fish in the jack family (besides the amberjack and California yellowtail), it is not considered a good eating fish.